"All You Have to Do Is Put Your Heart and Soul in Doing What You Love" - Calder Dias

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I was born and brought up in a small arabian country called Kuwait. Coming from a house of dancers it didn't take me long to realise that I could dance as well. Other than that, I am a drummer, DJ and a portrait photographer. 

Hip hop soon became a lifestyle to me and I couldn't think about anything else. And after years of practice, dedication and passion i've performed on about 300 stages on both national and international platforms. There's this overwhelming joy of performing your art and I would never want to let go of it.

2. When did you first decide you wanted to pursue dancing and how did you start? 

My brother was one of the first generation B boys in India. He inspired me to be more than I am. He thought me my basics and helped me build my foundations which indirectly helped me progress on my own. My parents always supported me which just led to me being always motivated.

3. Who is your favorite dancer and why? 

Daniel Campos, known as B boy Cloud.

Besides being a fabulous dancer, he is also an amazing music producer and cinematographer. His work is magnificent and all I can do is aspire to be like him. Other than him, I love watching my mom and dad dance. It makes me really happy watching them perform and they're actually pretty good.

4. Can you throw some light on opportunities one gets as a dancer? 

Opportunities come knocking everyday. May it be in the form of your own academy, a new stage to perform on, a reality show, a competition with a life changing outcome. The best part of being an artist is you get to see art in motion. All you have to do is put your heart and soul in doing what you love, it won't let you down.

5. Is formal training required or can one train themselves purely on the basis of talent? 

As far as dance is concerned, if you want to be better, you have to train. But it's not necessary to always learn from an academy.

All you need is some space to move about, music, preferably a mirror, a little bit of talent and a whole lot of hard work. 

6. What piece of advice would you like to give to future and aspiring artists? 

It's always easy to let go of what you once started, but before you do, think of why you started in the first place. And as you progress, don't forget to help those who need it. That'll help you grow as a dancer and a person.

7. Which is your favorite book and why? 

A favourite book of mine would be 'One big blissful thing' by Josh Radnor. The book, more than anything is a journey with some familiar truth.

-Calder Dias , Dancer
- Interviewed by Khushi Badrinath
- Edited by Shilpy Sharan

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