Every New Day Is an Opportunity for a Dancer to Learn and to Explore - Nehal Walia



1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I belong to a Punjabi family born and brought up in Delhi, currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in journalism with a passion of dance. Since the young age my heart belong to dance. At the age of 7 my family took me to a classical dance school and Kathak was my first dance form to learn, after 4 years of expertise in Kathak my vision got clear about the other forms as well.
 
I started learning other forms from wherever I could as it made me happy. All these years made me confident and I stepped out for my first auditions in Dance India Dance which I eventually failed but it was a good experience and my parents were my strength to support me in each phase. As, it is said that there is always a room for improvement.


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

I will give this credit of me pursuing dancing to my family as they were the ones who took me to my first step towards dancing. As the time flew I knew that this was not only my interest, but passion however I was not clear about the path which I had to choose, but it didn’t matter because I just did what my heart said.

After doing theatre, workshops with NSD (National School of Drama), learning dance and giving performance, I wanted to move for large audiences and not limited ones. And in this digital world, there is no other platform better than social media to showcase your talent to millions out there. 

This lock-down period was an opportunity for me and I started with my dancing page @that.dancinggirl just to spread some positivity and happiness and hoping my dance could bring a smile on someone’s face.


3. Who is your favorite dancer and why?

Talking about favorite dancer, I won’t be able to choose one because every dancer has their own style and from my childhood I have looked up to all of them without having a clue of how famous they were or not, there is something special about each one of them for me to look at. 

Every dancer or even a YouTube video has inspired me in some way or other which has enhanced my skills. It’s such a difficult task to chose one of them.


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

I think there can be numerous opportunities for a dancer, its just about how determined and dedicated you are to move ahead in your field no matter whatever it is. Every new day is an opportunity for a dancer to learn and to explore.

The best example we can see is in the lock-down period, the dancers are taking online classes, providing tutorials and engaging audience, so according to me, a dancer can never go out of opportunities. Its just on you that how you grab it.


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

I always believe in talent, there are many self-trained dancers out there who haven’t taken any formal training and still doing their best. It’s just their will power and dedication to achieve their goals. 

On the other side, there is no harm in taking formal training if you have it, it will only enhance your skills but yes it isn’t mandatory as one can stand out purely on the basis of their talent. Every person is unique in their own way, you just have to find out your uniqueness.


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

I will just say that follow your dreams, your passion and do whatever makes you happy. Don’t let people come in between your goals and there will be up and downs in achieving anything but they are a part of life. 

There are many people out there who will stop you no matter how hard you try or how good you are but there are also those people you will support you and encourage you to step ahead so do it for them, but firstly do it for yourself.


7. Which is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is 'Building a character' by Constantin Sttanislavski because it deals with the physical realization of a character, their expressions, movement, speech and make you confident and bold as a person.



- Nehal Walia
Instagram @that.dancinggirl

- Interview by - Chamanth Krishna

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