On this episode of Meet the Locals, we met with 33-year-old dancer Anup Bhardwaj, who choreographs for Bollywood stars.
Deciding to settle in Dubai 10 years ago to develop his career, Anup talks about how he served people with dance:
“I started dancing a long time ago. According to my mother, I was dancing when I was only 2 years old. My inspiration has always been Michael Jackson.
Dancing, that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. Then I started to participate in TV shows. Then I came to Dubai and saw what a wonderful place this is. This is the city of opportunity. So I restarted my work and then set up my own studio.
‘We give people confidence by dancing’
Things are going pretty well and it’s been 10 years now. I have three branches here. It’s an incredible feeling when someone comes to the studio and learns to dance, boosting their self-confidence. I can use dance as an opportunity to improve people’s mental health. That’s why we’re here, you know, literally changing people’s lives.
I had the opportunity to work with many famous stars such as Shahrukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Rani Mukherjee. Because at that time I was doing reality shows on TV in India, and they used to come to our show to help with their videos and movies at that time. I was dancing with them at the time and then I started choreographing for them. A very nice experience. It’s different from classical dance classes, of course. They are different from normal students because you have to follow their body language because all stars and celebrities have different body language. Personally, I think Sunanda Sharma is great at dancing – ok – my wife is going to kill me!
‘The choreography develops our creativity’
Actually, I like choreography more than dance because it’s more creative. Something I can create something new.
Even though Dubai is far from my hometown, I feel at home. For the future I currently have three branches and would like to open another in a few months. I have taught more than 20 thousand people so far. I want to teach dance to more people and pass on my knowledge to the younger generations.”