Numero uno dance master Shiamak Davar believes dance lets us learn, enjoy and work out at the same time. For kids, in these days of excessive screen consumption, dance is a great hobby to cultivate, says the indisputable guru of contemporary dance in India, having set the stage ablaze with his pathbreaking choreography in countless blockbusters including Dil to Pagal Hai, Taal… His expert National Award winning tutelage has brought out sparkling students in Varun DhawanShahid Kapoor. His Summer Funk programmes have been a success for over 25 years now. Excerpts from a conversation with Express Parenting.

What does dance mean to you?

Dance means everything to me! Though I started out as a singer and theatre actor, dance became my mission in life eventually. Performing arts is what I knew and I simply followed my instinct. I believe everyone has a purpose in life, and mine is the performing arts. For me, dance is something that aligns the mind, body and the spirit. Dance heals. The last 30 years have brought in a revolution of sorts. The industry has opened up tremendously. Today arts and culture have become immensely popular and people no longer fear making their passion, their profession. This transitional change in thinking has opened up many doors.

Shilpi Madan for Indian Express

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