SHALL WE DANCE?

TERENCE LEWIS TELLS YOU WHY YOU NEED TO DITCH YOUR PHONE AND LEARN HOW TO SHAKE A LEG THIS SUMMER
WORDS YVONNE JACOB
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WHAT IF WE LEFT our phones for a day?
Without a doubt we’d have a sea of mails and missed calls and a very angry boss to add to that list. But really, it’s ok to take some time off once in a while. Like, go dancing perhaps! Look how that turned out for Richard Gere in Shall We Dance. A chance discovery of a passion (for dance) and getting acquainted with the gorgeous Jennifer Lopez makes his dull life beautiful, and dare we say complicated! But you don’t have to take our word for it. Which is why we got you the words of one of the best choreographers in the industry, Terence Lewis.

What exactly is Anybody Can Dance?
This is a total 2-hour dance party, where one will not only learn cool moves and grooves but I will also be revealing easy tips and tricks. So in all, one will end up feeling confident and satisfied.

How can people enrol for this?
Anybody can sign up on our website, terencelewis.com for the programme. The participants can enrol for a 15-day free membership in gyms across India or even learn dancing with their local dancers and choreographers to follow an active lifestyle. I have signed up myself with Growfitter India which allows me to use this free membership in any gym/local dance institute for 15 days after my masterclass in order to get fitter, healthier and happier.

How did the ABCD master class tour come about?
I realised that one of the biggest challenges I faced in 2018 was being able to balance social media, and the need to know what's happening around me. I realised that I wasn't being able to function properly and had become very sluggish. While I have an active lifestyle because my profession demands it, I had become more of an observer than a doer. I felt that this is leading to us becoming digitally active but physically inert. So it is very important to find the right balance and get people out of this inertia. To do this, I chose dance as a medium because dance is not just a physical activity but also a fun and learning activity.

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So, what’s the point of it all?
With this initiative, the aim is to balance the usage of phones or social media rather than jumping to extreme measures. With this ABCD masterclass my motive is to get people out of their homes and get active in their physical life. Our intent is to make the body move and make people have fun. Masterclass is designed keeping in mind both dancers as well as non-dancers. Kids from the age of 8 years to adults and even older generation can enrol to this class. Because as the name mentions, we are going to make anybody and everybody dance to the tunes!

Tell us a little about yourself.
Dance happened to be an accident rather than an informed choice, an outcome of the need to be noticed and appreciated. I never wanted to become a dancer as a kid though I enjoyed it from time to time. I was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters. I loved attention but I felt my family had no time for me. The only way to get attention was to go up on stage. To my surprise, I realised that I loved taking part, competing and being on stage. The power to make people suspend their worlds and come into a surreal world that I would create with my presence and craft, really gave me a kick. At the age of 26, I did a three-month intensive training at the Alvin Ailey School. Then I went to open classes at Broadway Dance Centre in New York and studied with the teachers there. Later I won a scholarship to visit the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna (the world’s best festival of contemporary dance), where I subsequently became a teacher and I have been teaching there for the last 10 years. After that, DID (Dance India Dance) happened in 2009 and from there on, life became different.

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