January 10, 2022
Svetana Kanwar, founder of “The Bom Squad” which is an all girls dance group. These girls have participated in may competitions and have won as well. The red-haired girl is very famous for moves which she fusions with the Bollywood music, which also makes her go viral on the internet. Have a look at the questions she answered on an interview with the Paradox about herself, her journey, her struggles and many more.
Svetana Kanwar: Honestly, I started dancing to 14 to 15 years back. At that time period, choosing dance as a profession was very difficult and the mindset of the people denied accepting dancing as a career. But the time have changed now, people accept it as a full time job to be a dancer. Still mant parents thinks that you are not a dancer until you win a reality show or even take part in it. It’s the mindset which needs to be changed, other than that there are a lot more opportunity for the young generation to take it as a career.
Svetana Kanwar: The answer to this question changes according to the phase of life I am in. Also my age plays an important role In describing it. If you would have asked me this question 10 years or 5 years back then my answer would be different each time. There was a time when dance used to be my entire life but now it is an very important part of my life. It helps me express myself, makes me confident, make me realise reality, basically it is a stabilizer in my life.
Svetana Kanwar :Also it depends on time, if I talk about myself I had times when I could hardly breathe and there were also the times when I had much and much time to breathe, and this is what life is. Being a self-employed dancer is not a stable job but it gives you joy, satisfaction and mental peace. You can be choreographer, teacher, dance artist for movies, content creators and many more. You have got many platforms which can help you to be a professional dancer.
Svetana Kanwar: It has made a huge difference for me. First lockdown was very productive for me, because of online classes I have learned so many new things. But the second lockdown was not that great as many things were going on and there was shortage of money. All my plans, which I would be accomplishing 6 years down, l want to do it now. My goals have been shifted. Covid has been a teacher for everyone and has taught something to everyone in a good or a bad way.
Svetana: We did a performance called #metoo, I get goosebumps even thinking about it. I remember, we wrote every incident of our life and not only the small ones but also the big ones. It was about 26 minutes long and when we presented it, we made it around 2,5 minutes. It was very memorable for us as we were able to express what we were feeling and the response we got was overwhelming. So this was something very different that remains close to my heart.
Svetana: I haven’t ever imagined my dancing career as it is now. When I was younger I never imagined that this many people would know me, I would be this big name in the dancing industry. But yes it feels great. When I started I had thoughts to achieve even more which I am not able to achieve till date. But it feels good to know that your work is appreciated and ypu are known among your rivals. Whenever someone says me that I wont be able to do it, I always did it. This is the which keeps me driving towards the success.
Svetana: The mood which keeps me dancing, and also the reason why I love Jazz so much is sensuality. It is the thing which is easy to adopt for me. I can quickly learn it and is very easy for me to express myself in that. I think pain is a mood which come to me easily as well.
Svetana: I think contemporary is the form which I love practicing, although I am not in that good shape in which in can practice Contemporary or even Jazz, because I have not been traning myself much. Other that this I enjoy dancing in the Bollywood style a lot.
Svetana: I was a non-dancer which is the most struggling part in my initial days. I was very weak on rhythm and body movement. I left my marketing management course to be a dancer but I was very bad it. My teacher used to make me stand in the corner of the last row, that’s how bad dancer I was. I am not a fast learner but I can work really hard to learn something and that is the reason why I call myself as a good teacher.
What I think is I have built resilience because of my struggles. I have also struggled because of my weight, there is a great difference from now in my body weight. I always use to hear I cannot dance as I was fat but that was the mentality at that time. It was a struggler had a phase of lot of learning as well as I wanted to build a name of myself in the outside world. It has been a good journey and still is. I am still learning and will continue doing.
Svetana: Its always hard to praise yourself but still the qualities would be…
Svetana: Yes, there are a couple of projects coming, I cannot talk much about them. But yes there are a few collaborations as well. December and January are more personal then professional as I am travelling. I will start teacing from January and I am very excited for that.
Svetana: There are lot of people who are my role models. It changes according to situation as there are so many brilliant people out there with so many qualities. But the people who I constantly look upto would be Galen Hooks, Brian Friedman and Jojo Gomez. For leadership qualities I look upto M.S Dhoni, and Suresh from Kings United has also built a great team as a leader.
Svetana: After 5 years, I don’t see myself in the city like Mumbai, I see myself in Banglore or Goa or Dehradun or Dubai or Doha. I basically see myself in a nice big home, starting my own academy or classes. Because I don’t see Mumbai as a learning culture any more and so there is less Teaching culture as well. I want to get back to teaching and that’s where I see myself in the next 5 years.
Svetana: I think it is my struggle itself. All the failures were at the struggle phase only like I was a camera shy, I couldn’t dance infront of the camera. I don’t believe in failure bit instead I take it as learning.
Svetana: I fesr of losing my fame which I have earned in these many years with my hardwork. I fear that 2 or 3 years later no one would recognize who Svetana Kanwar is. I think this is the biggest fear.
Svetana: I would say that don’t let your fall or failure stop you from what you are trying to achieve. It takes time, hardwork and a certain amount of luck to reach at the top of any field you want to achieve. The whole thing is about not giving up, you are allowed to take a break but not to quit.
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