I come from a Marwari family where the accent was more on people becoming Chartered Accountants, doctors and engineers, I am 24 years old and I hold master’s degree in Marketing and currently I am pursuing law.
I am a black belt from world taekwondo federation, so don’t let that pretty face fool you.
As a kid I used to love dancing so my mother was keen that I should be trained in some dance form so first she sent me to school and then dance school where I used to learn Bharatnatyam, after coming home I used to repeat the dance steps, I was only five years old and my mom was amazed, she said this girl is going to be a dancer.
I started my career as a dance instructor in 2008 and later started my dance institute in year 2013.
Bharatnatym is a traditional form of dance; it requires precision expression and engagement of every muscle.
A senior who had this very popular hip hop group asked me to join the crew, where I was introduced to completely different dance vocabulary.
Hip hop is not just a dance form, it’s a way of life, it was challenging though.
The movements are muscular and require immense physical power.
I am very passionate and driven and when I am interested in something, I don’t stop until I get it.
I started as a classical dancer apart from that I would go for western dance competitions in schools and colleges.
I also started teaching dance for children with special needs; I feel it’s important, I just want to give them opportunity to let them shine, people should see their faces, see them dance and see the possibilities not their disability.
My mom-she is a tiger mom so growing up she used to always make me do stuff until it was perfect, I think that’s where I get my drive from, making sure everything is perfect and going on every detail because my mom was really hard on me as a kid with my dance or studies or taekwondo classes.
People know me as an artist, ok, great but ther’s more to me than just dance, I have also been a theatre artist and have been associated with Prithvi Theatre, Ravindra Natya Mandir, I have acted in few episodes of Dil Dosti Dance on channel V.
I started participating for pageants in college and have won many titles as I believe do not follow where the path may lead instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.
No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid; the only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting something. If you take responsibility of yourself, you will develop hunger to accomplish your dreams.
‘Pageants have given me confidence to embrace who I am, and I am proud of my unique qualities.’
There’s no feeling like stepping on stage in gown of your dreams knowing that everyone is watching you shine, that moment in itself is empowering.
I have won many Pageants like Miss Mumbai Maheshwari, two titles at Miss Mumbai 2016, Miss Navbharat times queen 2019, Miss India diva stylebee Mumbai, Miss India diva stylebee Westzone2019, so I have seen ins and outs of pageants experienced the glamourous and truly benefitted from all the opportunities these pageants provide, pageants gave me a platform, which helped me to get where I am today.
I have taken home some valuable lessons….
First sportsmanship – I think we all agree at the end of the day only one girl takes home the crown, you are not always going to win so it’s good to have the experience where someone else is blessed with victory.
Every girl is equally great, it’s more fun when you get over yourself and be nice to person next to you and encourage them in the race, one person’s strength or success doesn’t take away your success and won’t change plan of your life, there’s only one you, so focus on becoming the best version of you possible.
One such incident happened with me in recent pageant in the second round my heels got broke before the ramp walk, however my fellow co-contestant chose to break out the routine and help me, as a woman we should support encourage and uplift each other, these amazing friendships are not just during pageants but lifelong.
I want my brand to be more than dance, it umbrellas so many different avenues that I am interested in, and that’s what so cool about dance and why it’s such a blessing, I have been interested in many things and dance has opened the doors to allow me to do them, and I think school, girls college girls relate to me, identify with me, I just make them feel like they can do it too..
So I am making myself happy and inspiring other women and make them feel they can do it too.
(Written by Raavya Sarda)