Introducing our Leadership Team

Meet Dance Connect's leaders for the 2023-2024 season!

Anisha Bhat - Founder & Director

Anisha is a high school student in the Bay Area who is passionate about dancing and making a positive change in the community. She has been dancing for over 10 years and has trained in many disciplines including ballet, contemporary, and jazz. She is beyond excited to share her joy of dance with students at Dance Connect.

Elena Patro - Communications Director

Shreya Elena is an incoming senior in the Bay Area. She has over 10 years of dance experience and can't wait to join the team of Dance Connect to widen the opportunity for people to learn and perform dance.


Meet our hard-working and experienced teachers!

Des Proctor - HipHop, Jazz, Contemporary

Des has been dancing for just over 10 years and has been teaching dance for 2 years. Des loves every genre but has a special place in her heart for contemporary! She can't wait to begin teaching.

Ann - Bollywood

Ann is fifteen years old and she has been doing Bollywood dance for around eight years! She is so looking forward to teaching Bollywood at Dance Connect.

Anisha - Ballet, Stretch

Anisha has been dancing for over nine years and has danced on pointe for four years. She is really excited to share the passion ballet and stretch has given her with her students.

Elena - Odissi

Shreya Elena Patro has been learning Odissi Dance for over nine years at iGurukul Odissi with Guru Gayatri Mishra Joshi. She has taught Odissi for around a year. She continues to grow as a dancer and wants to teach Odissi to spread Indian culture.

Kate - Stretch

Kate has been doing jazz for over five years and has assisted and taught classes for 2 years! She is so excited to teach our Dance Connect students and watch them grow as dancers.