1. Meet the mentors of Dance India Dance: Battel of the Champions
Zee TV’s iconic dance reality show Dance India Dance is all set to return to your television screens with an all-new season. Dance India Dance: Battle of the Champions premieres on 22 June 2019, with Kareena Kapoor Khan, Bosco Martis and Raftaar as its judges.
The contestants shall be divided into four zones: South ke Thalaivas, North ke Nawabs, East ke Tigers and West ke Singhams. These teams shall be mentored by renowned choreographers Sneha Kapoor, Bhawna Khanduja, Palden Lama and Paul Marshal respectively. Here’s all you need to know about them.
2. Bhawna Khanduja shall mentor North ke Nawabs
Bhawna Khanduja is a well-known name in the dance industry of India. Born and brought up in New Delhi, Bhawna moved to Mumbai to chase her dream of dancing. She is very well trained in various forms of dance like Chhau, Contemporary, and even Ballet. She was a contestant on Dance India Dance in 2013 and even went on to feature in Remo D’souza’s film Anybody Can Dance (ABCD).
Bhawna has choreographed and taken part in several reality shows, alongside celebrity contestants like Arjun Bijlani and Vivian Dsena. In her own words, Bhawna once said dance is her life – “A day I don’t dance is a day I don’t live!”
2. Sneha Kapoor to mentor South ke Thalaivas zone
Popularly known as ‘The Indian Salsa Princess’ or ‘Salsa Sneha,’ Sneha Kapoor is widely credited to have contributed in putting the Indian Salsa scene on the world map. She is the first Indian to India and wins at many International Salsa Championships. Originally an athlete, it was during a sports injury that Sneha met Richard Tholoor.
However, after she had found her calling in dance, she met with a road accident that broke her leg in two parts. She battled depression after the mishap and came out as a winner! A rod in her leg has never stopped Sneha from conquering the world.
She broke a Guinness World Record for “Most Number of Swing Dance Flips in a Minute”. The record of 33 flips in a minute was set in the UK, but Sneha and her team of three dancers renewed it at 39 flips.
4. Paldem Lama to mentor East ke Tigers
Born on 3rd February 1989 in New Delhi, India Palden Lama originally hails from Shillong. He initially studied and worked to be a Commercial Pilot. However, it was his a show India’s Dancing Superstar that marked his innings as a dancer. He ended up as the third runner up with partner Khyati Thapliyal.
Thereafter, Palden has choreographed several reality shows including Nach Baliye, Jhalak Dikhlaja, Dare 2 Dance, Dance India Dance Season 4 & 5, DID Li’l Master Season 3. He has also assisted and choreographed movie songs, Baby Doll and Pink Lips starring Sunny Leone to name a few.
5. West ke Singhams find their mentor in Paul Marshal
Paul Marshal was a participant in Dance India Dance season 3 and remains one of the show’s best finds. He currently works as an assistant choreographer in Bollywood and besides dancing, loves to paint as well. Paul is a self-taught dancer and specializes in lyrical hip-hop. He idolizes Prabhudeva and DID contestant Dharmesh Sir.
Paul had won a dance reality show KRAZZY KIYA RE season 2 and also participated in India’s Got Talent 2. He was a mentor in Dance India Dance Lil Master 3 along with Rahul Shetty.
Block the date: Dance India Dance 7 goes on air on 22 June 2019, every Saturday-Sunday at 8 pm.
In the meantime, catch Dheeraj Dhoopar as Karan Luthra in Kundali Bhagya, all episodes streaming on ZEE5!