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Journey from Unknown to Stardom – Salman Yusuf Khan !

The journey from nobody to a celebrity is never easy. But if you have talent and faith in yourself, then no one stop you from achieving your dreams. Salman Yusuf Khan’s (SYK) life story is exemplary of that. From Dance India Dance to ABCD, his 4 year journey was full of struggles and challenges. Yet his fearless attitude and fighting spirit kept him going and helped him achieve the name and fame he has today. He is one of the most stunning personalities in the dancing fraternity of India. He has a huge fan following both in India and abroad.
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Born to a conservative, middle-class Muslim family, Salman moved to Bangaluru from UAE to pursue mechanical engineering. In Bangaluru he started attending dance workshops as he had never undergone professional training before. A colleague informed him about a dance reality show Dance India Dance (DID) and encouraged him to participate. Salman cleared three rounds of auditions and was asked to fly down to Mumbai for the final. His parents did not support his decision to participate. Salman however was quite adamant and borrowed money for his flight to Mumbai.

Salman won DID Season 1 in 2009 and became the talk of the town. However, six months later after his win, Salman had no job. He approached his mentor and choreographer Remo D’Souza for help. Remo took him on as an assistant director for his directorial venture Faltu (2011) which gave Salman an opportunity to learn about the technicalities of filmmaking.

Soonafter, SYK was offered the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. Salman was skeptical of returning to dance and choreographing a celebrity for the show as he was not a trained dancer. But he took on the challenge. He was teamed up with Yana Gupta and their pairing was appreciated by all.
SYK got his first break in Bollywood with Salman Khan’s- Wanted where He danced in the title song of the movie. He even worked in the movie Rakta Charitra.

Soon after Remo approached him for his movie ABCD – Any Body Can Dance. But this time Salman was given acting and direction duties. ABCD turned out to be a hit in 2013 and Salman climbed another step to stardom.

He returned to Jhalak Dikhla Ja the same year and won the contest with contestant Drashti Dhami. Soon he met director Vivek Agnihotri (Hate Story) to choreograph songs for his next film Freedom. Vivek also gave Salman some dialogue and asked him to audition for a character in the same film. The talented Salman cracked the audition and bagged a role in ‘Freedom’. He’s going to follow that up with a part in Remo D’Souza’s next film. After a rollercoaster of ups and downs, Salman’s career has finally taken off in the right direction.
Salman also took part in Khatron ke Khiladi season 5 and was recognized as one of the most versatile and consistent performers on the show. This year he will be seen choreographing and acting in several upcoming bollywood movies. We wish him the best!!

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Journey from Unknown to Stardom – DHARMESH SIR !

We bring you another life inspiring story of an ordinary boy, who through his sheer determination and hard work achieved more than he could ask for. Yes, we are talking about the actor, dancer, choreographer Dharmesh Yelande lovingly called “Dharmesh Sir” by his fans. We will take you through his extraordinary journey from a just a contestant in DID to a judge in Dance+. Here is the story about a boy who wanted to do nothing but just dance and who turned challenges into opportunities.

Born and brought up in Vadodra, Gujarat, Dharmesh’s childhood was full of challenges and struggles. His family was so poor, sometimes they did not even have enough to eat. His father owned a tea stall and Dharmesh himself ran a missal pav stall. Before starting the stall, he even worked as a peon. He taught dance to kids and earned some money. Sometimes, he even cycled as far as 15km to take dance classes. Also, he would shuttle between Gujarat and Mumbai every few days.

As a child, Dharmesh learnt dancing watching bollywood songs. He won his first dance competition when he was in Std VI. His father then decided to give him professional dance training inspite of not being able to afford school fees. When Darmesh was in STD X, he was asked to choreograph dances for school functions.

Dharmesh had always wanted to come to Mumbai to become a background dancer. India’s first dance show Boogie Woogie came his way by chance. His brother choreographer recommended Dharmesh for the contest when they were short of 2 contestants out of a total of 40. Dharmesh won Boogie Woogie in 2008. His struggle in Mumbai continued. He assisted his brother choreographer and had to do odd jobs like transport costumes from Dadar to Andheri in crowded local trains. It was a challenge for him to keep his passion alive along with the daily hard struggle.

Dharmesh’s dream was to meet his insipiration Remo Sir. He auditioned for DID 2 and performed the dance he had been practicing for 18 years and was the first runner –up. He even participated in shows like DID LIL Masters and Dance ke Superstars. DID earned him fame and fan following and a ticket to Bollywood.

Farah Khan gave him his first break in Bollywood where he choreographed a song for “Tees Maar Khan” featuring Akshay and Katrina. Later ABCD and its sequel ABCD 2 followed for which he went on a six month training workshop on dialogue delivery and acting. ABCD also gave Dharmesh the opportunity to work with Prabhudeva, another of his dream come true.

Says Dharmesh ‘persistence never goes wasted. When in difficult situation always keep fighting, keep on dancing. One should be stubborn when it comes to your dreams, don’t give up on them at any cost.’ .

Dharmesh runs his own dance academy in Vadodra known as D’virus Dance Academy. He recently organized ‘Dharmesh Chain of Workshops’ for the first time in Mumbai. He is also working as a choreographer for an upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Banjo’. Dharmesh says he would love to choreograph Salman Khan someday.

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Journey from Unknown to Stardom – RAGHAV JUYAL !

Raghav Juyal’s life story is exemplary of how ordinary dancers can achieve fame through online platforms such as YouTube and TV reality shows. As says Juyal-“If you have unique talent then don’t be afraid to explore the power of online platforms
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Raghav Juyal needs no introduction. A dancing star, actor and a television host -.Juyal is a multi talented boy who wears many hats. Also popularly known as “Cockroaxz”, he has been instrumental in popularising the unique slow motion dancing style in India.

A young boy from Dehradun who loves doing ‘masti’ among other things, hanging out with friends is also a go getter and an achiever. But fame and popularity did not come easy to him.Lets take you through Juyal’s journey of struggle as an artist and how through sheer focus and postive spirit Juyal achieved the stardom that all dancers aspire to achieve.

Juyal is basically a self taught dancer. Hailing from a small town in Uttarakhand (Dehradun), Juyal had no professional training prior to his debut on television.

As a child, Raghav was always fond of dancing since childhood. He would secretly practice and learn from YouTube videos in his bedroom. His parents however were not  eager to support him in his unconventional career choice. His real struggle started when he left home right after school  & came to Mumbai for Dance India Dance auditions. He came to Mumbai with a dream in his heart but had no idea how to go about it. He didn’t even have a place to reside Mumbai. Sometimes, he would sleep on railway platform seats & sometimes in the rehearsal room.

His debut apprearance was on Colors channel reality show named Chak Dhoom Dhoom with a group called D-Maniax. D-Maniax however got eliminated from Chak Dhoom Dhoom. Terrence Lewis,  a judge choreographer having seen Juyals’ dancing abilities on Chak Dhoom Dhoom  hired him as an assistant to help his team ‘Terrence ki Toli’.

Meanwhile, Juyal was offered to be a part of the first ABCD movie, but he declined. He stayed focused and continued to concentrate on Zee TV’s Dance India Dance (DID), which is why he had come to Mumbai. He practiced for good six months but could not even make it through the auditions. It was only later when his audition video got viral on You tube, that  he was given wildcard entry to DID by grand master Mithun Chakraborty on popular public demand. Upon his entry, Raghav even had to compete alongside Terrence Ki Toli contestants that he had helped train earlier. Juyal gained real popularity from DID season 3, where he finished in second place.


After DID everything changed. His ‘slowmo’ style became increasingly popular, people started appreciating and recognizing his talent. Work started pouring in. He became a mentor in DID LiL CHAMP. In late 2014, Juyal made his Bollywood debut in Ramesh Sippy’s Sonali Cable. He anchored STAR DANCE+.  ABCD2 followed thereafter.


Currently, he can be seen on Colors TV ‘khatron ke khiladi season 7’ where he is a participant. He will also be seen acting in a bollywood movie ‘viral” later this year.

Besides dancing, Juyal enjoys acting, writing poetry and trekking. Painting is what he intends to explore next alongside his career in tinsel town.

Juyal’s life mantra: “Fame is devil, art is an angel. Fame will come and go; art will stay with you forever


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Date with Farhan Akhtar this Valentine weekend!

Catch  Farhan Akhtar, Bollywood’s talent house  along with American band Boyce Avenue boys with  AIB fame- Tanmay Bhat and Abish Mathew as they set the stage on fire with their first live performance in National Capital New Delhi.  Other performers include Biswa Kalyan Rath, a stand-up comedian and co-host of YouTube comedy series ‘Pretentious Movie Reviews’, and Anuvab Pal, another stand-up comedian.

Farhan Akhtar will be performing as part of the “U/A Festival” that hits the capital city this Valentine weekend-13-14 Feb at National Stadium, India Gate. The two day debut event is being organized by “Only Much Louder”- the creators of some of India’s most loved festivals like BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender and Stage42.


The event promises to be a complete family entertainment for people of all ages.The festival offers immersive experience in the form of six curated zones – The big stage, creator’s corner, U/A lab, the playground, the magical floating market and food and flea bazaar.

The visitors can enjoy diverse mix of experiences through workshops ranging from from ukulele playing, 3D Printing, paper marbling, illusionist tricks, nitrogen based experiments to playground activities such as poi play, hula hoop, slacklining, and the magical floating market.

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Does Money really affect your journey as a dancer ?

“I was on the streets… Had no food, no money, sleeping on stations. “- Remo D’souza.

Money is the biggest and arguably the only reality of this world. At the end of the day, we want our stomach full, a ceiling on our head and clothes to cover ourselves. And for all of this we need money. Like every other walk of life, a dancer’s journey is also affected by his/her economic conditions. Being practical, not having enough money will make your journey tougher. You won’t be able to afford good coaching classes, good quality shoes or other necessary accessories, proper diet, etc.

But this is where the emotional aspect comes into play. Ask yourself how badly you want to be a dancer? As much as you want to live? If, the answer is yes then don’t wait start moving.

“There is no plan B for Passion”- Chris Gardner

Today, technology has improved a lot and it is for the betterment of the human race. Information/knowledge flows freely across the world. You can learn any dance form at almost negligible monetary cost with the help of internet. Actually, if you are reading this article then you can also learn dance because you have access to the internet. So, money will not affect you if you are so inclined to pursue your passion. Also, today we have so many platforms to showcase our talent and get into limelight which eventually makes our journey a tad bit easier. Dance Helpline is also one such platform.

But, one thing is for sure that you need to plan out your journey properly. Most people start but they give up too early because they don’t plan and expect things to happen too quickly. There is no such thing as overnight success so don’t even attempt for it. In the initial 4 or 5 years of your journey focus on just 3 things, “learning, learning and more learning”. Never call it your struggle period because this is actually the time when you are growing the most. Do anything and everything that makes your dancing better. Money should come secondary during this period. So, don’t focus on how much money you will make by assisting someone but how much you will grow as a dancer/choreographer.

After all these years of learning you will be a confident dancer/choreographer/performer ready to rock the world through your moves. And somehow you would get to know it by yourself.

So, money can slow you down but can’t stop you.

“Find something that you love. Something that gets you so excited that you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again. Forget about money. Be happy”- Chris Gardner




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Latest trends in Hip-hop dance moves

For all the cool people out there, we compile the list of top Hip-hop dance moves which have been the recent trends:
1. Dougie- This one’s a club favorite which became a craze in 2010 after Cali Swag District’s ‘Teach me how to Dougie’ went viral. Shake your body in a shimmy style while taking your hands through your hair. That’s it. You are ready to roll!
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2. Humpty Dance- It’s the move we actually see in every rap song. But it was first spotted in 1990 in Digital Underground’s smash hit ‘The Humpty Dance’ and hence, got its name.
The video that will help you move in style:

3. Shmoney Dance- Made popular in ‘Hot Ni*ga’ by Bobby Shmurda this dance is spreading like everywhere in the world.
Here’s Chris Brown’s Shmoney Dance:

4. The Jerk- This Dance craze is made popular by the ‘New Boyz’ through their ‘You’re a jerk’ video. A little hop like jump is all you need to pull off a Jerk.
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5. Crank that- One of the most downloaded and searched song, Soulja Boy’s ‘Crank Dat’ brought this dance craze into mainstream. The reason for the popularity is again the ease with which it can be done.
Here’s a video to ‘Crank that’:

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Elements that make your choreography stand out – An audience perspective

As choreographers we always think of putting that “Magical Moment” in our act which leaves the audience spellbound. So, we actually need to get into the minds of our audience to know their perspective and what creates a WOW moment for them. Don’t worry; you are not required to join Psychology Classes now! Just continue reading the blog as we list out the elements that viewers really like about a Dance Performance.

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  1. Tricks & Creativity: As viewers we always want to see something different, something not seen before, something unusual, all in all something CREATIVE. How creatively you present a dance form separates you from the crowd. Actually, those 2 or 3 second tricks are the Whoaaaa! Moment in your performance. It’s also not about how unique your tricks/moves are but also how well you have placed them in your choreography.

2. Interaction with the Audience: Viewers feel important if a performer interacts with them during his/her performance. And it’s actually important to make them feel so because we are performing for them only. Keeping an eye contact, giving a smile, or a wave are some small things that actually make your audience feel important and make them feel that you are dancing for them.

 3. Binding Music: “Dancing is the Child of MUSIC and Love”- A. Fandango

Music is as important as choreography in a performance. For viewers, music must be seamless with the choreography as if it is made for the performance only. As a performer, we should always spend some good time refining the music/song that we are using in our performance. Compelling music helps in 2 ways- One, it alone is able to bind and entertain the audience and two, it helps you place your tricks/moves well.

4. Use of Props: For a viewer, props are like icing on the cake. But yeah, only if they are used well. Filling the entire stage with props and then not utilizing them properly is like creating clutter and distorting the view of your audience. So, if you are using props in your performance then use them well.


Think we missed out on something? Tell us in the comments what makes you go crazy while watching a performance.



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5 habits that will improve you as a Dancer

Improvement is what we all seek to achieve in whatever we do. In dance as well, no matter whether you are a professional or a beginner there is always scope for improvement. And the best part is you can actually improve as a dancer by adopting some very simple habits.
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  1. Being regular with your practice: “Practice makes a man perfect” and this adage applies to dance as well. By practicing regularly you will improve your technique, flow and movements quality which will then be reflected in your performances. The number of hours you put into practice depends on a lot of personal factors but make sure that you are regular with whatever time you are putting in.
  2. Warm- ups and cool-downs: These two things are often neglected by beginners. But, actually proper warming up and cooling down makes you less prone to injuries and improves your flexibility and stamina. Thus, you are able to give your best every time you perform and don’t need to miss out on crucial events.
  3. Perform regularly: A dancer is as good as he performs. So, grab any chance you get to perform in front of an audience. This helps you in knowing the audience’s point-of-view, what they like and what they don’t which again helps you in improving yourself.
  4. Eating healthy and taking proper sleep: Dancers are athletes. So, they are also required to take care of what they are eating to ensure that they remain fit and healthy. Also, the energy requirements are higher so you need to make sure that you are fulfilling those requirements. Ideally, your diet should contain healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins and fats. Minimum 8 hrs of sleep ensures higher focus, energy levels and enthusiasm and also make sure that you are listening to your instructor and not sleeping during the class 😉
  5. Do not Dance: Yeah, right you shouldn’t dance when you encounter an injury. As per a survey by Safe Kids Worldwide, 42% of athletes have hidden an injury so that they could perform. But, actually in the long-run it can be disastrous and can affect your entire career. We know it’s hard for a dancer to not being able to dance but during an injury you should just take care of your injury and take rest.

Adopt these habits and see the transformation! Do give your comments; we love when you talk to us 🙂

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Five Things to check before joining a Dance Academy

As you have decided to pursue your passion it’s time to make an informed decision. Here are the 5 most important factors that you should consider while making a decision about your Dance Class:

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  1. Qualifications of the Teacher– Your dance teacher’s qualification directly affect the technique and skills he/she will impart you. Also, not every dance style follows the same level of qualification. So, its better you go online and see what all qualification levels are there in the dance form you want to learn. Then, verify whether the teachers you are considering have that qualification or not. If there are no qualification levels in the form you want to learn then go for experience of the teacher.
  2. Travelling Distance– How close or far away the dance academy is affects you in 2 ways. First, it affects your energy and second it affects your time. Choosing a dance academy at a comfortable proximity ensures that you are neither tired as you reach your academy nor short of time to practice your moves at home.
  3. Academy’s Participation in Dance Events– Being a dancer is one thing and being a performer is altogether a different one. Stage experience is a must for developing personality, confidence and showmanship. So, before choosing an academy you must check whether the academy participates in outside events and competitions.
  4. Batch Size– A smaller batch size means more personalized attention. It ensures proper grooming as the teacher is able to observe whether you are getting the technique right or not. An ideal batch size usually consists of less than 12 students.
  5. Dance Floor– Coming back home with bruises or feet blisters or back pain isn’t a good feeling. Wooden flooring is always preferable as it is more comfortable. So, make sure you check out on the smoothness of the dance floor as well.

Think we miss on some other important factors? Mention them in the comments; we would love to hear from you.

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How To Treat a Dance Injury

If you injure yourself while dancing, you should be aware of the proper and immediate treatment. Some injuries only require self-treatment, but more severe injuries need to be treated by a doctor. Immediate treatment will speed the healing process. A simple way to remember the first aid treatment is to keep in mind the following acronym: RICE.
• R= Rest
• I= Ice
• C= Compression
• E= Elevation

RICE is the recipe for first aid.

Time Required: First 48 hours after the injury occurs

Here’s How:
1. Rest: Stop using the injured area as soon as you experience pain.
2. Ice: Apply ice immediately to the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day for the first 48 hours.
3. Compression: Firmly wrap the injured body part with an elastic or compression bandage between icings.
4. Elevation: Raise the injured part to decrease the blood supply to the injured area.

1. If you suffer a dance injury, stop dancing immediately. Continuing to dance may greatly worsen an injury.
2. The following injuries require immediate professional attention: patellar tendinitis, shin splints, sprains, and stress fractures.
3. Use common sense while dancing…pushing your body beyond its limits will almost always cause an injury.

What You Need:
• Ice
• Bandage
• Time
• Possibly a doctor

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