Producer, Artistic Director, Lead Choreographer, Dancer, Actor- Playing, 'Rohini'
"Renu Kumar is the Founder/Artistic Director/Choreographer/Principal Dancer of RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy (Founded in 2004). She has worked as a master teacher and performer in Modern Indian/Bollywood/Folk dancing in the U.S. for 1982. Renu is originally from India and has extensive training in Classical North Indian Kathak, Folk and Modern dances. In addition, she was trained in many other art forms, which include painting, graphic design, computer animation, and photography. These skills have provided her with the backbone for her artistic expression and are heavily utilized in her work as an Artistic Director.
She graduated from Meerut University with a B.A. in Fine Arts and a Masters in Political Science. She has a passion for dance from childhood and sees dance as a primary medium of artistic discourse. For her, dance is like a form of yoga, which synchronizes the inner biorhythms with the movements of the body.
This will be RGK Modern India Dance Academy's 14th major original Bollywood productions, some highlights of previous productions include: "All is Well", "Best Bollywood Inn" (MN Fringe Festival 2015 with the best audience review), "Door", "Cocoon", "Chabbi Ka Guccha". RGK group also has performed in a Hollywood movie,"Problem Solving the Republic".
Renu has been honored with several awards for performances, innovative directing and choreography. Renu and her selected charities been honored with awards from the Dr. Dash Foundation (2016 and 2015), and the Travelers Insurance group (2011). She has raised funds through RGK's annual Bollywood Dance musicals locally and internationally for Second Harvest Heartland, Alzheimers Association of MN, Children Hospitals, CRY, Red Cross, Hindu Society of MN and name of few. Her work has been profiled by TV Asia and Plymouth Magazine, as well as several TV and radio channels. She has been Honorary Judge for several shows including Vibha, "Taal" (2009, 2010, 2014), and Talentz (2013), "Natya Manjari" (2015).
Renu would love everyone to come and see this wonderful show that depicts how nature-elements affect each and every one of us. She is very grateful and thankful to the Dancing Bare Feet staff, RGK volunteers, sponsors, family, friends from Minneapolis, all over for their continuous love and support to her new an original work every year. Please do come to give us your feedback after the show.
Script Writer, Stage Manager, RGK Volunteer
Sayali is thoroughly enjoying her very first experience of play-writing for the Minnesota Fringe Festival production of the Bollywood Musical Drama “Dancing Bare Feet”. She has participated in plays during her school days and once in 2016 in the RGK Dance Academy Dance Drama “All Is Well”. She finds it’s great to be re-united with the same team with some new members. She is a Mechanical Engineer by profession but enjoys artistic hobbies. She thanks the RGK Dance Academy and the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the opportunity and hopes everyone enjoys the show.
Ashley Nicole Stevens
Actor, playing, 'Leena Thomas', Dancer
Ashley Nicole Stevens is an actor/singer from St. Paul, MN. Since graduating from Bethel University, with B.A.s in Theatre Arts and Sacred Music, she has performed as: Martha Dunnstock in Heathers: The Musical (Twin Cities Community Theatre), Inez in No Exit (Directed by Carlie Abel), Melisandre/Narrator in Game of Thrones: The Musical (Really Spicy Opera; MN Fringe Festival 2016), Chorus in Little Women (Theatre 301), and Various Roles in Christmas Programming (New Seed Theatre). This is Ashley's first production with RGK Dance and she is very excited for everyone to come see this wonderful show. Thank you for your support!
Actor, playing, 'David', Dancer
Sam is absolutely thrilled to be performing in his second Minnesota Fringe Festival production of Dancing Bare Feet this year. This will be Sam’s 24th production over the span of his acting career thus far. His last MN Fringe credit included him playing Taiko drummer Dietrich in Restless Beat. Sam has recently finished performing as youth pastor Justin Waverly in Southern Hospitality at the Lakeville Arts Center, as well as his first season with the Black Dirt Improv troupe in Hastings Minnesota. He is a Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Northern Colorado, and enjoys practicing varieties of dance such as Ballroom and Jazz, hiking and playing drums (of all kinds). He thanks you very much for coming to see this masterpiece, and hopes you really enjoy it.
Actor, playing, 'Sumi Thomas', Dancer, Coordinator
Kamal a.k.a Kam Aggarwal (Sumi Thomas) is delighted to be performing in RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy's production "Dancing Bare Feet" for the Fringe Festival. Kamal has a Bachelor's of Engineering from Pune University. She loves to act and dance and has performed in multiple cultural shows with local community organizations for 16 years. Kamal has also produced, choreographed and enacted multiple skits and dances for private events. Kamal is engaged with the production of the "Vaishaki Mela" for MN Punjabi Society and MN Sikh Society for 17 years and is an active participant for Diwali shows. Her previous RGK production was a lead role in the Bollywood dance drama "Cocoon". Kamal would like to thank each and every one of you for coming to see the show. Please form a line outside her dressing room after final curtain. 😊
Actor, playing, 'John Thomas'
Robert is excited to be working on Barefoot Dancing with Renu Kumar, cast and Crew.Robert has been on stage at Theater in The Round, Lex-Ham Theater, Century College, and other stages in the area. This summer he finished a feature film and worked on a pilot for TV. He has written/acted first person monologues based on historical/biblical figures and fictional characters, as well as helped out in the Fringe before. He is happy to be a member of the Actors Workout taught by Raye Birk.
Stage Manager, Actor, playing, 'Mike Leena's Boyfriend', Dancer
Lowell Rice is excited to be a part of his first show with RGK. It is his third year performing in the MN Fringe Festival, having previously been in Game of Thrones: The Musical (Roose Bolton/Ensemble) and Jacob's Ladder (Esau/Ensemble). Lowell graduated from Bethel University with a BA in Musical Theatre and Acting/Directing.
Actor, playing, 'Prem Kapoor' Bollywood Director, RGK Volunteer
A high school stint at monologue delivery can incite a desire to shoot for ''stage related activities of some sort, at some point in one's life''. Thanks to a friend, I have been able to become at least an amateur, in that regard. The fun of appearing on stage can be quite gratifying to some, conceivably. Quickly recognizing the potential for overstating, it is probably prudent to move on to the business end of the bio.
My encounter with the Minnesota Fringe Festival set of events resulted in a play, ''The Best Bollywood Inn'', in 2015. I was one of many characters, and needless to day, it was, personally, quite an exhilarating experience for me. Rest in person, folks.
Thank you for reading this. I feel much obliged.
Actor, playing, 'Sunny' Thomas, Dj, Dancer
hi I'm Yesh. I have had a great experience working with renuji and RGK group since last year. I really love the strong energy ms. Renu brings to every practice and show. RGK group has always had many talented actors and dancers. RGK is a great platform to show your hidden talent. The founder Ms. Renu has strong organizational skills due to experience throughout many years. We strongly believe that we will be a great success even this time for Dancing Bare Feet.
Anu Elayaperumal developed a passion for dancing after watching her very first Bollywood movie as a child. She trained in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, and enjoys creating dances which fuse classical Bharatanatyam with other forms of dance. Growing up in the Twin Cities, she has performed at various cultural events and shows and enjoys sharing the beauty and culture of the Indian dance art form. Anu graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in biology and physiology and is currently working in the medical device healthcare field.
Upasana is an artist born in rich and multi-cultured place of Rajasthan, India. Her family inspired her to be pursuing hobby into doing artwork and dancing at an early age. She acquired a master’s degree in finance from India and parallel took deep dive knowing Rajasthan cultural art & Indian Bollywood dance. She performed dance at various events and her school/college events. After her marriage she moved to United States and joined RGK Modern Dance Academy Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started performing various Bollywood dance forms at events around Minneapolis.
Experience with RGK Dance Academy:
I used to miss dancing after moving to Minneapolis but I found RGK Dance Academy that allowed me explore my passion for dance. I joined RGK that enabled me to perform at various dance events around Minneapolis. RGK Dance Academy has given impetus to my passion and I am growing day by day being a part of it. I am very much excited to perform at Fringe Festival with RGK Dance Academy.
Stage Manager, RGK Volunteer
Set Designer, RGK Volunteer
Script Writer, RGK Volunteer
Prashant is not new to the theatre. An engineer by training he grew up in northern India surrounded by dance, drama and music through his fathers vocation and is particularly fond of singing. He has been involved with RGK Dance Academy for over a year.
Pooja Sudarshan is a talented dancer trained from the age of 7 Yrs in the classical dance form of South India called Bharathanatyam. She has performed in several reputed cultural gatherings and meetings and completed the junior level certification in Bharathanatyam. She has also performed in many dance festivals at historic locations in South India like Belur, Shravanabelagola etc. She has a masters degree in commerce from the University of Bangalore and has several years of experience as a quality certification professional. She is also trained in the Carnatic music as a vocalist from the age of 5.
Shagun Uppal is a rising middle schooler. She loves to sing, dance and play the piano and violin. Shagun discovered her love for dance with RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy three years ago and has been dancing ever since. She is looking forward to performing at the fringe festival!
My name is Akshaya Vengala and I am 8 years old. I am in 3rd grade at Meadow Ridge Elementary school. Dancing has been my passion since I was three years old. I love to dance, a good inclination to Bollywood Dance. I have performed in many events organized by RGK Academy over the past four years. My other hobbies are reading books, playing with my friends and listening to music.
I feel very privileged to be part of RGK Academy where I am surrounded by so much inspiration. I feel so lucky to have Renu Kumar as my Dance teacher. To have the opportunity to dance and getting trained in such an inspiring environment is not only an advantage but a motivating experience.
Esha is a rising sophomore in High School.
She is fond of dancing and singing and is taking professional training in classical voice and dance lessons.
Esha loves taking photographs as well as spending time with family and friends.
She has enjoyed practicing with RGK for Dancing Bare Feet.
Dancer, RGK Volunteer
Swati Kumar, Software Engineer origins from India passionate for dance since childhood. Enjoy Dancing and choreography the groups of all ages. Lives in Eden Prairie, MN with husband and 7 years old son and 2 years old daughter. Love to spent time with family and teach dance to my kids.
Varsha Lowe will be a Junior in High School. She started dance this year under the leadership of Renu Kumar. Varsha is thrilled by this opportunity to dance and perform.
Work: I am working in Wells Fargo Bank as a Business System Consultant.
Degrees: I am Masters in Mathematics and MBA in Human Resource and Marketing.
Family: I am living in Chanhassen (MN) with my husband, Sharad and my 6 years old son Vatsal.
About me: I am a very fun loving, happy and extrovert girl. I have a passion for dancing. In school and college, I have won many prizes in Dance, Mehndi, Advertisement making, Science projects, Sports, and Art competitions. I am a good painter and artist. I have performed in Hindu Temple for Holi and Milan Mandir as well. I was the Captain of Girls Cricket Team during MBA.
With RGK: It is a great fun to work with RGK. Dancing Bare Feet producer, director Renu is so polite and a very nice person. I am really excited to perform in Fringe 2017.
Dancer, RGK Volunteer
"Shruti is very delighted to be performing in RGK Dance Academy's production "Dancing Bare Feet" for Fringe festival. She has learned classical Kathak dance during school days. She has participated in dances and plays at various events in schools and college. She has also been performing in dances at various cultural events in Minneapolis over the past 5 years. She has a Bachelors in Engineering and is a Project Manager by profession in the Financial industry. She enjoyed dancing in RGK's dance drama "All is Well" in 2016 and has been performing with RGK at various events over the last 1 year. Thanks to RGK for providing me an opportunity to pursue my passion for dance."
Artist, RGK Volunteer