“Dance is my passion” – Choreographer Usama Godhrawala


25 year old Usama Godhrawala is a powerhouse of talent. The young lad, who began his love affair with dancing at the age of 10, has now worked with big names such as Firoz A Khan, Alisha Singh, Chotu Lohar and Longi Fernandez. Catch a glimpse of his life below:

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Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into dancing?

I was born in Goa and later migrated to Mumbai where I fell in love with dance. Dancing was never easy but it was my passion. I started dancing at the age of 10 and it just grew on me. I was not until a few years ago that I got my first break as a choreographer at Nach Baliye 5 where I choreographed Deepshika Nagpal and Kaishav.

What forms of dance do you enjoy the most?

Well any form it is if we do it with discipline and feel the music so any form you will enjoy it. As for myself, I prefer Bollywood.

Do you have a specific dancing style?

It would have to be Bollywood.

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You’ve worked with Boogie Woogie during the kid’s championship. How different is it working with children?

Kids have always been a great experience they were amazing and full of energy and always fun loving and I was shocked and amazed to see such talented kids.

What is the most memorable experience you have had as a choreographer?

The most memorable moment well being a fresher choreographer every moment working with senior and experienced choreographers such as Firoz A Khan, Alisha Singh, Chotu Lohar and Longi Fernandez. All those moments have been wonderful. The most recent one would be having the chance to work with Lauren Gottlieb.

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You were part of the recent promotional flashmob for Welcome to Karachi. What was that experience like? How was it working with Lauren?

Who doesn’t want to work with Lauren Gottlieb? She is an amazing actor and dancer very fun loving. I’d like to thank Firoz A Khan for making me a part of the flash mob experience.

With shows like DID, Nach Baliye, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, choreographer have taken the front seat in the entertainment business. What is your take on that?

Reality shows have given a huge break to new choreographers to show their talent in India and also a great opportunity to learn from other choreographers too.

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If given a chance to go international, what countries would you enjoy performing in the most?

Of course I’d love going a lot of places. I’d love to travel especially to USA, UK and Dubai.

Have you ever judged any dance competitions or done any dance workshop?

I have taken workshops in Jammu, Delhi, Jodhpur, Kota and Mumbai. As for judging, I have judged a number of college feats including ones at Bhavan’s College, Wilson College and Vidhyalankar. The Jammu and Delhi workshops have awarded me with the title of Best Choreographer.

What advice would you give to aspiring choreographers?

Just follow your dreams work hard and always be upfront to learn new things.