Choreographer Terence Lewis: Dance became a way of giving back to the community

Terence Lewis is just not a renowned dance choreographer in India but also internationally acclaimed. Terence came first into limelight after becoming the judge of the popular dance reality show Dance India Dance on Zee Network. He has been choreographed more than two dozen of films and huge list of music albums as well as dance shows.Terence was asked about what dance has given him in his life, he shared “When I was young, it was a way to find my identity, people knew me as a dancing kid. When I was 20-21, it offered me financial stability. Much later dance was no longer just for money or passion. It became a way of giving back to the community. Dance is such a beautiful aspect of life which no human being should miss.”

Terence has given choreography for movies like Lagaan and Raam Leela and later he gets popular for judging reality show Dance India Dance and then Nach Baliye. He said “Being an ambassador of dance, I feel it’s a responsibility to ensure that people who are watching it also get educated about it and understand the art form and the talent that the contestant has. It has also made me who I am today, a household name! I don’t see myself as a judge, I see myself as a mentor. I may have achieved great success from television, but I still enjoy teaching and that’s why I have my institute to teach the art of dance.”

‘Ang laga de’ from Raam Leela was his last Bollywood choreography song, he talked about why he stopped choreographing Bollywood songs, explained don’t believe in retakes. I love that adventure and thrill of one-take which happens on stage or when you’re judging TV shows where there are no retakes. I think there are too many shortcuts in film choreography now and somehow there’s too much dependency on camera angles, make-up, costumes and filling it up with too many dancers, shooting on exotic locations. Somewhere I feel the essence of choreography gets lost so I am looking to be a part of projects that have the essence of choreography deeply rooted and other frills are minimalistic. I am a bit old school and would prefer to do it the old-school way where you have to actually dance like Waheeda RahmanSrideviMadhuri Dixit,”

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