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Director & Founder of PMT


Pavan ‘PMT’ Thimmaiah, founder of PMT House of Dance (est. 2001), is an award-winning artist who broke with tradition to realize his dream of becoming a professional dancer. Pavan has since 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. 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.  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 engagements. As a teacher and practitioner, he has helped students across the country. As faculty at NYU, New School University, Wagner College and guest faculty at UC Irvine & F&M College, he looks to continue to educate a new generation on the movement and history of Hip Hop. He continues to engage with the community through his classes at PMT House of Dance. His credits also include Peridance, Joffrey, Alvin Ailey Extension & 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 the Artistic Director and Composer of PMT Dance Company, presented work for The International Dance Festival, the Canadian National Exhibition, the Bollywood Movie Awards & for Sundance Channel’s “Young Revolutionaries” among other venues through out the US and Canada.

Class Descriptions:

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, culture and performance will be placed on students, enabling them to maximize their potential.  

Pavan's Teaching Schedule

Drop-In Classes

(Available In Person Only)

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.

Dancing like the Godfather - James Brown

Dancing like the man who inspired generations across the Street Styles.

Beginner Hip Hop Choreo

Assisted by Andy Needham and select group.

NBC's Today Show

Resident Choreographer since 2010, here's his segment celebrating Footloose at 40!

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