Shivani was born and brought up in Jaipur and started learning Kathak from the age of 7 years. Her training in Jaipur gharana took place under well known kathak exponent Gita Raghuvir and her guru Shri Babulalji Patni. On moving to London almost 20 years ago, Shivani continued her training with Pali Chandra and subsequently Gauri Sharma Tripathi in Lucknow gharana. At present, Shivani trains under Sujata Banerjee.
Shivani does regular performances in the UK and abroad. She is part of the group ANKH which is mentored by Gauri Sharma Tripathi. She has done many solo performances as well. Her repertoire includes performances at prestigious venues like Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Southbank Centre and most recently at Wembley Stadium for UK welcomes Modi celebrations. Shivani has also been actively involved in theatre, performing plays in Hindi/Urdu and English regularly.
Shivani has been teaching Kathak in London for over 10 years. She uses the nuances of Lucknow gharana and also the speed and force of Jaipur gharana to train her students. Affliated with the Imperial society of Teachers of Dance, she follows and teaches the curriculum as listed by the Kathak faculty. Students are encouraged to give grade exams regularly. She believes that dance should not be a chore and more of a fun activity. Her classes for beginners are specially designed to introduce the element of fun in dance. She enrols students from the age of 5 years onwards.
Apart from regular teaching commitment, Shivani is touring with Ankh performing their latest production 'Bodyline'.