Brinda Guha hopes to become “the pioneer of contemporary Indian dance.”  The 28-year-old New Yorker, who teaches at dance studios in Manhattan and New Jersey, choreographs dances in the contemporary Indian style, which she is working to share far and wide.

Guha grew up learning dance from her mother, Malabika, who specializes in Kathak, a type of classical Indian dance from Northern India, and runs the Kalamandir Dance Company in Manalapan, N.J. While Malabika’s roots are in Kolkata, India, Brinda grew up in Lakewood, N.J. Her choreography fuses classical Indian dance with inspiration from flamenco, African dance, street styles and other influences.

Her goal is to present dance in a way “that makes it accessible, that makes it relatable… not something so exotic,” she says. “My mom was doing that back in Kolkata and I’m doing it here.”

“My direction of [dance] fusion was different from my mother’s but our trajectory was respectively the same — using classical dance and finding a way where that can be the base of contemporary movement,” she adds.

Watch Guha in the sixth episode of “The Search,” a Moneyish original series about finding work.