Dance styles kept evolving decades after decades. Each dancer has his uniqueness in his dancing, to choose the best gets harder and harder. A lot of dancers have made a mark in the world of dance. While dancing is an art in itself, choreographing is the design of this artform. With the growing number of dancing start coming up, new forms of dance are also evolving with some great combinations. Here are, some of the amazing dancers who are recognized to be the best choreographers in India.
D’Souza got his first break as a choreographer in the Ram Gopal Varma film and went on to assist Ahmed Khan for a year. Before that he used to choreographer. He has won a lot of awards like Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, 64th Film Fare Awards, and 65th Film Fare Awards for the best choreography in Bollywood movies namely; Student of the year, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Anybody can dance (ABCD) 2, Bajirao Mastani and Kalank. Remo also has appeared as a judge in the dance reality shows like DID (Dance India Dance) with Terence Lewis and Geeta Kapoor and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa with the Indian actress Madhuri Dixit and director Karan Johar. Remo is enlisted as one of the best choreographers in India.
Eventually, he progressed his career as a director in the industry with FALTU which was a moderate success at the box office. Later on, he became the first director to make India’s first 3D dance movie ABCD. The film, which also had a sequel later starred Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhu Deva in the lead roles along with Punit Pathak, Raghav Juyal, Dharmesh and Lauren Gotileb in the supporting roles.
Terence Lewis also known as the God of Contemporary dance used to do theatre in his school days. Later he started working as a dance choreographer in many bollywood movies. His first break as a choreographer was Lagaan (2001). With this break, he became popular and choreographed other movies like Jhankar Beats (2003), Naach (2004), Aisha, Isi Life Mein and What’s Your Rashee? He was also the judge for famous Indian dance reality shows like DID Season 1, 2 and 3, Nach Baliye Season 5, Nach Baliye: Shriman v/s Shrimati and Chak Dhoom Dhoom.
Apart from being a good dancer and choreographer, he was also a fitness instructor for famous celebrities like Bipasha Basu, Madhuri Dixit, Amisha Patel, etc. Today Terence Lewis is one among the top dance choreographers in India who is trained in Indian folk contemporary and neo-classical dance form. Terrance eventually started his own dance academy called ‘Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company.’
One cannot forget Prabhu sir when discussed about the best choreographers of the country. Prabhu made his first appearance as a boy playing a flute in the song “Panivizhum Iravu” from the Tamil movie “Mauna Ragam” in 1986. He started his career as a choreographer when he was 16 in a Tamil movie “Vetri Vizha” in 1989 starring Kamal Hassan. A few of his iconic choreographed songs are Muqabala Muqabala, Urvashi from the move Hum Se Hai Muqabala, Kay Sera Sera from Pukar. He also acted in various regional and Bollywood movies, of which a few are; ABCD, Laxmi, Pon Manickavel and Street dancer.
From being a renown dancer and choreographer, he scaled up his career graph to become a director of famous films. Dabangg 3, Shankar Dada Zindabad and Wanted are a few to mention. He went on to win the National Film Award for Best Choreography for Lakshya and Minsara Kanavu, and a Filmfare Award for Best Choreography in Lakshya. His talent also won him the Padmadshri award in 2019 for his contribution in the field of Arts. Some also regard him as Indian Michael Jackson for his amazing dancing skill. He now has his own dancing school in Singapore
Popularly known as Geeta Maa, Kapoor started her dancing career when she was 15 under Farah Khan as an assistant choreographer in the films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil Toh Paagal Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Mohabbatein, Om Shanti Om, etc. She then became a lead choreographer in many bollywood films like Fiza, Asoka, Saathiya, Heyy Baby, etc. Later on, she also choreographed the performances in concerts and award shows like Temptation Reloaded and the opening ceremony of Pepsi IPL in 2013. She appeared as secondary background dancer in a few song sequences like Dum tara (suchitra Krishna moorthi), Tujhe Yaad Na Meri (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) and Gori Gori (Main Hoon Na).
Her first debut appearance as a public figure with the dance reality show named DID as a judge in 2008 with the co judges Remo and Terence and Mithun Chakra borty as the grand master. She then continued to appear as a judge in various reality shows like DID season 2and 3, DID li’l masters season 1 and 2, DID double, Dance ke super kids, Super dancers and recently judged India’s best dancer and made to the list of the top best choreographers of India.
Shiamak Davar is another popular choreographer who made it to the list of top choreographers of India. Due to his modern dancing styles he had to face a lot of humiliation from the society, but Shiamak did not give up and remained positive. Gradually, the society accepted his efforts and started to appreciate it. Eventually his classes gained much popularity and resulted in he founding The Shiamak Davar’s Institute for The Performing Arts with “Have Feet. Will Dance” as the mission statement.
Shiamak’s invention of a new dance form that perfectly blended in the Indian classical with modern Jazz is a hit even till today. His unique dance style called Shiamak Style and is very popular. Shiamak also choreographed dance in the movies like Bunty aur Babli, Dhoom 2 and Rab Ne Banadi Jodi. He also made it to Hollywood where he choreographed a dance sequence for the movie Mission Impossible 4 in 2011. Sushant Singh Rajput, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and many other actors have been members of The Davar Dance Company.
Shakti Mohan started her dance career by training herself in contemporary dance form. Her love for this dance form lead her to graduating from Terence Lewis Dance Foundation Trust in 2009. Later she appeared as a contestant in DID Season 2 and winning that was her biggest achievement. Following her victory in DID, Shakti produced dance themed calanders in 2012 and 2013. She set her foot in film industry as an assistant choreographer in the movies like High School Musical 2 (the Hindi version)- All for One, Tees Maar Khan- title song, Rowdy Rathore’s Aa Re Pritam Pyare and Dhoom 3’s Kamli.
Furthermore, she led the choreography in the movies like Samrat & Co. – Tequila Wakila, Padmaavat’s Nainowale Ne and Nawabzaade’s Amma Dekh. Her footstep in acting in a popular TV series Dil Dosti Dance with her co-dancer in DID Doubles Kunwar Amar as lead roles also got her lot of attention and fans. She mentored Dance Plus season 1, 2, 3 and 4 with co-mentors Dharmesh and Punit and Remo as the super judge. With such talent and hard work she has made her place in the list of top choreographers in India. She now owns a dance academy called Nritya Shakti.
Dharmesh Sir has made his place among the top dance choreographers in India. He participated as a contestant in DID season 2 and he became the first runner up. Earlier he has participated in boogie woogie and had won. He appeared as a skipper in DID li’l masters and Dance ke super stars. His first Bollywood break as a choreographer was in the movie Tees Maar Khan where he choreographed for Akshay Kumar.
He entered the world of film industry as an actor worked in dance based films; ABCD, its sequel ABCD 2 and Street Dancer. He also appeared in a lot of TV reality shows like DID doubles, Khatron ke khiladi, etc .He appeared as a dance captain in Dance Plus season 2, 3, 4 and 5. Like the others in this list, he also owns a dance academy known as D’virus Dance Academy in Vadodara.
Punit started his career as a dancer in the reality show DID season 2. He judge in DID season 5 and later as a mentor in Dance Plus season 2, 3, 4 and 5. Further, he also appeared as a choreographer in another reality show Dance Champions. He is enlisted in the top choreographers of India due to his marvelous talent in dancing. Apart from dancinh, he also appeared in reality shows like Khatron Ke Khiladi and emerged as winner in the ninth season. He made his debut as an actor in the films ABCD, ABCD 2, Nawabzaade and Street Dancer.
Melvin Louis is a popular choreographer who within a very less span of time has made his name to the list of top choreographers in India. He started his dance career by entering as a contestant in DID. But he did not stop there and did not lose hope for his passion. He was passionate about dancing since he was a kid.
In 2006 he started his YouTube channel and posted his dance videos. Melvin is liked for his unique style of Bollyswag. Currently, his videos are the most viewed on social media and his channel hit the subscribers of 3.66 M. He started his dance academy based in Mumbai named Dance People. He conducts dance workshops by travelling across the country. Off late, has been in thr controvery with his ex-gitlfriend Sana Khan who accuses him of many things. All these kept aside, he is known for his versatile dancing skills and has many IGTV videos with many famous dancers and stars.
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