Meet Ambassador Mimi Stella, Dancing Her Way Through Life
January 29, 2018 [Mimi Stella, Masala Bhangra Ambassador]
Masala Bhangra Ambassadors have a unique perspective on Masala Bhangra, as
they are both teachers and students. We thought it’d be helpful to share
American Mimi Stella’s experience with the workout and the successes and
challenges she faced as a new instructor. ~ Sarina Jain
It is incredibly easy to feel consumed by your workload. I know the feeling all too well. At one point in time, even after hours of teaching, I would still come home to a stack of paperwork and a string of pending emails and phone calls. I found myself wondering, where is the time to pursue my personal life? And how important is doing so? I had thoroughly convinced myself that my schedule was packed as is, and there was absolutely no room—anywhere—to fit in an extra hour or so to socialize. But I think my life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur has allowed me to master the art of finding the time. I came to accept the fact that there really was no immediate way to minimize my workload (and in no way am I complaining because I love what I do); I would need to just prioritize keeping in touch with the people that mean so much to me.
Masala Bhangra Performing at the Alvin Ailey World Dance Showcase
July 19, 2017 [Vritika Patni]
This year was the first time I was able to work around my schedule to attend the show that I had heard so much about. I was excited tobe on the other end of a dance show as an audience member. Moreover, I knew there had to be something very special in Masala Bhangra’sability to convince the average person, someone who doesn’t dance on a regular basis, that he / she is very capable of performing. I booked a red-eye flight and managed to make it to the first production.
I think one of the most important lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is the importance of taking risks. Everyone is constantly faced with a multitude of choices, and it is up to you to decide what defines a success versus a supposed failure. People perceive a successful entrepreneur to be someone distinguished by fame and money, but to me, success is making a difference in someone’s life.
I grew up with the culture of both Bollywood and Bhangra dance, as my father had always stressed the importance of holding onto our Indian heritage. His passing away was an eye opener for me, and it catalyzed the birth of my company, Masala Bhangra.
Throughout my twenty five years of intense training as a fitness instructor, it was always clear to me that I wanted a family. Today our daughter, Sahana Jain, is two months old, and it's crazy to think about how the lifestyle I was so accustomed to has changed so rapidly. My everyday routine consists of the expected diaper changes, feeding, and naps--yet I love every minute of being a mom and spending time with my daughter.