Dancing to the choreographer’s tunes
Choreographer Salman shares how dancing should be embraced with a sportsmanship spirit
Mumbai: Choreographer Salman has made a mark through reality shows. The latest being ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’. We asked him how he could make even a non-dancer, a dancer onscreen and he shares his trade secrets wherein he also reveals how everything including injuries incurred while dancing should be taken in the right spirit.
“Actually, the celebrities do no hail from the dancing background. Unquestionably, pushing their boundaries they need to keep two things in mind — firstly, they need to adapt to the environment. Secondly, all the hard rules in pushing their envelopes on par with the best show needs to be accepted by them,” shares the ace dancer and adds, “With the show turning more competitive, one tries to put in their best. Nothing is easy or hard, it depends on the dancers to be able to come up to the level of dancing process and adhere to the tough dancing techniques, while learning the dance steps. Also, if they are inflicted with an injury, it is their own responsibility. While learning any sports we need to have the sportsmanship attitude, owing to having taken wrong steps inflicts injuries on anyone be it then the celebrity or the choreographer.”
He also shares the instance of how the choreographers of Siddhartha Shukla, Aarti Chabaria had to quit the show merely because they were injured.
He doles out advise as how to keep the sportsmanship spirit alive while dancing and shares, “Well, my advice to the dancers is always to be alert; we can get hurt even while simply walking. Like any other sport even in dancing we need to keep our body in control. With a wrong move any dancer is bound to get hurt. The reality dance shows have to be done in one breath; obviously we need to increase our energy levels along with gripping the right dancing techniques. These shows are nothing like those easy dancing in Bollywood styles.”
“I being a trained choreographer and with the show turning competitive every day need to improve the skills of my partner. It is not owing to easy or hard steps these celebrities have had a fall, but because they may have skipped any one right move hence get inflicted with injury,” Salman shares adds an instance to clarify his position by saying, “Isha Sharvani had hurt herself while dancing, though she is a learnt, experienced dancer. However, Drashti Dhami has not fallen even while practicing to learn the dancing steps. Some photographers clicked her while she was lying down on the floors, panting for breath after the rigorous practice. Her picture lying down on floors has sent a wrong message. She is an energetic performer and tries her utmost to suit to my tough or dance moves.”
Shedding light how a certain case has been misconstrued, he shares, “Lastly, I may say Isha was not hurt while I was teaching her, not many know that an international choreographer Mr James was mastering her moves while she got injured. What I mean to say is dancers can get hurt while being taught by an Indian guru or a foreign choreographer provided they step in wrongly. Also these girls have no right to crib, they better learn the techniques of dancing artfully.”
“This entirely makes one thing clear and that is I may be a hard task master but my dancing steps given to the celebrity are not hard. With the show turning a dancing battle field, I have to choreograph with my best, unique and brilliant dancing ability,” says the choreographer who does not believe in compromising on quality.