From Vashi to New York: A 15-Year-Old Boy’s Ballet Dreams Are About to Come True

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A 15-year-old boy from Vashi, Navi Mumbai, has been accepted to one of the most prestigious ballet companies in New York and it definitely is a moment of pride for all of us!

A premier classical ballet company in New York has accepted Amir to be part of its pre-professional school, making him among the few Indian male ballet dancers to reach this level.

Swan Lake, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet… apart from being famous stories, these are also fables that have been the narrative of some of the most sought-after ballet recitals, globally.

An art form whose origins could be traced back to the Italian Renaissance courts of the fifteenth century, classical ballet has made inroads to almost every country, mesmerising the audiences with elegant pirouettes (the famous one-foot spinning movement), perfect synchronisation and an accompaniment of soulful music.

Strangely, ballet hasn’t quite seen the light of day in India despite its cultural amalgamation of diverse art forms.

A 15-year-old boy from Vashi, Navi Mumbai, has been accepted to one of the most prestigious ballet companies in New York and it definitely is a moment of pride for all of us!

Amiruddin Shah or Amir, as he prefers to be called, has been dancing since he was six and had absolutely no clue about ballet.

Till the day his dance teacher realized that the agility and grace with which Amir moved, he could be a step away from becoming a professional ballet dancer and a good one at that!

“Until then, I’d been learning the hip-hop genre of dancing which I’d taken up since 2013,” Amir says.

Yehuda Maor, an American-Israeli dance teacher at The Danceworx performing arts academy, discovered the talent in Amir and has been personally helping mould the prodigy.