ABOUT Shonali (Login to Contact Shonali )

I've been learning from Dabe and Jenelle at Gottaswing for a while, and am pretty regular at their Intermediate classes. I hope to move on to aerials and performing fairly soon. I'm 5'7" and fit. My husband has knee/back issues, so I'm looking for a partner with whom I can rehearse and perform.


I have a dance background; jazz ballet (many years ago), Indian folk dancing, and I also take classes in Kathak, which is an Indian classical dance form. I can also do a decent waltz, foxtrot and polka. But my heart is in swing.


I recently started taking classes at The Bar Method in Bethesda. The days I don't go for BAR class, I try to get in some aerobic activity and/or HIIT with a focus on core conditioning. And some days I do neither... if I'm sick, or traveling... or just need a break! I'm a foodie and eat mostly paleo-style, though I do go "off" it for special occasions... and those times when one just wants a pizza. I love to cook, travel, read and, of course, dance. My husband and I are both animal lovers, and have three rescue dogs. We are also music and movie buffs.

Dance Styles

Balboa Boogie Woogie Bop
Carolina Shag Charleston Collegate Shag
Dallas Push Hand Dancing Imperial
Jitterbug Lindy Hop Other
St. Louis Shag West Coast Swing


80s Rock Big Band Swing Boogie Woogie
Gypsy Jazz Jazz Motown
Neo-swing Other Rock & Roll
Rythm & Blues