Jwala started learning Bharatanatyam when she was about 7 years old with Smt. Subha Prasanna in Fishers, Indiana. Smt. Subha was a passionate teacher and she played a huge role in motivating Jwala to practice and improve her dancing.
After about a year, Smt. Subha moved away from Indiana, and Jwala started learning from Smt. Vrinda Sunil. Jwala was the first student of Smt. Vrinda’s Natyalaya School of Arts, which started in 2007. At this school, Jwala learned Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, and Carnatic Sangeetham. She soon started to perform on a regular basis and eventually began to compete in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam. Mrs. Vrinda played a large role in nurturing Jwala’s love for dance, and helped her become comfortable performing on stage. Jwala performed regularly and won many regional competitions for five years until the age of 12.
At this time, Jwala joined Smt. Mangala Anand to further her advancement in Bharatanatyam. Smt. Mangala teaches Vazhuvoor style Bharatanatyam, which was a change from Jwala’s previous style of dancing. Smt. Mangala studied dance from the renowned Guru Bharata Shiromani, Smt. Padmini Ramachandram, and also from the prominent Guru Shingaramani, Smt. B Bhanumati. With a performance lasting more than 18 years, Smt. Mangala has performed at the Hampi Festival, the National Dance Festival conducted by Sangeet Natak Academy, the Telegu Vighnana Samiti, the Every Friday Cultural Evening Program, and the Nrityotsava sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She is also part of a luminous dance troupe called Bharatanjali, and was chosen by the Department of Kannada and Culture to be trained by the veteran Guru Padmashree, Dr. Padma Subramanyam. Smt. Mangala is a passionate dancer as well as a strict perfectionist, and she has inspired Jwala to think of incorporating dance into her career rather than just doing it as a hobby. She also firmly believes in imparting her profound knowledge of Bharatanatyam to young aspiring artists through her dance school Nritya Bharathi, where Jwala is currently learning.
Jwala did her Bharatanatyam Arangetram on 15 Aug 2015 at Zionsville performing arts center in Indiana, USA. It was done under the auspices of Smt.Mangala Anand with live musicians from India. This solo debut program was two and half hours long and was attended by about 700 people. Sri. V V Sundaram (Cleveland Thyagaraja festival) graced the occasion as chief guest long with guest of honors Smt. Hema Rajagopalan (Natya dance theatre) and Sri. K P Singh (K P Singh Designs).
Jwala also learned Bollywood dance from Mrs. Archana Thaker. Through her dance academy Aradhana Institute of Dance, Mrs. Archana has been teaching Bollywood, Classical and Folk Dances of India in Indianapolis, Indiana since 1996. She has also taught dances of India at the Academy of the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Summer Intensive Workshop for over eight years. Teaching at the Academy was a means of fostering cultural exchange between the people of India and the US through Indian Classical, Folk, & Bollywood dancing. She has judged several events including National Dance Competitions such as the Raas Royalty hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington and the Dandia Dhamaka hosted by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Apart from her love towards children and knowledge in the dances of India, Mrs. Archana is a social worker and believes in giving back to the community. Mrs. Archana has served as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the India Association of Indianapolis (IAI) in 2007 and the President of the IAI Executive Committee in 2002 and 2003. Mrs. Archana has received her degree of Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in Finance and a minor in International Studies from the IU Kelley School of Business. She also received her degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in International Business from Butler University and currently works for Pedcor Bancorp as Assistant Vice President.