“Let us read and let us dance; these two amusements will never do harm to the world.”–Voltaire
Dance can speak a language that words can’t. Some people are blessed with this art and when they strive to showcase it to the world, they are simply unstoppable.
On International Dance Day today, we look at five of the most successful modern Indian dancers who have taken the world by storm via TV shows, YouTube and various other platforms. But behind every successful artist is an intense story of struggle. Read on and get inspired!
1. Dharmesh Yelande
Dharmesh or ‘D’, as most fans call him, is a big name in dance (you might remember him from the TV show Dance India Dance and the movie ABCD) but life was not always the same as it is today for him. He had to struggle for 18 years to reach at the top of the success ladder. He worked as a peon initially to sustain his family with his father working at a tea stall in Baroda. Later, he opened his own pav stall so as to make time for dance rehearsals. It was only after he entered an the all-India dance competition mentioned above, that he was recognised by the masses. He ended up with the runner-up title and the rest is history. Dharmesh now runs his own dance academy called the D’virus Dance Academy, and is also an appreciated choreographer and actor.
2. Sneha Kapoor
An athlete by profession, Sneha’s journey as a dancer started out unintentionally when she took sometime off of sports due to a minor injury. She joined a dance troupe as a background dancer and soon made her way to become the lead. It is then when she learnt Latin dance forms. Fate turned upside down for her one day when she met with an accident and found her leg broken into two. With a rod installed in her leg, doctors told her that she could never dance again in her life. During the two and a half years of recovery, she went into depression but that was definitely not the end for her! She danced her way through the misery and is a successful salsa dancer and choreographer. She shone bright on the TV show Dance India Dance and also went on to break the Guinness World Record for Most Number of Swing Dance Flips in a Minute. Now that’s what we call ‘against all odds’.
3. Raghav Juyal
A young enthusiastic boy from Dehradun dreamt of becoming a professional dancer since childhood. To fulfil his dreams, he took a train to Mumbai and the big city showed its horrors to him. He had no idea how to go about realising his destiny. He slept on benches, participated in a number of dance competitions but despite the hard work, luck wasn’t favourable enough. No talent goes wasted if accompanied by dedication and hard work. After trying several times, he went on to become a youth sensation when he owned the stage at Dance India Dance and participated in several other dance shows on TV. Today, Crockroaxz (his stage name) is not only a successful dancer but a much sought after emcee too, all because he didn’t give up.
4. Subhreet Kaur Ghumman
Subhreet Kaur Ghumman became a recognised dancer when she entered the reality show India’s Got Talent. She had lost her one leg in an accident but the vigour to do something worthwhile in life never left her. She saw Vinod Thakur, another differently abled dancer dancing on a TV show which inspired her to do the same. She was appreciated not only by the panelists of the show but also the entire country for her talent. Subhreet, a one-legged dancer, continues to woo people with her dance through her inspiring videos and live shows.
5. Shakti Mohan
Shakti is an international dancer and has worked with huge names like BBC and Lufthansa Airlines. She is known for her flexibility and effortless dance moves. When she was 4 years old she met with an accident and the doctors told her parents that she would never be able to walk without support again. This of course, did not stand as a hurdle in her path of realising her dreams; she continued working hard and stayed true to her name, Shakti (power)!
Life is not a cakewalk but if you keep working hard and dance your worries away, you’ll surely emerge successful.