Pavan Thimmaiah

Artistic Director

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 him founding PMT Dance Studio and the PMT Dance Company. Not only is Pavan the first Indian-American to have choreographed for a major US recording artist, but he has been featured in numerous publications, including Dance Europe, Dance Mogul Magazine, The Dance Gazette, Attitude Dancer’s Magazine, Washington Square News and more.  

PMT Dance Company has been the featured act at many prestigious venues including the Toronto National Exhibition, The International Dance Festival (NYC – Duke Theater) and as the opening number in the Bollywood International Movie Awards (2003 – Trump Taj Mahal - Atlantic City). In 2008, PMT Dance Company performed its first independent production, which was featured on the Sundance Channel’s “Young Revolutionaries”.  In 2014, PMT Dance Company opened their season to a sold out show in NYC, which was followed up with a half-time show performance at Madison Square Garden for the NY Liberty.   

Pavan has trained, performed with and choreographed for many popular artists such as Vanilla Ice, Apache Indian, Stefani Vara, Alex Feder, the XYZ Affair, Matt Palmer and Sean Paul. He has also appeared on TV programs such as the Conan O’Brien Show, Breaking Amish (October 2014) and MTV, as well as being a frequent choreographer and performer for NBC’s The Today Show (2010, 2012, 2013).  

Pavan has been commissioned to choreograph successful flash mob marketing campaigns for large corporations such as TransFast and Gendex.  The MCA Day Beastie Boys Tribute video that he choreographed, "Union Square Bboy Monks", garnered attention through internet and TV press with millions of viewers throughout the US.

Pavan’s proudest accomplishments are his students. Some of his success stories as a teacher and mentor include dancers like Alan Watson, Lara Duncan, Devynn Brooks, Ramon Estores and the 2012 'Stars of Tomorrow' Apollo Theater Champion Kai Rivera (8 years old). He strives to find the right way to get the most out of every student’s potential.  His past teaching credits include the Alvin Ailey School (Extension Program), Peridance, Ballet Arts, New York University, 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 and is a guest speaker and teacher at conferences and dance seminars across California, the East Coast and Canada.