Interview of Arun Srinivasan by Mumbai Salsa on 14th May 2015. Listen to the one hour audio podcast and know more about Arun as a person and a salsa dancer! 

Arun Srinivasan

 

Founder & Director, SALSA MADRAS

Organisor, Latin Festival Madras

ABOUT

With teaching experience of almost 10 years, Arun Srinivasan has attended about 58 festivals in over 12 countries in 3 continents, dancing, teaching, competing and performing in Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba. He has organised 8 festivals since 2010 (Chennai Salsa Festival, Latin Festival Madras), one of the first instructors for Bachata in India at International festivals, pioneer of Kizomba in India. He has also taught various bootcamps in over 7 countries in Asia & Europe. He has hosted over 500 socials in Chennai at various leading clubs and venues over 10 years.  2 times All India Salsa solo champion (2013, 2014), semi finalist, Salsa solo at the World Salsa Summit, Miami (2014), #6 at the HK world championship 2014, he in one of the best representing India in Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba alike. He is also the first to represent India at the professional Salsa solo category at the World Salsa Summit. 

A science graduate from University of Edinburgh, turned into a salsa professional, Arun Started SALSA in September 2007 as a social dancer and now is one of the Internationally recognized Afro and Latin dancer, Instructor, trainer, choreographer and Promoter from India. He started teaching SALSA, more than 9 years back as a part time instructor and later headed the Lourd Vijay's Dance studio, Chennai till Feb 2014 and then started his own SALSA MADRAS from 1st March 2014. 

EXPERIENCE: He has attended over 58 salsa festivals/congresses across India and World in the last 10 years and has been teaching/performing/competing/Dancing in other cities namely, Pondicherry, Goa, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Andaman, Kochi, etc and other countries viz. USA, Scotland, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Croatia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hungary, Austria, UAE, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Slovenia, etc. 

PERFORMER/ARTIST: As a performer, be it solo or partner work, he has been a great entertainer, esp. known for his musicality, crazy footwork, body movements and clarity in technique. He has performed in various events and festival in more than 8 countries in Asia, Europe and US. He has competed in World Salsa Summit 2014, Miami (first to represent at the summit from India in the salsa solo division from India) and Hong Kong World Salsa Championships 2012 (couple division with Minoti Ramachandra) & 2014 (#6 in salsa solo division). By Winning All India and Asia championships in 2013, and 2014 respectively, he is not only one of the leading solo performers from Asia but also an inspiration for upcoming dancers to take up salsa solo seriously! He is also known for his couple performances with various artists across the world in salsa shines, Salsa couple, Bachata and kizomba. 

Playlist for Performances - Click here

TEACHER/INSTRUCTOR: Teaching as one of his biggest passion, he teaches Salsa on 1, bachata, kizomba, rueda, afro, rumba, kuduro, partner work and shines and much more, with fun and no compromise on the technique. Many of his students are already teaching and performing and competing and are well known for their social dancing skills across the world. He has been teaching for more than 9 years now and has made 1000s of wonderful dancers every year making Chennai one of the most sort after destinations for social dancing in India. He has been teaching in over 7 countries through festivals, and boot camps and has one of the biggest student following. 

Playlist for Workshops - Click here

SOCIAL DANCING: Arun is one of the artists who is equally good and internationally acclaimed for SALSA, BACHATA, KIZOMBA or any of the Afro Latin dancers, thereby making him one for favorite on the dance floor who stays on the socials from start till end dancing away all the songs. As a dancer, the biggest happiness lies in the partner's smile at the end of each song! He could call it first love, when it comes to dancing. Social dancing is something that has kept him hooked to these styles over a decade! He has won Jack and Jill competition in 2014 & 2015 in Manila. 

Playlist of Social Dancing - Click here

PIONEER - KIZOMBA: He is also one of the pioneering Kizomba Instructors in India and one of the leading promoters of Kizomba in Asia. He has already made Chennai the Kizomba Capital of India! He is also now teaching and promoting Kizomba in other cities and other countries through festivals and exclusive workshops. He is also known for pioneering Kizomba in many Indian cities viz. Chennai, Pondicherry, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Kochi and also have been teaching at other cities, viz., Mumbai, Delhi and other countries viz. (Colombo) Sri Lanka, (Bangkok) Thailand, (Ho Chi Minh city) Vietnam. He has also Choreographed and performed in India's first Kizomba Performance. He also hosts the popular Asia Kizomba championships at the Latin Festival Madras, annually to identity new Kizomba talents in Asia. Dancers who have started learning Kizomba with him, have already started to teach and represent their respective local communities. His knowledge of Kizomba extends into understanding of music, partner connection, musicality, music interpretation, fun combos, and more. 

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ORGANISOR: Arun is quite experienced at organizing various events, small or big. He has been hosting weekly socials in Chennai for over 8 years at various leading clubs in the city including Pasha, Star Rock, High on Caffeine,  He has hosted various special events, pool parties, bootcamps with national and international artists and has hosted over 8 festivals, among with the Chennai Salsa Festival (LVDS) and Latin Festival Madras (Salsa Madras) are the popular ones! 

CHRONOLOGY

2008

  • Directed and performed the dance show by Twisters UK at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, showcasing different dances from all around the world

 

2009

  • January - Attended the 1st Scottish Salsa Congress, Edinburgh

  • August - Attended the 4th India International Salsa congress, Bangalore hosted by LVDS

 

2010

  • May - Organised and performed at the Spirit of Dance Festival, Chennai hosted by LVDS Chennai

  • August - Taught at the 5th India International Salsa congress, Bangalore hosted by LVDS

  • December - Organised performed at 3rd Chennai Salsa Festival, Chennai hosted by LVDS Chennai

 

2011

  • March - Taught at Goa Salsa Festival, Goa hosted by LVDS

  • August - competed, taught and performed at the 6th India International Salsa congress, Bangalore hosted by LVDS

  • October - Salsa bootcamp, Port Blair, Andaman

  • December - Organised, performed and taught at 4th Chennai Salsa Festival, Chennai hosted by LVDS

 

2012

  • Feb - competed in the pro salsa couple division with Minoti Ramachandra at the Hong Kong Salsa Festival/ 1st World Salsa Championship 

  • March - competed and taught at Goa Salsa Festival, Goa, hosted by LVDS

  • April - Attended India Fiesta Latina, Delhi

  • June - Taught and performed at the International Dance Festival Pune, organised by Naach 

  • July - Attended India International Dance Congress, Bangalore, hosted by LRDA

  • August - Taught, competed, performed at 7th India International Salsa Congress, Bangalore, hosted by LVDS

  • September - Performed at the Singapore International Salsa congress 

 

2013

  • Jan - Kolkata International Salsa Congress hosted by viva la Salsa, Kolkata

  • March - Taught at Goa Salsa Festival, Goa hosted by LVDS

  • April - Performed at India Fiesta Latina, Delhi 

  • May - Organised Spirit of Dance Festival hosted by LVDS Chennai

  • July - Competed, Taught at India International Dance Congress, Bangalore hosted by LRDA

  • August - Kizomba Bootcamp in Pondicherry, with Katia Verreault hosted by Kash Dolma

  • November - Taught and performed at Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival, Manila 

  • December - Organised, Performed, competed and taught at 5th Chennai Salsa Festival hosted by LVDS, Chennai

2014

  • Feb - competed at the Global salsa championship at the 2nd World Salsa Summit, Miami

  • Feb - competed, taught at the Hong kong salsa festival

  • April - Attended the India Fiesta Latina

  • April - Taught and performed at the Salsa pattaya tropicana vacation

  • April - Bachata workshop at Bangkok

  • June - organised and taught at the 1st Kizomba Pool party

  • June 28- Performed at Holiday Inn, Pattaya, organised by DJ Henry Knowles

  • June 29- Performed and held workshop organised by Salsa concept, Bangkok

  • June 30- held workshop in Bangkok organised by Island Touch

  • July - Taught and competed at the India International dance congress organised by John Anthony

  • July - Organised and taught at the 2nd Kizomba Pool party

  • August - Taught and performed at the 1st Hyderabad internaitonal dance congress organised by RSUDC and Rocky Poonawala, hyderabad

  • October - organised, and performed at the 1st Latin Festival Madras

  • November - Performed, taught and competed at the Manila Boracay Latin Dance festival organised by Ana palma

  • December - Organised and Taught at the 3rd Kizomba Pool party

 

2015

  • Kizomba bootcamp at RSUDC, Hyderabad, Jan 26

  • Taught and performed at the Singapore International Latin Festival organised by En motion dance company, Jan 21 - Feb 1

  • Salsa open level workshop organised at Kochi, by Mamangam, Feb 14

  • Organised, taught at the SALSA MADRAS Kizomba Pool party, 4th edition, March 14

  • Organised the 1st Anniversary Party of SALSA MADRAS in Chennai, March 16th

  • Taught Kizomba and the Men's shines team performed at the 4th India Fiesta Latina, Delhi, INDIA, 10- 12 April 

  • Performed at the 4th SALSA PATTAYA Tropicana Vacation, Pattaya, Thailand, 17-19 April

  • Bachata Workshop at BOM, hosted by Bangkok Touch at Beervault, Sukhumvit, Soi 15, Bangkok, 20th April

  • Bachata Workshop at La Rueda, invited by Sugar Cane, Sukhumvit 18, Bangkok, 21st April

  • Kizomba workshop at La Casita, Pondicherry, 1st May

  • 5th Kizomba Pool Party, 4 PM til 9 PM, Taj Gateway, OMR, Chennai, INDIA, 30th May

  • Taught and Performed at the 1st Vietnam International Latin Fiesta, Ho Chi Minh City, 20-21 June

  • Bachata open level workshop at La Rueda, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, 23rd June

  • Bachata Beginner Level 2 hour workshop, at La Rueda, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, 24th June

  • Kizomba Level 1 bootcamp at Dance Central, Mumbai, 25 & 26 July 

  • 23 Aug: Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba performance at the 1st Anniversary Celebrations of Mamangam, Kochi, with Team Salsa Madras

  • 29 & 30 Aug: Kizomba level 1 refresher course with Katia Verreault, Chennai

  • 31 Aug: Kizomba Workshop with Katia Verreault, La Casita, Pondicherry

  • 4 -6 September: Kizomba intensive bootcamp and salsa solo performance, Resort Rio, Goa, at the 1st Goa International Dance Congress, organised by RSchool. 

  • 10 September: Free Kizomba Workshop at the Latin Fusion nights at Indigo Bar, Koramangala, organised by DJ Vin

  • 2 - 4 October : Organizor of the 2nd Latin Festival Madras , Chennai

  • 7 November : Kizomba Intermeidate workshop, Salsa Bangkok Fiesta, at Windsor Suites, Bangkok, Thailand

  • 7 & 8 November : 2 Shows of Salsa Solo , Salsa Bangkok Fiesta, at Windsor Suites Bangkok, Thailand

  • 13-15 November: 8 hours Kontagious Kizomba Bootcamp, La Danza, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Orgniased by Salsateka UK in Vietnam 

  • 15 November : Bachata Performance with Marta Bartosz, Poland, at Dancing with Stars event organised by Xsalsa, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • 16 November:  Bacahta workshop for beginners, Cuba - La Casa de la Salsa, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • 21 November: Pachanga open level workshop, Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival at Paradise Garden resort, Boracay, Philippines

  • 22 November : Salsa Solo Performance, Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival at Paradise Garden Resort, Boracay, Philippines

  • 29 November : Bachata Beginner & Intermeidate workshops, Dance Blaze Studio, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • 12-13 December : Salsa & Bachata Bootcamps, Mamangam KOCHI, India

  • 19 December: Kizomba Beginners Bootcamp, CHENNAI, India

  • 28 December : Salsa Workshop, Schoenfeld, AUSTRIA

 

2016

  • 6 January: 7 -8 PM: Bachata Improver, 8 -9 PM: Bachata Advanced, Tanzschule Conny & Dado, Graz, AUSTRIA

  • 7 January: Salsa open level workshop, Thalia Latina, Graz, AUSTRIA 

  • 26 January: Afro & Latin Workshops (salsa, bachata, Kizomba) La Casita, PONDICHERRY

  • 7 February: Improvers Kizomba boot camp, CHENNAI

  • 11 February: Intro to Kizomba, Kalalaya, Colombo, SRI LANKA

  • 12 February: Bachata Level 1 bootcamp, Amrillo Studio, Colombo, SRI LANKA

  • 13 February: Salsa Level 1 & 2 , Amrillo Studio, Colombo, SRI LANKA

  • 14 February: Kizomba Level 1 & 2, Amrillo Studio, Colombo, SRI LANKA

  • 15 February: Bacahta Level 2, Amrillo Studio, Colombo, SRI LANKA

  • 18 February: Kizomba Refresher, Amrillo Studio, Colombo, SRI LANKA

  • 18 February: Kizomba Beginners, Kalalaya, Colombo, SRI LANKA

  • 27 -28 February: organisor of SALSA MADRAS 2nd year anniversary celebrations

  • 18 March: Kizomba workshop, Pattaya, THAILAND

  • 19 March: Kizomba Bootcamp organised by Bangkok Touch, Bangkok, THAILAND

  • 20 March: Pachanga Workshop by Salsa Concept, Bangkok, THAILAND

  • 21 March: Bachata Workshop at BOM, AmBar, Four Point Sheraton, Bangkok THAILAND

  • 24 March: Kizomba Open Level Workshop by SalsatekaUK in Vietnam, Cuba Casa Del Mojito, Ho Chi Minh city, VIETNAM

  • 25 March: Salsa Bootcamp by SalsatekaUK in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

  • 26 March: Bachata & Kizomba-I Bootcamp by SalsatekaUK in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

  • 27 March: Kizomba-II Boot-camp by SalsatekaUK in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

  • 28 March: Merengue Open Level workshop, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

  • 31 March: Bachata Open Level Workshop, Ho Chi Minh, VIETNAM 

  • 1 April: Judge, Jack & Jill Competition, Launch Party of Afro Latin Night, Hugos by Modesto, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

  • 8 April: Salsa Madras Men's Shines performance at BAILAMOS 2016, Mumbai, INDIA

  • 7 & 8 May: Kizomba Intensive, with Natalie Tatarinova, Russia and me, Chennai, INDIA

  • 20 & 21 May: Bachata Workshops, SALSA SPLASH GRAZ Festival, AUSTRIA

  • 20 May: Salsa Solo Performance, SALSA SPLASH GRAZ Festival, AUSTRIA

  • 2 June: Salsa Open Level Workshop, Die Thalia, Graz, AUSTRIA

  • 11 June: Salsa solo Performance, All in One Charity Ball, Graz, AUSTRIA

  • 19 June: 4 hour Bachata Workshops, MyDance Vienna, AUSTRIA 

  • 25 - 26 Jun: Bachata & Salsa Special with Arun Srinivasan at Tanzschule Conny & Dado, Graz AUSTRIA

  • 1 - 4 July: Attendee at the Croatia Summer Salsa Festvial, Rovinj, CROATIA

  • 27 - 31 July: Artist & Performer at Afro Latin Invasion in Asia, Langkawi, MALAYSIA

  • 25 Aug - 1 Sep: Afro & Latin Exploration II (Boot-camps in Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba), Colombo, SRI LANKA

  • 23 - 25 September: (Organizer, Artist, performer), 3rd Latin Festival Madras 2016, Chennai INDIA 

  • 4 - 6 November: Instructor & Performer at Salsa Bangkok Fiesta, THAILAND

  • 11-13 November: Any Body Can Dance boot-camps (Salsa, Kizomba), Ho Chi Minh city, VIETNAM

  • 3 Dec: 3 hour Urbankiz Bootcamp, Chennai INDIA

  • 21 Dec: Salsa Workshop at Die Thalia, Graz, AUSTRIA

  • 28 Dec: Men's styling; Salsa on with Dotty Ujszaszi; Bachata with Dorrottya Adams in Budapest, HUNGARY

2017

  • 5 Jan: Bachata workshop, Die Thalia, Graz, AUSTRIA

  • 22 Jan: Kizomba Intermediate with Natalia Tatarinova (Russia), Chennai, INDIA

  • 23 - 26 February: Performed 2 shows (Salsa Solo & Salsa Men's shies with Bonny Avanoor & Vijay Balaji) and taught 2 workshops (sensual Bachata & Intermediate Salsa), Boracay Latin Dance Festival, PHILIPPINES

  • 4-5 March: Taught Kizomba, assisted by Dotty Ujszaszi at  Salsa Madras 3rd year Anniversary Celebrations

  • 24- 26 March: Bhangra workshop and Kizomba Beginner & Intermediate Boot-camps in Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

  • 31 March - 2 April: Performed 3 shows (Men's salsa shines with Manasir Hussain; Salsa Solo; Kizomba with Natalie Tatarinova) & Taught 2 workshops (Salsa Intermediate; Salsa Shines), Hanoi International Latin Fiesta, VIETNAM

  • 7-9 April: Performed 3 shows (Salsa Solo; Men's salsa Shines with Bonny Avanoor; Surprise show with Deepak Stephen), & Taught Salsa Intermediate Partnerwork, 1st Thailand International Latin Festival, Bangkok, THAILAND

  • 19-21 May: Instructed (Shines bootcamp; Salsa shines; Body isolation; Bachata Shines) & Performed Salsa Solo at the GRAZy Salsa Festival, GRAZ, Austria 

Championships and Awards!

  • Winner, (with Gracielle An from US) Pro-Am Jack & Jill competition, Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival 2015

  • Winner, Professional Salsa Solo mixed division, Asia Championship 2014

  • Winner (with Dotty from Hungary), Jack n Jill competition, Manila Boracay Latin Dance festival 2014) 

  • #6, Salsa Solo open Men, HK world salsa championship 2014

  • Semi-finalist, Global Salsa championship, World Salsa Summit, Miami, 2014

  • Winner, Professional Salsa Solo mixed division, All India Salsa championship 2013

  • 2nd Runner up, Professional salsa couple division (with Minoti Ramachandra), All India Salsa Championship 2012

  • Runner up, Salsa solo open, Goa salsa festival 2012

  • Runner up, Professional salsa couple division (with Minoti Ramachandra), all India Salsa Championship 2011

Travel with me to various festivals around the world. 

9 January 2018

Salsa Special mit Arun, Graz, AUSTRIA

16 January 2018

Salsa Special mit Arun, Graz, AUSTRIA

26-28 Janurary, 2018

Latin Soul Fiesta, Pune, INDIA

24-26 February, 2018

Boracay Latin Dance Festival, PHILIPPINES

24-25 March 2018

Bachata Choreography Bootcamp, Ho Chi Minh city, VIETNAM

29 March - 1 April, 2018

Vietnam International Latin Fiesta, Hanoi, VIETNAM 

25-27 May, 2018

Grazy Salsa Festival, Graz, AUSTRIA 

15-17 June, 2018

Salsa in Budapest, HUNGARY

21 - 23 September 2018

5th Latin Festival Madras, Chennai, INDIA

1-4 November 2018

13th Salsa Bangkok Fiesta, Thailand

21-24 February 2019

Boracay Latin Dance Festival, Philippines

20-22 September 2019

6th Latin Festival Madras, Chennai, INDIA

For Afro and Latin Workshops, shows, events, DJ and the like, please feel free to get in touch with Arun Srinivasan a.k.a Arun Bachatero at +91 8122072572 or mail at salsamadras@gmail.com 

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