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. With credits in choreography, casting, production and direction, Pavan has found success through versatility, diligence and a deeper understanding of the dance industry - highlighted by being the first Indian-American to have choreographed for a major US recording artist. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Dance Teacher, Dance Europe, The Dance Gazette, Huffington Post, The NY Post, and more. He is also the choreographer and organizer for the Guinness Book 'World's Largest Street Dance' - set on 9/9/2015 on The Today Show.
avan has worked with likes of Vanilla Ice, Harry Connick Jr, Famke Janssen, Alex Feder, the XYZ Affair, Matt Palmer, Apache Indian and Sean Paul. He has appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show, CBS Morning News, Breaking Amish (2014), NBC's 'Studio 6' (Louisiana) on CNN, MTV. He choreographed the first ever show at the Intrepid Museum for New York Fashion Week (Chi Zhang Design) - broadcast to over a billion worldwide. He is perhaps best known as the resident choreographer and performer for NBC’s The Today Show, which he has enjoyed since 2010. He was a recipient of the prestigious Clio Award for The MCA Day Beastie Boys Tribute video that he choreographed, "Union Square Bboy Monks", which was a top trender in 2014. Additionally, Pavan has found success working with companies and individuals, large and small, with weddings, flash mobs and marketing campaigns as evidenced by his work with Gendex & Transfast.
Pavan's success ranges past the commercial world. Through PMT Dance Company, he has found success by incorporating musical theater, various dance styles, elaborate story-lines and original music into his dance productions. PMT Dance Company's performances have been seen on the Canadian National Exhibition, as the opening number in the Bollywood Movie Awards, the Sundance Channel’s “Young Revolutionaries”, NBA/WNBA half-time show performances at Madison Square Garden, & Barclay's Center (Brookyn Nets and Harlem Globetrotters), the Mainstage in Times Square for the 2017 New Year's Eve Celebration Broadcast & numerous features on the Today Show.
Pavan’s proudest accomplishments are with his students and an educator. This is seen through PMT Dance Studio where he has given a platform for dancers to find purpose and success. He has co-authored events with renowned dancers like Ken Swift, Don "Cambellock" Campbell, Shockalocke & James 'Cricket' Colter. He implemented Performance Programs, class curriculum 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 and goals. Some of his success stories as a teacher and mentor include dancers like Alan Watson, Lara Duncan, Devynn Brooks, Maria Molina and the 2012 'Stars of Tomorrow' Apollo Theater Champion 8-year old 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 (Extension Program), UC Irvine, Peridance, Ballet Arts, New York University, Long Island University, Joffrey School and the School of American Ballet (Guest Teacher). Pavan continues to be a guest speaker and teacher at conferences and dance seminars across the US & abroad.