Meet our Dance Educators
Hip Hop and Ballet
Garima Bhatia is the Founder & Director of Marigold Dance Studio based in Edison, NJ. She kick-started her dancing career when she joined Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts at the age of 16. While attending college and pursuing her degree in Bachelors of Mass Media & Advertising, Garima continued to explore other styles of dancing, in particular, Salsa. She joined Salsa India, a prominent Salsa company in India, and experienced first-hand, the international standard of dance. For 2 years she trained in various Latin styles like Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bachata, and Merengue. In the year 2010, Garima traveled to the Turkish International Salsa Congress to perform and teach among the biggest names in the Salsa world. In 2011, she pursued her advanced dance training as a part of the International Student Visa Program at Broadway Dance Center, in various technical and street styles like Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. Garima holds a “Certificate of Excellence” from her ISVP training. She also studied New York-style salsa under Karel Flores, one of the most prominent names in NYC salsa scene. Garima is the official choreographer of International music video filmed for “Monster High India”. The Mattel-produced music video is acted by upcoming Bollywood actress, Shazahn Padamsee.
Lisa is Director of Lisa Botalico Fiesta Flamenca and Assistant Director/Principal Dancer of Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre also toured the USA as Artistic Director/Principal Dancer of La Compañía Folklorica Latina for National Theatre of the Performing Arts. She was featured on NJN’s Images/Imagenes, including the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Spanish Guitar. Lisa has performed throughout NJ, including NJPAC, Community Theatre, Crossroads Theatre and George Street Playhouse. Lisa’s photo was included in 100 Years of Flamenco in NYC at NYC’s Library for the Performing Arts Lincoln Center. She was Arts Council of Princeton’s Fall 2014 Artist in Residence.
Hip Hop and Ballet
Jackie is currently a senior at Rider University studying elementary education and dance. She began dancing at Just Dance! where she studied many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern and musical theater. She was also a member of their competitive team and was often recognized for her flexibility and emotional execution. Jackie is currently studying dance at Rider University and takes classes at the Princeton Ballet School. At Rider, she has taken classes in world dance, pilates and improvisation. At the Princeton Ballet School, Jackie has trained in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and COMBO (connection of mind and body training). She is also a member of the Rider Dance Ensemble and performs with them twice a year. She has been teaching dance for three years and has taught a variety of styles including ballet, hip-hop and jazz. Her favorite part about teaching is watching her students grow as dancers. Jackie believes that she is her happiest when she is dancing and hopes
to help all the children she teaches find a love and passion for dance.
Kim has been involved in the multi-cultural music and dance genre since 1989 and has performed at numerous venues such as Lincoln Center, The Ohio Theatre (SOHO), CAMI Hall (NYC), DanceSpace (NYC), FIT (NYC), The Evolving Arts Theatre (NYC), The Black Box Theatre (NJ), as well as at many colleges, universities, and festivals as a soloist and with her own dance company, and with SaZ Dance Theatre, Jamila Salimpour’s Bal Anat and Dalia Carella’s DNA Project. Kim holds certifications in Training & Development, Multiple Intelligences and the Arts and BA degree from Kean University. She is a certified dancer in the Salimpour School of Dance, Berkeley, CA. Kim is a recipient of Dance New Jersey 2010 Educators in Dance Scholarship and was voted New Jersey’s Favorite Belly Dance Teacher in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014. She has taught a variety of workshop topics at many festivals and events nationally. Her acclaimed dance company, Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble has performed at festivals and theatres nationally and their performances have been partially supported by funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts.