Dhinchak Inspiration – Elvis D’souza
Bade hoke sab ko doctor banna hai, or else engineer, chalo maximum teacher, but have you ever thought of dance as a career choice? Well, someone did. And, no, he ain’t a DID champ. This week’s DhinchakInspiration stole hearts with his swift dance moves on the Malhar battle field, little did he know back then that a Post Graduate degree in Geology, would push him to explore opportunities on the polished dance floor.
A science education, a first job with a social media agency and a future in dance, our DhinchakInspiration Elvis, tells you what it takes to become dhinchak in this big bad world.
Q. When did you first realize that dance was your thing?
A. Well, it was not an instant pop up in my head that said, ‘Yeah, this is it, I’m going to be a dancer/choreographer’. It was more of a gradual process. I started dancing when I was in F.Y.BSc for a local fest, then went on to do a workshop with a renowned choreographer, was asked by my instructor to audition for the company scholarship, but decided to study.
Q. Why pursue a Master’s in Geology? Why not a course in dance? Would you say it was societal pressure?
A. I always believe that a basic education degree is essential. It’s a foundation for your career, be it in any field science, dance, theatre, photography etc. Pursuing a degree in Geology was my own decision as I liked the subject and found it interesting. I didn’t know of a school that offered a BFA course in India and on the International level, I couldn’t afford the course fee.
Q. What is the most inspiring thing about teaching?
A. The more I teach, the more I learn. According to me, the person who learns the most at my class is me. As a teacher, I get to meet amazing people with varied personalities and background stories, something that I have always loved. Also, the fact that I can share my love and passion for and knowledge of dance with others is a thrill.
Q. What is the most irritating thing you hear people say when you tell them you are a dancer/choreographer?
A. Initially my peers would laugh and talk about career problems, supporting a family etc. But as time has passed, people have become more acceptable and supportive. I guess, it’s the awareness and buzz created by the reality shows. People have begun to understand the scope of dance and many more are pursuing the art as a career which is awesome.
Q. If you had to define dance in one word, what would that be?
Q. Share with us some memories of early dance competitions you may have participated in that changed your life
A. My first competition was at Malhar, the Annual fest at St. Xavier’s College. Without any prior training, I was chosen to play the lead role in the routine. The thrill, the adrenaline rush and those moments on stage is something I will remember always. Elvis had entered the dance industry on the count of 5, 6, 7, 8!
Q. Future growth plans ?
A. Get trained from instructors near and far. Perform, perform and perform. And hopefully, someday, own a dance school.
Q. One song from the 90’s that makes you sway to its beats even today?
A. Black or white, Mambo no 5., Ice Ice Baby…too many! The 90’s was good!
Q. Do you think shows like DID and others have helped popularize dance as a career choice now ?
A. To some extent. It has helped create awareness about various dance styles from around the world.
Q. One message to mumbaikars waiting to kickstart an unconventional career
A. As cliche as it may sound, ‘Follow your dreams’ coz that’s whats going to make you happy. If not as a full time career atleast keep in touch with your passion.
And on that note, Go get INSPIRED Mumbai. Jee le apni zindagi