Jhalak’s Founder & Instructors

Pooja Mehta has been teaching Bollywood Fusion dance to children and adults for the past 10 years. She also has broad experience in Bollywood dance as well as Indian classical dances, Bharatnatyam and Kathak. Ms. Mehta studied with Nartan Dance Academy of Indian Classical Dance Kathak. 

Ms. Mehta’s following continues to grow and Jhalak Dance Academy continues to expand. They have also expanded to offer classes in community dance studios and local fitness institutions, making dance available to everyone! 

With excellent instruction, a mind to be fit and a heart to dance, Jhalak Dance Academy continues to be the place to dance in the Upper Montgomery County region.

Pooja Mehta has a B.A. In Theatre and a minor in Technological Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland. She is also a Hillman Entrepreneurship Scholar.



Aastha Pandita – Dance Instructor

Dancing is more than an activity for me, it’s passion, meditation, love and expression combined in one. I am dancing ever since I remember.  Performing at various national/state events in India and teaching bollywood, contemporary and themed choreography, has always been an exciting part of my life. It feels happy to connect others with dance and let them feel the positivity. 


Losia N – Dance Instructor – BollyX

Dance fitness is more than a business for me its a passion! A great way for me to relieve my stress became a wonderful opportunity to have fun while staying fit. As a mother of two, wellness is my priority.  Having fun showing others how to start, maintain or endure their fitness journey makes the sore muscles and long days worth it. We all have an inner rock star. Come unleash yours with me!

Nick Tax – Gymnast & Instructor

Nick Tax is a gymnast from the greater washington D.C. Area with a passion for sharing knowledge. He has trained in a variety of arts, including breakdancing, ballroom, hip hop, tumbling, and partner acrobatics – and has been teaching these arts professionally for over 10 years. He is an ISSA certified personal trainer, as well as a coach and choreographer for a competitive gymnastics exhibition team. 

Ellie Moffat – Marketer

There is nothing I love more than helping small business grow and succeed through digital marketing.  Working with Jhalak is a great example of this.  The last two years I’ve fully emerged myself in the world of marketing and found that helping others succeed is truly rewarding. 

Viral Doshi – Webmaster

Having a small start up business blossom into a more stable, well run business is the greatest achievement for a website designer. Seeing Jhalak Academy grow further is a great example of such satisfaction and hardwork. I look forward to the continued growth and success for the company and for Pooja.