Sandip Soparrkar

He is a renowned dance instructor and an internationally sought after choreographer.
Probably the most recognised face of western dance, in and beyond India. Sandip Soparrkar has chalked out his next big plan, post mapping the moves of Britney Spears, Shakira and performing at Madonna’s 50th birthday celebrations. When he unlocks his limbs gracefully on stage, your eyes move with him. His passion for his art floors you consistently.

“I started dancing at the age of 12,” shares Sandip. “I learnt dance and I used to compete with my Polish partner for different European Latin championships. We danced together for over nine years. After we parted ways, I decided to teach dancing and did my certifications in Latin and ballroom dance from the Ballroom Dance Teacher Training School in Germany,” he adds. Soparrkar pursued the three-year-long course, much against the wishes of his father. After all, it was an unusual choice of a career for the hotel management graduate. “But my mother and my ex-boss, Ms Pinto, convinced my dad that he should let me follow my heart,” he says.

Today, Sandip Soparrkar is an unbeatable brand in western dance forms. From Kites and Holiday to Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and 7 Khoon Maaf, he has crafted dance pieces in many celluloid adventures. What has been the biggest challenge he has faced? “It took me a while to understand film choreography. But when I was nominated for Screen Awards (for Kites) and the American Choreography Awards (for Britney’s Womaniser video), I felt I have been able to overcome my shortcomings as a choreographer.”

Shilpi Madan in conversation with Sandip Soparrkar
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