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My Dance Journey

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Dance is a massive part of my life. I do not dance because I want to, but because it is necessary for me. Everyone has something in their lives that they must pursue to keep them grounded and centred and for me this is Dance.

My earliest memories of dancing are at school when myself and a group of friends would get together in the playground and create routines to our favourite pop songs :) In year 6 one of our teachers ran a dance club and taught us a routine to ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ by Britney Spears. I just could not get enough of dancing after that and could not stop! I had found something I was actually good at. In school I used to find academic subjects really hard, anything that was movement related and creative I was all there.

In secondary school I met a PE teacher called Ms Calascibetta. She ran a dance club at lunchtime once a week and I knew I had to go, nothing was going to stop me. Ms Carlascibetta had so much belief in my ability and gave me so much support during the five years I was at school. Her passion for dance and support made me believe in myself to pursue dance further.

I enrolled on a Performing Arts course at NewVic college. At this point I knew I wanted a career in dance. It did take a bit of convincing family as no one had embarked on a career that was this creative. Coming from an Indian background this was not the traditional career path to take, but dance had to be a part of my life.

Whilst at NewVic I was dancing for the East London Dance Youth Company, I was 16 at the time. We had to audition to get in and when I was accepted, I was over the moon. The Artistic Director was Bonnie Oddie, she was stern but incredibly inspiring. We had two sessions a week. One was a technique class and the other was creative, we were really pushed creatively and physically. The stigmata young people had at the time, especially being from East London, we wanted to break that. I was in the company for three years and we had performed all over the country, in theatres, festivals and in some beautiful venues. Through the company I have made some great friends which I still hold close to me today.

Whilst at NewVic we got an amazing opportunity to audition to be in ‘Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire’. The role was to dance in the Yule Ball scene, I auditioned and got the role. For me this was a game changer when it came to people’s perception of my dance career, they knew I was very serious about it at this point. At the same time I auditioned to dance in a Bollywood Company called Threebee. I got in and we used to perform at wedding events, stage shows and in 2010 got to the semi-finals on Britain’s Got Talent. The start of my professional dance career had started with a bang. As my time in NewVic was coming to an end I had applied to all the main dance schools in London. I was bombarded by rejection. I was incredibly low at the time and felt why was this happening as I had worked so hard.

I knew the limitation was in my dance technique so I decided to train for three years in Lewisham College (2006-9). They had a great course where you train in ballet, contemporary and jazz. At the audition I met the course leader Rebecca Litteck who asked me ‘do you have scoliosis?’. I did not even know what that was and she advised me to get my spine checked by a physiotherapist. I went and got my spine examined and I did have scoliosis (curvature of the spine).  Through my time at Lewisham college I really worked on getting my technique and core really strong. We had really amazing teachers such as Buddy Watkins, Ragnhild Olsen, Katie Pearson and Bim Malcomsome. The knowledge and skills I picked up on this course have helped push my career massively.

The last step in my dance training was my dance degree (BA Dance Performance) in Middlesex University. The course really made me push the boundaries choreographically. At the same time as my degree I was still performing and teaching dance regularly. I remember thinking there really is not enough hours in the day! I graduated in 2012.

I work under the name ‘Krupa Chavda Dance’. I have a pool of teachers and performers that work with me. We provide school clubs/workshops, dance parties, dance hen parties in a number of styles, performance, 1-2-1 dance sessions, teaching groups choreography for events, flashmob and many more services.

I work with a number of companies and artists day to day. I have worked with Folk Dance Remixed, Bollywood Vibes, WAC Arts, Sadlers’ Wells, East London Dance, Greenwich Dance, Zest Dance Workshops, Primary Workshops For Schools, Central Park School, Amanda’s Action Club, Soap and Glory, Warner Brothers, Dance Buzz, Got to Dance, Vibes Dance and many more. I work with a range of people from adults, the elderly, to people with disabilities, babies, children and teenagers. The dance styles I specialise in are Bollywood, Contemporary, Jazz, Street dance, South American dance, Hip Hop, Commercial dance, English Folk dance and African dance. My work mainly consists of performing, teaching and choreography. Through my work I have hundreds of students and meet a massive range of people, I love every minute.

If you have any questions, or are interested in dance feel free to contact me using the ‘Contact Me’ page. I have been truly blessed to have the thriving career I do have and I am looking forward to what the future holds :)

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