PAVAN THIMMAIAH • HIP HOP • BREAKING
Director & Founder of PMT
After graduating NYU Pre-Med/Psychology, Pavan Thimmaiah decided to pursue his dream of becoming a dancer instead of following his lifelong goal of becoming a physician. After breaking with tradition, Pavan has enjoyed a career highlighted by being the first Indian American to choreograph for a major recording artist and for network TV. He has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Magazine, NY Times, Dance Europe, The Dance Gazette, Staten Island Advance & more.
Pavan is best known as the resident choreographer for the Today Show since 2010. Through his time there, he has been a part of numerous segments including one resulting in PMT obtaining the Guinness World Record for Largest Street Dance. Additionally, Pavan has choreographed for artists Vanilla Ice, Macy Gray, Harry Connick Jr, Alex Feder, Matt Palmer, Zia Victoria, Apache Indian, XYZ Affair & others. His other choreography credits include New Year’s Eve in Times Square, the Clio Award winning tribute to MCA of the Beastie Boys, 1st Place Apollo Champion (choreographer), Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central & MTV and NBA halftime shows since 2014. He choreographed the first ever NY Fashion Week Runway show at the USS Intrepid for fashion designer Chi-Zhang.
Pavan’s proudest achievements have come through his work with the dance community as a practitioner, teacher and leader. He helped usher in Sessions and Jams as essential elements of dance education – with culture and history centermost in that effort. Those sessions are world renowned as a creative space for dancers to express, create and train. His collaborations with legends like Ken Swift, Don ‘Campbellock Campbell and James ‘Cricket’ Colter created opportunities for the Street Styles at a time when stereotypes lead many to avoid hosting and supporting these types of events and classes. As a teacher and practitioner, he has helped students across The New School, UC Irvine, Peridance, Joffrey Ballet, NYU, Alvin Ailey Extension, PMT & schools nationwide. Proudly, he has mentored careers while ushering in countless dancers, of all backgrounds, to be inspired by the culture and energy of Hip Hop.
As Artist Director and Composer for PMT Dance Company has been the featured act at Canadian National Exhibition, Montreal's 375th Anniversary, The International Dance Festival & as the opening number in the Bollywood International Movie Awards. PMT's first original production, Struck, was featured on Sundance Channel’s “Young Revolutionaries.” and went on to perform in half-time show performances at Madison Square Garden, Glens Falls, Johns Hopkins & other major cities.
Breakin' 101 - Founded in 2002, Pavan's Breakin' classes focuses on the fundamentals and technique necessary for bboys and bgirls of all levels, ages and backgrounds to be successful. Classes will emphasize personal style while incorporating top rocking, transitions, footwork, freezes and basic power through drills, combos, 'move building' techniques and a deeper understanding of musicality and the history of Breaking.
Hip Hop - Students will enjoy an energetic, challenging form of Hip Hop that teaches foundations with proper context and technique. A heavy emphasis on musicality, creativity, intention and performance will be placed on students, enabling them to maximize their potential.
Basic Grooves & Isolations - A class focused on the fundamental ways to move in Hip Hop with a focus on intention, musicality, freestyle and proper applicability to choreography/common applications. Through the rock, bop/bounce, hop & twist (aka - skate), students will learn how to dance to Hip Hop.
Pavan's Teaching Schedule
(Available In Person or Online)
Breakin' 101 for Beginners
Monday 9:00 - 10:30 pm
Basic/Beginner Hip Hop Dance
Friday 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Brooklyn Nets Halftime Show
PMT Dance Company Montage
A Montage of PMT Dance Company's stage production, featuring the work of Pavan Thimmaiah.