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Payal Kadakia    

CEO & Co-Founder of ClassPass; Entrepreneur; Founder & Artistic Director of Sa Dance Company

Payal Kadakia is CEO and co-founder of ClassPass, a membership program that provides people of all fitness levels access to the best boutique studio classes and gyms across the U.S. and internationally.

Since its launch in 2013, ClassPass has facilitated 3 million reservations across 2,500 studios in 31 cities, including London, Toronto and Vancouver.

Kadakia is also the founder and artistic director of the Sa Dance Company, founded in 2009 with the mission to increase awareness of Indian dance in the mainstream and serve as a platform for expressing the Indian-American identity through movement.

She has led the company to achieve tremendous community support, sold out performance, celebrity endorsements, and positive reviews in The New York Times, MTV, and prominent South Asian publications. Kadakia has been quoted as “the dancer possessing not only the stand-out talent, but the undying passion, congenial disposition and sharp business savvy to be truly a force to be reckoned with” as the South Asian culture continues its inevitable integration into America.

Kadakia has been a “dancetrepreneur” since the age of 3 when she started training in Indian classical and folk styles of dance. It was her passion for dance, entrepreneurship, and making the world a more active, happy place that led to the founding of Classpass.

Prior to founding ClassPass, Kadakia worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and in Warner Music Group’s Digital Strategy and Business Development Group. Kadakia also has a degree from MIT in Operations Research and Economics.


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