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Five Minutes with… Rohan D’Silva of Shiamak Vancouver

Our Discover Dance! series opens on September 19 with Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz. We caught up with Rohan D’Silva,  Principal Performer and Master Instructor with Shiamak Vancouver for a quick Q&A about his life in dance.

How did you get involved with dance?

Some things are destined, I think I was born to dance. My involvement with dance started when I was very young and to make the long story short, it was via my cousin Glen D’Mello who is now the CEO of our company that I heard of Shiamak Davar, and he saw the potential in me two decades ago. With learning the art and then doing shows and teaching class, dance has now become my life.

What do you like most about Bollywood dance?

Freedom! It’s an expression of different moods and forms of dance. What I like most is that it is upbeat, full of energy and has great scope to express emotions.

What is your proudest moment to date?

God has been kind, and under the wings of Shiamak Davar International, I have performed globally and also with numerous Bollywood stars, but the proudest moment for me is each time I see a student of mine who gives their best on stage, and the smile on their parents’ faces. I know this sounds clichéd, but from my personal experience, when I see my own son perform it really enthralls me.

If you didn’t have a career in dance, what might you be doing?

Music – music and dance go hand in hand. Even now, most of the music for our productions and classes is made by me. When I sit down to make music or remixes, I am most happy.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

That I am extremely fond of cooking and I get good praises from my loved ones!

What is your next project?

We have a show on December 13 called “Spirit of Bollywood” at the Bell Performing Arts Centre and we are very excited to kick off The Dance Centre’s new season on September 19 with our noon hour Discover Dance! performance.


The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! series

Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz
Thursday September 19, 2019 | noon
Scotiabank Dance Centre


Photos: Pavan Subramani (left), courtesy of the company