I dedicate time to train passionate dancers: Ram Rokade

In an exclusive interview with Good Newwws, Ram Rokade shared how dance became part and parcel of his life.

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Dance is considered 'performing art' as it allows a human being to express his inner feelings, thoughts and experiences. It is a natural form of self-expression which is practised across the world. We often see numerous artists sharing their talent on social media or participating in reality shows. Ram Rokade is one of the artists who started his dance journey during his early childhood days and is still living his dream.

In an exclusive interview with Good Newwws, Ram Rokade shared how dance became part and parcel of his life.

Talking about the dance journey, the choreographer said, "I commenced dancing at the age of 12 after getting inspired by the TV reality show 'Boogie Woogie' and Prabhudeva's song 'Muqabla.' My friend Somesh, who was a dancer, helped me with dancing lessons. We used to perform on different occasions and festivals where people praised our performance. At the age of 16, I came to Mumbai and completed my diploma in dance. Then I assisted three years under Paresh Shirodkar, who has choreographed in films like 'ABCD,' 'Munna Michael.' Later, I came back to Pune and established my academy named 'Flicking Feet Dance Academy' at the age of 20. In my dancing career, I have choreographed in 'Charanti' Kannada film and 'Lagir Jhaliya,' Marathi film and also in albums like Instagram Wala Love, Sun Sun Hari Bhari."  

Sharing about the idea behind starting the academy, Ram averred, "My main goal behind starting an academy was to give other aspirant and underground dancers a platform. As dance is my love and passion, I was looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with others. So I started dedicating my time to teach dance to impassioned dancers. My students have then performed in many reality shows like Dance India Dance, Dance Deewane, etc."

During school time, Ram was always fond of joining the Army. However, he got influenced by dance, and everything changed for him.

"My forte is hip-hop, and looking at the current trend, I practise urban hip hop. As the dance trend kept changing with time, I adopted it. I know different styles of dance like Bollywood, Western, Bboying, etc. I get inspired by seeing international artists, and then I work on my form accordingly to bring something new for my audience and students," he added.

Lastly, sharing about the dance academy, the artist added, "We started our first branch with more than 150 students. Soon, the academy started to grow and we opened five branches in Pune, where 800 students are learning different forms of dance styles like Bharatnatyam, Western Dance, Hip-Hop, and much more".