graduating NYU Pre-Med/Psychology, Pavan Thimmaiah abandoned his lifelong
goal of becoming a doctor to pursue his dream of becoming a dancer. Since
that time, Pavan has gone on to create a successful dance career, highlighted
by him founding PMT Dance Studio and the PMT Seasonal Showcase Company in
2001 and being the first (American born) Indian to choreograph for a major
US recording artist. Completely self-taught, Pavan has guest spoken & taught at conferences
and dance seminars across California, the East Coast and Canada. He has been featured
in numerous magazines and newspapers including Dance Europe, Dance Mogul
Magazine, The Dance
Gazette, Attitude Dancer’s Magazine, Washington Square News, among
others. Pavan’s dance company, PMT Dance Company, has performed as featured acts in
various prestigious venues including the Canadian National Exhibition
International Dance Festival (NYC – Duke Theater) & as the opening number in
the Bollywood International Movie Awards (2003 – Trump Taj Mahal - Atlantic
City, NJ). PMT
Dance Company presented its first independent production in 2008, which was
later featured on “Young Revolutionaries” on the Sundance Channel (2009).
Pavan has also built a reputation for developing young recording artists
towards being well-rounded performers, resulting in music videos and tours
for these artists. Some of these artists include Stefani Vara, Alex Feder (aka
– Leonard Friend) and the XYZ Affair, and Matt Palmer.
Pavan’s talents have taken to some of our biggest stages, as he has performed for
the likes of Apache Indian, Sean Paul and on various TV programs/networks like the
Conan O’Brien Show, MTV and performing and choreographing for
NBC’s The Today Show
(2010, 2012, 2013).
Pavan's most recent NBC TV appearance featured a
performance with Vanilla Ice, which he also choreographed. He
has choreographed for MCA Day - an event dedicated to deceased Beastie Boy
member Adam Yauch featuring some of Hip Hop's music's pioneers. The
MCA Day performance, which featured monks bboying, was the highest trending
story a day after its release (on twitter/facebook). He
is slated to choreograph a half-time segment at Madison Square Garden in
August of 2014, where he will be joined by PMT Dance Company and select
With entity he created in PMT Dance Studio & PMT Seasonal Showcase
Co., Pavan has made a positive impact to the dance community in ways that
surpass simply performing.
He has used his company as a means to create and hold a number of events for
the dance community. He is the co-founder of the successful "Urban
Renewal" Battle and Jam, and has organized dance events with Ken Swift,
Cricket, Shockalocke, & locking creator Don Campbell, to name a few.
His showcase company, PMT Seasonal Showcases, has helped the dance career of
dozens companies. He has funded and produced shows for Cobu, Ellenore Scott (ELSCO
Dance), JChen Dance Company and many others. Many companies received
their first 'break' here at PMT, where they were able to put on their own
feature show for the first time. Through all of this, he has helped
establish the 'PMT' entity within the dance community and opened doors for
people to explore their passion for dance.
Pavan’s most valued accomplishments may
come from his career as a teacher and mentor.
Over the years, he has not only endowed students with what he knows but
opened doors for them to grow as independent artists resulting in the birth and revival of
dozens of dancers. Some of his success stories
as a teacher/mentor include dancers like Alan Watson,
Lara Duncan and the 2012 'Stars of Tomorrow' Apollo Theater Champion Kai Rivera
(8 years old at the time).
He strives to find the right way to
get the most out of every student’s potential. He is one of the few
teachers that specializes in working with 'everyday people' in helping
them overcome their fears and dance for the first time regardless of age
or background. His teaching credits
include Peridance, Ballet Arts,
New York University,
the Alvin Ailey School (Extension
Wadleigh School for the Performing Arts as
well as the School of American Ballet as a guest teacher. Pavan
continues to teach hip-hop at Long Island University. He is the first teacher to be given an Intermediate
level dance class (in the Hip Hop genre) for the Ailey Extension Program.