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Jahnavi Sheriff

Dance, Modelling & Yoga



12 Years




30 Mins




Jahnavi Sheriff is a trained Bharata Natyam dancer from Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, Chennai. After completing her diploma in Dance, she trained for a year at the Broadway Dance Center, New York, where she graduated receiving the outstanding student award (2014). During her time in New York she fell in love with Dancehall and also had the opportunity to work with Kalamandir Dance Company there and was a part of the Urban Dance league.  Upon her return to India, she started spreading her love for this particular dance form all over the country.  She travels extensively across India to teach dancehall including Terence Lewis Academy, The Danceworx, and The Wooden Stage and for brands like Casa Bacardi etc. She has performed and choreographed for artists like Nucleya and Reggae Rajahs at music festivals like NH7 Weekender, Royal Enfield Rider Mania and Goa Sunsplash, Naezy: Maghreb Album Launch, and also featured in Ritviz Music video Chalo Chalein, Fevikwik.  She has also choreographed and featured in the music videos: Indian Wine by General Zooz and Sureal, and Bam Bam by Sureal, Mumbai Gyal Music Video – General Zooz. Worked as a movement director for Laiqa Pads featuring Tapsee Panuu, and also she choreographed for Leslee Lewis and Omar goodings music video : Entourage, she has more upcoming projects lined up.

In 2017, She did a brief residency with Astad Deboo, for the Project Collisions. In 2018, she along with General Zooz appeared on stage at the world’s largest reggae festival, Rototom Sunsplash in Spain. She is the founder of Smash Dem Crew, a strictly dancehall crew that’s instrumental in organising workshops with artists from Jamaica to promote and spread the love of authentic dancehall in India.  She frequently participates in Dancehall workshops and competitions Internationally to grow and polish her skills. She was the first runner up in Asia’s Dancehall Queen Competition (Taiwan) 2018! 

Jahnavi Sheriff started her yoga journey at the age of 11 when her mother, yoga teacher Shameem Akthar, enrolled her into a Sivananda Ashram Kids Camp in Kerala. She was immediately struck by the simplicity of ashram life and started discovering that practicing yoga made her feel good in the body, mind and soul. Since then, she has gone on to become certified by Sivananda Ashram (Uttarkashi) and Indea Yoga (Mysore) as a yoga teacher. Having been immersed in yoga from an early age and having ardently studied different schools of Yoga, Jahnavi has developed her own unique style of teaching. She conducts each class based on the specific needs of the student, whether it’s a personal session or a group workshop. Jahnavi has traveled around the country teaching yoga at fitness camps and music festivals like Ignite (Shillong) and Goa Sunsplash, to name a few. In 2019, Jahnavi was invited by TedX to give a talk which she titled, Fitness is a State of Mind. As a professional dancer, trained at Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts and BroadWay Dance Center, NYC, Jahnavi has also created a Yoga for Dancers program which has been very popular with the dance community in India. She is based in Mumbai where she currently teaches personal and group classes, and was a cult icon for 3 months, promoting and sharing Yoga tips on cult app and instagram, She also taught for Biba (clothing), and Dr.Vaidya: Instagram Live and also at the U.S consulate for international yoga day. 

As a Model/ Actor, Jahnavi has also had the opportunity to feature in the following commercials in India where she has been seen on commercials and hoardings across India. She has had the opportunity to feature in commercials for KOTAK MAHINDRA, HOTSTAR IPL SUPER HERO AD, Fab India ekees campaign, Fila, Zelocity, Himalaya Neem Face Wash, Being Human, Hp Laptops, Amul Milk, Flipkart, Ebay world Music Day, 2go FItness, Sunfeast Digestive, just to name a few! Jahnavi has done a one month film and theatre acting course by Actors Prepares.

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