We have a whole new set of Dance pioneers who are ready to invite you to a unique video dance challenge – one that you can access and vote from the palms of your hand. Here’s the newest addition to the already growing list of Chuzi Pioneers.

Our additions are:

  • Caper Mania Crew
  • Jay Bhatt
  • Sandeep
  • Lakshita
  • Barkha
  • Jai D

Caper Maniac Crew

Caper Maniac Crew is from Kolkata, and active in the dance world since 2016. They started out as a college dance crew and then went on to the national scene. They were the finalists in the Genre 2.0, Indian Hip Hop Championship 19. Caper Maniac Crew is one of our Pioneers. We got in touch with them to find out their views about the world of dance.  Here’s that conversation.,

What made you pursue dance?

A show inspired us, Dil Dosti Dance.

What were the challenges you faced in your career?

To begin with, we are from a middle class family. So, of course, we had a lot of monetary issues. We had other issues like not having a good place to practice. We actually practiced in a field.

According to you, what was the highlight of your career?

We represented Kolkata as a College Dance Crew. We are the first to start Litefeet in Kolkata. All this, we consider being the highlights of our career.

What is your creative process?

We like to observe and explore everything around us. That is our creative process.

How would you describe your dancing style?

We try to show motions with movement in every style.

What is your favorite dancing and singing style?

The one dance style that we really like is choreography.

Who is the dream celebrity you’d like to work with?

We’d like to work with Larkin Poynton.

Jay Bhatt

Jay Bhatt is a dancer from Gujarat. He is from the VCompany, that’s run by Vernon Monteiro. He is one of the Chuzi Pioneers. Here’s what he has to say about the dance scene in India.

What made you pursue dance?

Well, my mother is a dancer. So, I guess I just followed her footsteps while growing up. But life changed for me when I joined VCompany.

What is the highlight of your career?

That moment was when I won the Lyrical Battle at VCompany two times, once during the Volume 5 and then during the Volume 6 Battle.

What is your creative process?

I do freestyle all the time. Most of the moves that I do are originals. I also sometimes do the Choreography moves.

What are some of the challenges you faced in your professional career?

Of course, there was the monetary aspect. That is a big predicament for anyone wanting to make it big in the world of dance.
Who is the dream celebrity you’d like to work with?

I would like to work with Brian Puspos.

Sandeep

Sandeep Singh is popular as stranger_aka_beatkiller. He is from the Pathakhera District – Betul, in Madhya Pradesh. He runs a Dance Class in his area. He is one of the Chuzi Pioneers. Here’s a transcript of our conversation with him.

What made you pursue dance?

I decided to go ahead in the world of dance so that I could make my family proud.

How did it all begin for you?

I follow Vernon Monteiro. Anything that’s connected to him, it reaches me. He gave me an opportunity and I am thankful for that.

What kind of problems have you faced in your career?

Those problems never end.  We are always struggling about something or the other.  We have financial issues, and those create other issues. For example, sometimes, we don’t have the proper attire. We don’t have the money to buy the correct kind of attire. All these problems are a part of our life.

Tell us about your creative  process. 

We do a lot of practice. We practice doing cypher, flow practice, musicality, storytelling and we even do battles among ourselves.

What is your favorite dancing style?

I like the Beatkill style of dancing.

What are the highlights of your career?

We won the Aditya Birla Award. We also featured in the Kapil Sharma Show.

The one person you’d like to work with?

Vernon Monteiro, of course.

The location you’d like to perform?

On the roads of Las Vegas

Lakshita

Lakshita is one of the youngest professional dancers today. At twelve years, she trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. She is one of the Chuzi Pionners.

What made you decide to pursue dance?

Since I was 3 years old, I used to dance to bollywood music and I have been dancing ever since.

What is your creative process like?

I first listen to random songs.  If I like the song then I try to create a step that fits. Sometimes if I get stuck I ask for help from my teacher.

How did it all start for you? 

One of my neighbors was a classical dance teacher. As I liked dancing my mother put me in her class. As time went by I became a professional.

How would you describe your dancing style?

Jazz as sassy and funky, contemporary as a flowing river, ballet as a doll, and hip hop as energetic.

What kind of challenges did you face in the initial stages of your career?

Finding the right teachers, who I have found at VCompany.

What is your favorite dancing style?

Acro and jazz are my favorite.

Which do you think are the highlights for your career?

Winning evolution at VCompany and dance competitions at school.

Who is the dream celebrity you like to work with?

Kaycee Rice

What is the one location you would like to perform at?

New York, America.

What is the suggestion would you like to give to upcoming artists?

To become a better dancer choose your style and teacher carefully.

What is next for you?

If I am lucky,  international shows.

Barkha

How did it all start for you?

I have been interested in dance since my school days. In my school, dance teachers would teach Bollywood dance. That’s how I got interested and my interest levels increased.

What is your creative process like?

I observe things, I pay attention to those aspects and then use them in my choreography. I utilize what I see in nature.

How would you describe your dancing style?

I have learnt dance from Rohan N Group, and the choreographer Rohan Rokade. I learnt a lot from him. He taught me that the more you move your body, the more your imagination opens up.

What are the challenges you faced in your career?

Well, I didn’t face many, but a couple of times, my family wasn’t happy with the shows that I did.  Then, when I was in school, I didn’t really get time to practice, as I was busy with homework and examinations.  Also, when I was in school, I had to take a break from my dance performances, because I had a lot of pressure when it comes to education.

Jai D

Jaikumar Dhurve, also known as Jai D, from Udaipur, Madhya Pradesh is the only professional dancer in his hometown and tehsil. He is one of the Chuzi Pioneers. We got in touch with him.,

How did it all start for you?

I started dancing pretty late – when I was in my 12th. People in my town don’t know what professional dancing is.  I decided to come to Mumbai, because we didn’t have the required facilities.  I had a lot of doubts in the beginning. But it is alright now, I am still learning.

What are the problems that you faced in your career?

At the beginning of my career, I faced some issues  – the people I knew didn’t think of professional dancing as a real one. So, choosing that as a profession was a big challenge for me.

After I completed my course with Terence Lewis, my parents wanted me to complete my college. But one year later, I saw that I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing. So, I convinced my parents and joined V Company.

Tell us about your time in Mumbai

I joined the Terence Lewis Academy. I became their first student to get a diploma in Hip Hop Dance.  I then joined V Company. I am confident about my dance style now.  Now, I am in Pune, I work as a choreographer.

What made you pursue dancing?

I started dancing in school just for fun.  But then, people told my parents that they shouldn’t allow me to dance.  But I didn’t agree. There’s no dance academy in my hometown even today.  People aren’t aware of aspects like dancing and singing.

How would you describe your dancing style?

I don’t have a specific style. I do what I like when I am on the stage.

What is your favorite dancing/singing style?

I like hip hop and popping.

Who are the dream celebrities you’d like to work with?

I would like to work with all the dance icons of India, Terence Lewis, Vernon Monteiro, Remo D’Souza, everyone.

Where would you like to dance, what venue?

I would like to dance at the World of Dance.