Auntora Chowdhury is the founder and director of Ekta Creative Dance Studio. She is a Teacher, Dancer and Choreographer born, brought up and based in Sydney, Australia. From a very early age, she was taught traditional Bengali dance by her mother, and Bengali music by her father. She learnt Bharatanatyam for a short time when she was young, and later followed her interests in exploring other dance styles, picking up influence from Kathak, Odissi, Bollywood, and Folk Dance styles. In high school Auntora studied dance for her Higher School Certificate where she was able to deepen her knowledge of choreography and artistic expression, while also learning core techniques of conditioning the body and foundations in Contemporary Dance. She has since been choreographing and teaching dance for the past 10 years.
Auntora's passion for preserving and sharing the rich cultural roots of art from the Indian subcontinent in Australia, led her to taking on the position of the dance teacher at a Community Bengali Language School run by Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Inc. (BSPC) from 2016 to 2021. Here she taught majority second generation Australian born Bengali children, between the ages of 5-14, dance in the Bengali Language, and prepared them for a multitude of small and major Community Events all around Sydney. In 2014, her choreography led her to becoming a finalist in 'The Fast+Fresh' Dance Showcase by FORM Dance Projects, at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. With her second greatest passion being singing, Auntora also trains in Hindustani Classical Music. In 2021, she worked alongside Cumberland City Council to create two pre-recorded dance workshops, for children and adults, as part of their Virtual Diwali Festival.
After studying Primary and Special Education at the University of New England, she worked as a Primary Special Needs teacher for 4 years, before embarking on a new journey. In 2020, she decided to combine her passions of dance and teaching into building a dance school and company rooted in three core values -
Empower, Enable and Express.
We Empower each other as dancers to build confidence in a supportive, collaborative and safe space;
We Enable all who harbour a desire to learn regardless of age, skill level or background and;
We respect and remember the roots of Expression in Traditional Dance forms, while paving way to the new and emerging forms of Dance.