The Chuzi Pioneers are a group of incredibly talented visionaries who are supporting a unique endeavor for the dance community  – an online video dance championship in India. Chuzi app has selected more than 50 top ten dancers and influencers around the country to bring to you some of the most happenin’ aspects of the dance world.

Our team is:

  • Ashu and Ravi
    Harsh Pawar
  • Koilash
  • Aashtha
  • Ashi

Ashu and Ravi

What made you pursue dance as a profession?

I love dancing. I would actually love to spread the word of dancing all over the country and the world. 

What were the issues you faced in your journey as a dancer?

We are from a simple family. Obviously, the first issue was the financial one. But we faced a lot of issues, we wouldn’t like to delve into that. 

What is your dance style?

Our dance style is hip hop and animation. 

Harsh

Harsh Pawar is a dancer/performer from Mumbai. He’s been dancing in various offline and reality shows for the past ten years. He’s one of the Chuzi Pioneers. We got in touch with him and this is what he had to say to us about the dance scene in India.

Tell us about your journey

I started dancing in 2008. I wasn’t very serious back then. But later on, I started concentrating on dance and practicing it. After my dad expired, I had a lot of responsibilities on me. I needed money. I started driving a rickshaw. But then I paid attention to my training and dance performances and did reality shows.

What was your big dance break, according to you?

My biggest break until now was the first season of Feels.  I did several reality shows after that, right from Dance Vs and Dance Maharashtra Dance, World Dance League, India’s Best Dancer, and the Youtube Silver Play button. 

According to you, what are the highlights of your career?

After the first season of Feels, I  introduced my brother on Sony TV in the audition of India’s Best Dancer.

And the one celebrity you’d like to work with?

Remo D’Souza, one of the top 10 dancers in Bollywood. 

What’s the place you’d really like to perform at?

Las Vegas World of Dance.

What made you pursue dance?

I wanted to do something that would make my parents proud. I wanted to prove myself on some level. That’s the reason I decided to pursue my passion, dance. 

What is your creative process like?

I pay attention to the lyrics of the song that I am supposed to dance on. I add the gist of those lyrics to the emotes that I add to my performance. So, my dance style is popular with the audience. I make it funny, even add double entendre sometimes, all of that works well. 

Koilash

Koilash is from Guwahati, Assam. According to him, he is still learning and exploring the world of dance. He is a dance teacher at the FDS Studio. He is one of the Chuzi Pioneers. We got in touch with him and had a tete-a-tete. 

What made you pursue dance?

I am passionate about dance. I wanted to make my parents proud, and so I decided to make a career in dance.  When I was younger, I saw the reality shows Dance India Dance and So, You Think You Can Dance.  Those dancers inspired me.  

What are the issues you faced in your career?

Of course, I had financial issues. My parents wanted me to work and take up a job instead of dancing. 

What is your favorite dancing style?

I love the contemporary style of dance. 

What is the one location that you’d like to dance at?

I would love to dance at the WOD. And the one celebrity you’d like to dance with?

I would like to work with Raghav Juyal, he’s one of the top 10 dancers in India. 

What is your creative process?

I like to do something different each time. I don’t have a specific creative process. 

Aashtha

How did it all start for you?

I joined a dance class with a friend just for a lark. I went with her and practiced for around eight months. My parents didn’t allow me after that. I didn’t really know whether I had an interest in dance or not at that point of time. I started practicing dance at home during that phase in my life. When I started practicing at home, my interest in dance increased.

What made you pursue dance?

I express myself through dance. Whether I am happy or sad, I use the dance steps to express that. The day I realized that I use dance for self-expression, I pursued dancing. For me, dancing is the language of the soul. 

What is your creative process?

I love concept-based dancing. Whenever I have a cool and amazing concept, I create magic from that concept. 

How would you describe your dance style?

My dance style is a mix of hip hop, whacking, and urban dance. 

Who’s the one celebrity you’d like to work with?

I would like to work with Bosco of Bosco-Caesar fame and Remo DSouza, they are in the list of top 10 Indian dancers.

Ashi

Ashi, real name Veerangana Sinha is one of the Chuzi Pioneers. She has one of the most interesting reasons for joining the world of dance and dance performances. We recently caught up with her. Here’s a transcript of her conversation with us.

What made you pursue dance?

My mother wanted to see her daughter dance, and on-screen. She has been taking me to various dance classes since I was a child. Seeing those various dance forms and dancers, my interest in this art increased.  I have been going to dance classes since I was three years old. 

How would you describe your dancing style?

I have been training in dance for a while now. I have trained in various dance styles, like Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, Krump.  But if you ask me the one dance style that I like the most, it’s freestyle.  I take inspiration from all dance styles and create a unique one for every dance performance that I do. I would say that music is the one aspect that describes my dance style. There’s nothing beyond music. 

What is your creative process like?

I get inspired by everyday things. I look for inspiration from everything, and it’s not just limited to dance.

What challenges have you faced in your dance career?

There have been several ups and downs. The biggest one for me was the back injury that had me take complete bed rest for more than two years. I am still recovering from it. It was a learning experience, though. It taught me to be patient, not to rush behind things. Everything will fall in its place when it has to. 

What is your favorite dancing style?

There’s no favorite dancing style as such. I get inspired by all styles. Krump will always remain close to my heart, though. 

According to you, what was the big break in your career?

I haven’t had it yet. I am waiting for my big break., 

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

Madhuri Dixit, Remo D’Souza, Prabhu Deva, the list is endless!

What is the one location that you’d like to dance at?

The stage of Dance Plus

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