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. Pavan has gone on to create a successful dance career highlighted by being the first Indian-American to have choreographed for a major US recording artist and for US network TV. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Dance Teacher, Dance Magazine, Dance Europe, Dance Magazine, the NY Times, Dance Mogul Magazine, The Dance Gazette, Attitude Dancer’s Magazine, Staten Island Advance, The NY Post & more.
Pavan has worked with many popular artists such as Vanilla Ice, Macy Gray, Harry Connick Jr, Alex Feder, the XYZ Affair, Matt Palmer, Apache Indian and Sean Paul. He has also appeared on network TV for the Conan O’Brien Show, Breaking Amish (2014), NBC's 'Studio 6', Comedy Central & MTV. He has choreographed NBA halftime shows since 2013, currently for the Brooklyn Nets. He cast and choreographed the first ever NY Fashion Week Runway show at the USS Intrepid for fashion designer Chi-Zhang. He's perhaps best known as the resident choreographer & performer for NBC’s The Today Show, which he has enjoyed since 2010. It was there were he made history, putting together the Guinness World Record Setting 'World's Largest Street Dance'. He was a recipient of the prestigious Clio Award for The MCA Day Beastie Boys Tribute video that he choreographed, "Union Square Bboy Monks". This video went viral, garnering millions of views worldwide. Additionally, Pavan has partnered with various companies and individuals to raise their profile - working on marketing campaigns for companies like Barefoot, Bloomberg & Gendex to everyday people looking to enhance their private events.
Pavan's success ranges past the commercial world. Through PMT Dance Company, he has found success by incorporating musical theater, various dance styles, elaborate storylines and original music into his dance productions. PMT Dance Company has been the featured act at many prestigious venues including the New York Times Square (New Year's Eve), Toronto National Exhibition, Montreal's 375th Anniversary, The International Dance Festival (NYC–Duke Theater) & 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.
Pavan’s proudest accomplishments are as an educator. This is seen through PMT House of Dance where he implemented a Performance Program and Open Sessions that have since been widely duplicated. Although he has been referred to as a ‘celebrity choreographer’, Pavan has established a successful practice giving private lessons to persons of all backgrounds - highlighted by his work with NY Cares. Some of his success stories as a teacher and mentor include dancers like Alan Watson, Lara Ferreira, Devynn Brooks, Maria Molina, Aziza Alford and the 2012 'Stars of Tomorrow' Apollo Theater Champion Kai Rivera. He strives to find the right way to get the most out of every student’s potential. His teaching credits include the Alvin Ailey School, UC Irvine, Peridance, Ballet Arts, New York University, Long Island University, Wadleigh School for the Performing Arts as well as the School of American Ballet as a guest teacher. Pavan continues to teach across the US & Canada.
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 & Isolation - 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.