I want to share a fun experience that happened to me at the 3rd Hong Kong World Cup in 2014. I hope you enjoy reading 🙂

I come from a time when we all wanted to look and dance differently than just looking like someone else’s likeness. I’ve always tried to look for something new and different and have pioneered the community a lot since I started working full time! I try to avoid those trending Tik Tok videos or challenges because everyone is doing it and I don’t need it! That’s how I feel about things.

I’ve always been like that, even as a child. For example, as a child from the age of 6, I played chess professionally, as not everyone likes to do it at that age. Later, at school and in the first few years of my bachelor’s degree, I played field hockey because everyone wanted to play cricket. I did biotechnology for my bachelor’s degree because everyone wanted to study engineering or medicine at the time. The list is pretty long, but you get the point!

When it comes to dancing, too, there are so many things on the same lines. I didn’t want to look or dance like anyone else. That was a time everyone was referring to this idea as well. Unfortunately, we can now find thousands of replicas of popular dancers around the world.

Let’s get back to the story!

It was 2014. I was training for a new solo routine to start this year! I watched a lot of championships and tried to choose songs that were different from the others. I ended up having a song called. selected Download 73. Let me know what you think of the song.

The song is a real catch when looking for the songs that inspired work! It was also a time when my shows were half choreographed and half improvised. Although I wouldn’t recommend this method to anyone looking to compete! The song has wonderful elements of musicality and I had a lot of ideas in my head!

A funny coincidence

The show’s debut took place in 2nd Global Salsa World Championship, World Salsa Summit, Miami in 2014. This was my first trip to the United States and also my first time doing this routine. I didn’t pass the semifinals. Every show needs a couple of warm-up performances before reaching the championship stage. It taught me a lot in my dance career and I returned home!

The summit is hosted by Billy Fajardo and he was invited to Chennai in December 2013 for an event I was hosting on behalf of my previous dance company I worked for – LVDS. That was also the first year for Chennai, an international artist at the Chennai Salsa Festival

2 weeks later I went to the 3rd Hong Kong World Championship! The qualification took place on Thursday and whoever made it to the quarter-finals and semi-finals could compete in the finals on Saturday! The competition in Hong Kong was very special for me too, as I was in the same category as Oliver Pineda who was one of my biggest inspirations for solo (along with a few others) and I wanted to compete against him!

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It was Thursday and the championships started, I was warming up when our category kick started and suddenly I heard my song playing and was still backstage. It was well organized, but how did it come about? Then I realized that it was someone else who was dancing to the same song. Guess what? That happened 3-4 times before I even took the stage!


After all of the research and trying to choose a unique song, I finally settled on the song that was chosen by 4 others. It was a fun coincidence this year! After barely passing the quarters and semis, I decided to change my song for the finale to at least feel better about my choice of song! I was brought into the world # 6 this year and guess who is the winner! Oliver, Of course!

This is the video I was able to find of him this year! He was so flawless, powerful and sharp. He’s still, in my opinion, one of the best salsa soloists ever!

I wanted to compete against the best, I tried and lost, but I don’t regret it and I realized that I wanted the quality of his dance in terms of experience, knowledge, quality of movement, musicality, etc. More than just being number 6 , the knowledge and experience gained has been invaluable. I’m still not getting any closer, but I took a lot of inspiration with me and I’ve definitely gotten better since then. Isn’t that more important?

My routine went on to get me the Asian Salsa Championship in Bangalore, India this year (2014) and also my second time in a row that I won the Salsa Solo Championship at this championship and also the last time that I competed professionally.

lesson learned: Being the best in your city or country is not really your true standard. There are hundreds of others who are better than you outside of your comfort zone!

reminder: You are not the only one who thinks differently!

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