The new season of Super Dancer has marked its arrival on the small screen, MUSBA HASHMI chats up contestants about their journey and experiences
‘My father is my confidence-booster'
Hailing from the Pink City, 12-year-old Gourav Sarwan is a master of freestyle. He started dancing when he was seven. Speaking about how he evoked interest in dancing, Sarwan said: “I learned dance from my father. When I was seven, I used to watch him dance and eventually I gained interest in it.”
Sarwan choreographs his performance himself and takes no professional training in dance. “My parents made me join the dance class Dance Mafia. I learned there for a year and then left. Since then I practice myself and choreograph songs on my own,” he says.
Sarwan's parents supported his dream from the beginning and encouraged him to work on his passion. “My parents were very supportive, especially my father. He used to help me with the choreography and gave me tips to improve my dance steps. There were times when I was not able to get a dance step right but he was always there to help me out. He is like a confidence-booster for me. My mother always appreciated my performance and encouraged me to do better,” he says.
Speaking about how he manages his study and dance, Sarwan explains: “I practice for four-five hours daily but don't let that affect my studies. My mother makes sure that I study daily, though I don't like to (laughs).”
Talking about how confident was he when he came for the audition, he said; “I was little nervous that whether I will be able to make it in Top 12 or not but then all my hard work paid off and I got selected in Top 12. Now I am looking forward to win the title of Super Dancer 3.”
‘I started dancing when I was five'
This seven-year-old from Ludhiana — Saksham Sharma — is leaving no stone unturned in convincing us that talent has no boundaries. At such a young age, Sharma not only performs dance but lives it too.
"I started dancing when I was five years old. The first time I decided to dance was when I saw Hrithik Roshan dancing. I was impressed by his moves," he tells you.
Sharma said he was very nervous and worried when he came for the audition round. "I was anxious and nervous about how I will perform and what reaction will I get from the judges but then I prayed to God and gave my auditions and got selected in Top 12," Sharma explained.
Sharma feels that with the right amount of dedication, hard work and focus any child can reach his goal.
Guru Vaibhav Ghuge, who is Sharma's mentor in the show, feels that Sharma is a very talented and hardworking child who doesn't know to give up on things.
"All the kids on Super Dancer 3 are extremely talented but Saksham has the quality of a performer. There is a lot of difference between a dancer and a performer. Anyone can dance but only a few know how to feel dance, that is the quality of a true performer and Saksham inherits this quality. He doesn't give up easily and he is very stubborn when it comes to dance. Whenever there is a step that he can't catch I tell him 'rehendo yeh tumsey nahin hoga, step change kar detey hain' and he quickly replies 'I will do it Sir, give me ten minutes' and within the next ten minutes he does the step with so much perfection. So he has that determination in himself which makes him different from other children," Ghuge says.
‘Prabhu Deva is my inspiration'
Another young talent who is doing well at the age 9 — Tejas Varma — tells you that Prabhu Deva is his inspiration and he aims to dance like him one day. Varma comes from an economically weak family and his father works as a worker in a transport company. But being underprivileged has not hit his passion for dance.
He started dancing at the age of 4 and learned dance from his father. "My father is a trained dancer. He took part in Boogie Woogie. Earlier, he used to train me at home and then he realised that I can perform better and he started sending me to dance classes. Then I took part in certain dance competitions that used to happen near my house and I won them,” he says.
“I was a contestant in High Fever and I reached the grand-finale but I ended up as a runner-up but now I want to win this show and make a place for myself in the industry," he adds.
Though Varma's mother did not support him in the initial days, she now wants him to become a successful choreographer. "I did not want him to become a dancer at that time because we did not have enough money to pay for his dance classes and I was anxious about his future. But now after seeing him perform I believe that he will do well in life. I want him to become a successful choreographer and make his name in the industry," she exclaimed.
"His father was very supportive and did everything to make him a dancer, voh kehtey they chahey meri job hi kyun na chali jaye par mera beta dancer zaroor banega,” she adds.