Our Founder and Artistic Director Master Terence Lewis is widely-recognised as India’s leading choreographer, dancer and TV judge and a multiple Guinness Book of World Records winner. He is a Doctor in the Performing Arts (Dance), an honarary title awarded by the National Institute of Education and Research, New Delhi, in recognition of his achievements in the dance sector.
Terence is a self-taught artist, who honed his skills mid-career with workshops at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, New York. He was the first Indian to receive a fully-funded scholarship to study at Impulstanz, Vienna (the world’s leading contemporary dance festival) and is the only regular Indian teacher at Impulstanz. He developed a new style of dance, Indo-Contemporary, using his background in Indian dance and Bollywood with contemporary technique. He was the first Indian member of the UNESCO- International Dance Council - CID- Conseil International de la Danse.
Terence has judged India’s top dance-based television shows, including Dance Champions, Dance India Dance, Nach Baliye and So You Think You Can Dance! He has choreographed films including Lagaan and Jhankaar Beats; musicals including Children of the Sea and Finding Marina (both with children of the 2005 Tsunami disaster, presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006, where Terence won the Best Choreographer Award) and Disney India’s pioneering stage musical The Beauty and the Beast.
Terence Lewis has entered the Guinness Book of World Records on four occassions – for conducting the largest Bollywood Dance Class in the world and the largest Indo-Contemporary Dance Class, both held in Mumbai, India! His campaign for FBB won the World’s Largest Photobook award.
He has received multiple awards in India and internationally for both, his artistic merit and entreprenuership achievements.