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Join a sampler workshop in Delhi and learn Jive & Rock'n'Roll, Shabop and Bollywood Jazz!

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Shiamak TOIFA

Gear up for some awesome performances choreographed by him. Not just this, but Shiamak is also looking forward to perform himself at the first ever ‘Times Of India Film Awards’.

A mesmerizing performance by the students of renowned choreograher, Shaimak Davar called ConfiDance will make its way to Hyderabad, this year. ConfiDance is a dancing extravaganza where various dance forms like Broadway Jazz and musicals to Shiamak Style (Contemporary), Jazz to Shabop (Hip Hop & Street Funk) and Bollywood Jazz will share the stage. The show that has been running to packed audiences for nearly a decade in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore now.

Performed by the Special Potential Batch (SPB) and the Showkids, these students are handpicked by Shiamak and receive advance training with a focus on technique and knowledge. This year, the show presents pieces from Shiamak’s repertoire along with a dance journey around the world. The event will be held at Shilpakala Vedika on Sunday, March 3, from 12 noon to 2 pm.



Shiamak Davar

Choreographer Shiamak Davar, credited for being one of the first to popularize Bollywood dance outside of India, is set to perform at the Times of India Film Awards song and dance night.

An award-winning cast of song and dance stars are set to grace the Pacific Coliseum stage to kick off the inaugural Times of India Film Awards weekend in Vancouver on April 4.

TOIFA announced its star-studded lineup Monday, revealing featured artists like Sukhwinder Singh, known for his Academy Award winning song “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” and Shiamak Davar, world renowned choreographer and singer who popularized Bollywood dance across the globe.

The lineup also includes Mohit Chauhan, Indian pop and playback singer, otherwise known as a singer contracted to record music for movie soundtracks, Sunidhi Chauhan, female playback singer known for her upbeat numbers, Hard Kaur, the face of Indian hip hop, and Shalmali Kholgade, an award-winning singer known for her song “DaaruDesi” from “Cocktail.”

Tickets for the concert are available at with floor seats priced $375 to $500 and lower bowl seating at $150.

Premium and premium plus packages including tickets for both the April 6 awards night and April 4 concert are also available on for $2,500 and $3,250.

The first ever TOIFA will be held April 4-6 throughout the city with musical performances by some of Bollywood’s biggest stars and special appearances by top celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchab, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma.

Scheduling and purchasing information is available at

Deepika Padukone

Now who doesn’t like cupcakes? Deepika Padukone sent a basketful of sweet treats to Shiamak Davar and his dance troupe recently.

It was Dippy’s way of saying thank-you to the choreographer who had helped her out with her dance performance at a recent awards show.

The actress tweeted, “u guys were so amazing through my performance! Thank u ALL!” To this, Shiamak wrote back, “ur the sweetest! The dance company was overjoyed by the cup cakes u sent! Just so touched!!! God bless u!”

A source close to Deepika says, “She likes sending small surprise gifts to her loved ones. She is on cloud nine after the success of her last release. She is looking forward to her films this year and is in an awesome mood.”

He serves thousands of dance enthusiasts through Shiamak Davar International (SDI). In 1998 he won the National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work in Bollywood film ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’. Read his life journey…
Q: Did you always want to become a dancer?
A. Performing arts was in my blood since childhood. I participated in plays and musicals though at that time singing was my being. Dance happened much later and with master classes abroad, I realised my talent for it. Shiamak

Q. Your first performance…
A. Probably in my living room with a coke bottle as my mike and performing for my family and friends as a kid! The stage really feels like home, so whether it was theatre or dance, the rush that you get from of a live audience and the energy they give, is unreal.

Q. How did you go professional?
A. It was a humble beginning with just seven students when I started my dance institute, and the struggle and rejection was tremendous. But I knew that dance and the performing arts is the reason for my existence so I kept going.

Q. What hurdles did you face?
A. Twenty years back, dance as a profession was unheard of – especially western style. People would say boys don’t dance and girls who come to dance class would find it hard to get married! Western jazz required them to wear fitted leotards – this was scorned upon. But I found strength from the humiliation and trusted God and my ability.

Q: Most memorable moments…
A. Receiving the national award for choreography at a time when I thought Bollywood would not accept my western style; performing and choreographing the Commonwealth Games; performing for Oprah, Bill Clinton and the likes. And getting a surprise call to choreograph Mission Impossible 4!

Q: How serious is dance education in India?
A. The SDI programme takes dance to schools as a part of their regular curriculum that helps students develop their personality and stimulates their mind. Schools across the country have received this extremely well and the results have been fantastic. Parents have seen a change in their children and they improve focus, concentration, coordination and team spirit. The society has really opened up and is realising what performing arts can really do.

Q: Your advice to budding choreographers…
A. Be original. First train yourselves, gain knowledge, know the right technique, recognise your niche and then develop it. Your choreography should reflect your personality. Respect the art and give it complete commitment. Half- baked knowledge will yield half-hearted results, work hard and have patience. 

Shiamak's Mega Dance Auditions Are Back!

Shiamak’s Mega Dance Auditions Are Back!

Looking out for talent from all over India for my One Year Program (OYP), Half Yearly Program (SHP) and OYP for juniors (JOY). So if you want to take up dance seriously, learn the technique and various dance styles, you must come for the auditions!!