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Raghav Juyal,Picture by Anindya Shankar Ray

The newest GenY dance star is all for taking things slow. And why not, he’s been hailed as the King of Slow Motion — the dance form that’s really caught the fancy of youngsters across India! Meet 21-year-old Raghav Juyal, better known as Crockroaz, who made Slow Motion dance a hit on Dance India Dance Season 3. t2 caught up with the cute guy on his recent trip to Calcutta.

Why do you call yourself Crockroaz?

I am inspired by nature. Crockroaz is a mix of crocodile and cockroach. Crocodiles are powerful and cockroaches are creepy. My dance form combines both. It’s a bit creepy and a bit powerful.

How did you come up with this dance form?

Actually, I have been doing slow motion dance since I was in the sixth standard. I am from Dehradun. Everything is slow over there. There’s a streetlight near my house and one winter evening, I danced a few slow steps under it and people simply loved that. So I started practising it. I was also very slow when it came to studies. I made my weakness a strength and now Slow Motion is a succcess.

Who, apart from Rajasmita Kar (winner of DID Season III), do you think was a strong contender?

I really liked Pradeep, he was very versatile.

Did Paul Marshal and Neerav Bavlecha (who had been trainers under Terence Lewis before) have an edge over the others?

No, everyone has a different quality. Working under someone doesn’t make you bhayankar. I love Paul’s style because it is very different. He catches the beat and lyrics, and dances. We work a lot together.

Slow Motion has now become a rage in India with almost every dancer trying it. How do you still manage to innovate while performing?

I just play with the lyrics and beat. I try and describe words in different ways and that is how it is.

Girls swoon over you! Are you dating anyone?

No. Kya karun, saara time kaam karna parta hai. Jise date karunga woh bhaag jayegi (I spend all my time working. Whoever I date will run away).

So what do you want ‘your girl’ to be like?

(Turns pink) My kind of girl... umm… I have never thought about it. I don’t know. I’d prefer a love marriage!

Fast take

A dance form apart from Slow Motion that you like? Contemporary.

A dance form you feel isn’t your cup of tea? Sunny Deol-style.

Favourite DID judge? All but obviously I was with Terence sir, so…

A DID guest you enjoyed performing the most for? Bipasha (Basu). We are still in touch and she keeps talking about the way I gifted her a rose.

Closest friend on the show? Sahil Aneja, followed by Paul Marshal.

Three words for Mithunda? Kya baat, kya baat, kya baat!

An actress you dream of dancing with? Kareena Kapoor.

Things to remember while performing Slow Motion: First of all, Slow Motion can be done only when you think that everything is slow around you. Second, muscle power is important and you should have control over your body.

 

Swan Lake Revisited — city-based Ronnie Shambik Ghose and Mitul Sengupta’s collaboration with French choreographer Gianin Loringett — is all set to embark on a tour of Denmark, Belarus and Sweden this month. This compelling retelling of Tchaikovsky’s 1875 classic piece was presented by ICCR in association with t2 earlier in February.

“The tour took shape after word spread about our successful shows in Calcutta and Delhi,” said Ronnie.

The dancers will take the stage at Royal Danish Playhouse in Denmark, a 264-year-old venue for ballet and opera, on October 21 and 22 as part of India Today — Copenhagen Tomorrow, a cultural exchange in Indian arts, politics, science and business.

Next, the troupe will travel to Minsk for three shows at the Belarusian Musical Autumn as part of their 38th International Festival of Arts. The trip ends with a stand-alone show at Stockholm’s famed Nybrokajen Theater.

The husband-wife duo of Ronnie and Mitul will be travelling with a 10-member cast including dancers from their Rhythmosaic Dance Company, Loringett and his son Yorma. This modern-day retelling of Swan Lake involves jazz, flamenco, tap and kathak.

“We have stretched it from 50 minutes to an hour to include more Tchaikovsky music pieces so that the international audience relate to it better,” added Ronnie.