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Co-Founder and CEO, ClassPass

Payal Kadakia: Biography at a Glance

  • CEO and co-founder of ClassPass, a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios
  • Founded ClassPass after she was unable to find a dance class she could attend after work
  • ClassPass is available in more than 35 cities and 8,000 studios across the country and around the world.
  • Founder and artistic director of The Sa Dance Company, a contemporary Indian dance company
  • Named one of Fortune’s "40 under 40” and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People"
Co-Founder and CEO, ClassPass

Payal is the CEO & Co-Founder of ClassPass and the Artistic Director of The Sa Dance Company.

Payal 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. ClassPass is a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios, making working out more engaging, accessible, and affordable.

With over 25 years of dance experience, Payal also founded The Sa Dance Company, a contemporary Indian dance company. She has led the company to achieve tremendous community support, soldout performance, celebrity endorsements, and positive reviews in The New York Times, MTV, and prominent South Asian publications.  Payal 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.

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

“Payal was great – very friendly and easy to work with! Our students loved her.”

Belmont University

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