Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar in a Facebook Live from The Indian Express page spoke about the importance of dance in one’s life, and how it is a beautiful form of self expression. He also taught viewers some Salsa moves.
Encouraging viewers to dance to feel good during this period of lockdown, Sandip said that there is no set age for people to take up dance. He said, “People start dancing when they are 3-5 years old. I have got people who have started dance lessons at 70 also, so there is no set age when one should start dancing. Age really does not matter. You need to have the fire in your belly. You need to be passionate about dancing.”
Talking about his dance journey, Sandip Soparrkar said, “I started dancing when I was 5 years old. My father and grandfather, who were in the army, used to have lot of dance parties over weekends. I took my first dance step with my grandmother. It was foxtrot.” Since then Sandip has not looked back.
Encouraging viewers to keep moving even while they are at home, he said, “I would suggest we move around in the house. It is of utmost importance that we move around to keep our body function normal and feel good. Dance is a really fun activity to do. I guarantee you that if you dance even for a few minutes in the day, you end up feeling good and active. And if you don’t want to dance, definitely do some exercise and stretching. It will really help you feel fresher and better. You will be rejuvenated and feel happier. Movement generates energy.”
Sandip Soparrkar was then asked if he thinks dance today has become more of a fitness activity and if it is losing the sense of self expression. He said, “Dance is a form of physical fitness, I agree. Everything which involves movement of body is a form of fitness. But what is more important is that all these things you do, should make you look within yourself. If you can do that, these activities will not only help you stay fit physically, but also mentally. Fitness is only one branch of dance. Dance is spiritual. And to let dance touch your soul, you need to study it’s history and really connect with it.”
Sandip lastly commented on the dance reality shows. He said, “Dance reality shows have really made international dance forms popular in the country. However these platforms need to also curate and showcase Indian dances as I think we don’t show more of them on TV. India has a rich culture of dancing and we have great dancers in our country. They deserve a platform too.”
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