“Work Hard and Have Faith” - Vaishali Arora

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1.Tell us more about your background and journey.

I belong to kolkata and shifted to Mumbai at the age of 18 to pursue higher education as well as a career in dancing. But fortunately i have amazing parents who support me everyday and take pride in my work.

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

I was always inclined towards dancing since the age of 6. Gradually i had started choreographing for school fests and other contests. As soon as i moved to mumbai, I started working. 

3. Who is your favourite Dancer and why?

There are way too many and I can’t choose just one.  But vaibhavi merchant is my favourite choreographer.

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

There are not too many to be honest. There is a lot of struggle and lot of competition. And as a profession, it is difficult to make a lot of money. But if you are at it, working hard constantly you can be a good teacher, choreographer, fitness instructor etc.

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

Training is important but not imperative. There are so many people who are gifted. They have a natural talent. For example, i can remember a step by seeing it once and i could do that even at the age of 6. 

There are many forms that i never took formal training in but have taught myself.

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

The only advice i can give is to keep working hard and to have faith. It will be tough world and a tough industry so you have to be strong and have the ability to fight all odds yet practice regularly.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I am not really an avid reader.

- Vaishali Arora

 Interview By - Rupali Rawat

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