Our Instructors

The Bolly Factor is home to two of the best choreographers in the area bringing years of experience from Bollywood  to the DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and nurturing environment where students of all ages and backgrounds can explore, learn, and excel in the captivating world of dance.

Samruddhi Pande

Creative Director of Choreography

Samruddhi Pande is a talented Bollywood background dancer, assistant choreographer, and educator with an impressive career spanning both the Indian film industry and the United States. With her infectious energy, captivating stage presence, and exceptional dance skills, Samruddhi has become a sought-after artistic choreographer in the entertainment community in DMV area.

Samruddhi is formally trained in Bharatnatyam, Khatak, and Bollywood dance styles but her expertise extends beyond the stage and film sets. She is a dedicated educator sharing her knowledge and passion for Bollywood dance through workshops and masterclasses across the United States. Her teaching style focuses on technique, expression, and storytelling, enabling her students to embody the spirit of Bollywood through their performances.

In addition to her contributions to the entertainment industry, Samruddhi continues to participate in charity events and dance fundraisers, using her talent to make a positive impact in the community.

Ashley Thomas

Creative Director of Choreography

Ashley is an outgoing and energetic dance Instructor with talent in a wide variety of Bollywood and cultural dances. Ashley has experience teaching all age groups and has taught in private dance schools, colleges, and adult education centers. Professionally, he’s had a colorful career as a Bollywood dancer and assistant choreographer while working with well known choreographers such as Geeta Kapoor, Bosco Ceaser, Sanjay Shetty, Swarup, and Sumit-Vinod.

During his career, Ashley has appeared in several awards shows including Star Screen, Filmfare, IIFA, Gima, Stardust, and many more. Ashley has taught dance to several superstars including Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Amir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Priyanka Chopra.

Ashley infuses The Bolly Factor with the charm of Bollywood, sharing his passion for instructing, engaging in community events, and spotlighting the global art of Bollywood dance within the DMV entertainment scene. 

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