Shamita trained in ballet, contemporary dance and jazz at the Urdang Academy of Ballet and Performing Arts, London; and in bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Institute of Indian Culture), also in London.
Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Dance)
Module Leader for Contemporary Techniques 2
Shamita was born in Scotland, and trained in ballet, contemporary dance and jazz at the Urdang Academy of Ballet, and in bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) at the Bhavan Centre in London. She has been an independent dance artist for twenty years, performing, teaching, and choreographing all over the world. Specialising in contemporary dance and bharatanatyam, she has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s top choreographers, including Shobana Jeyasingh and Wayne MacGregor. She has also worked internationally for companies such as Tabula Rasa (Scotland), Tanzfabrik and Tanzfestival Bielefeld (Germany), Axel Danses (Belgium), Sinha Danse (Canada), and Tatarstan State Opera (Russia).
As a solo artist, she has choreographed her own work, blending Western contemporary dance and South Asian movement techniques such as bharatanatyam and yoga. Her work has been performed throughout the UK and Europe, and has been supported by Akademi, the Southbank Centre, Chisenhale Dance Space and Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Team. She has also been commissioned to create new work for the I.F.O.N.L.Y. Festival in Ireland.
Making the decision to take on full-time teaching, in 2011 she undertook the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Dance), with QTLS status. Alongside teaching at Creative Academy, she also teaches at Trinity Laban, and has taught previously for organizations such as Green Candle Dance Company, East London Dance, Chisenhale Dance Space, and the Royal Academy of Dance.
Most recently, she trained as a yoga teacher, and currently offers classes, workshops and retreats around the world. She believes passionately in the benefits of yoga for mind and body, and its particular value for dancers and dance students.