Choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan has a challenge for you
If your dance group is the best in the city, fight for the title in Dance Mob Face Off (DMFO). MTV’s Campus Diaries, a long-standing show that scans the most happening college activities around the country, is coming back next month with this dance challenge. For the DMFO, choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan is travelling city to city, judging college dance crews and hosting the show.
The Bengaluru boy shot to fame in 2009 by winning season one of the reality show, Dance India Dance. He also topped season six of the celebrity dance series Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as a choreographer. He went on to act in Prabhu Deva’s Any Body Can Dance and is gearing up for the latter’s ballroom dance film.
Khan tells us more about his new dance assignment.
How does it feel to be judging, and not being judged?
Life does come full circle (laughs). But judging is not easy. I have been backstage as a contestant so I know how important these competitions are. For someone as competitive as myself, winning is everything. On this show, there are no runners-up, only one winner. So it’s pretty difficult to judge.
What criteria are you going to judge the participants on?
Originality. Mix up two to three dance forms, create something different and even name your new style. Why not? I am also going to be very strict with technicality. I know these kids are young, they are still in college. But they have exposure to so many dance forms through TV and Internet, which we never had. So they better step up.
Favourite Indian dance crews.
I love V Company and Kings United. If the students can beat them, that will definitely impress me.
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— Barkha Kumari