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Dancing Up a Storm with Founder of Artistic Athletes, Arushi Chawla

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So Delhi 8 Dec 2015

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With a decided stance on becoming an engineer, Arushi had her future pretty much sorted but when her passion couldn’t align with her studies, she took a bold step of abandoning her degree to join a bachelor’s course in chemistry from a college renowned for it’s thriving dance society. Within a year, Arushi had successfully made her place in the dance world, won numerous dance competitions, conducted several dance workshops and started her own dance academy. Read on to find out this young girl’s motivational story.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

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Delhi is currently on a roll with new talents coming up everyday. It's a mega city of different dance styles. Some of the good dance institutes I know where teachers really put in that extra touch are: The Danceworx, Big Dance Centre and Stance Dance India. 

What are your favourite places to eat in Delhi?

I love food. That's like practically one of the reasons I need to workout much much more. Ha ha. My favourite places are the classic old ones - the bylanes of Satya Niketan, JNU area, Chandni Chowk, Jama-masjid, Andhra Bhawan in the embassy area. And sometimes the fancy ones like Cha Bar in CP, TGIF in Saket, Dude Food in Satya Niketan.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

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The future is yet in its unfolding phase. I have faith within that it'll all be good at the end.I have a lot of things yet to learn and a lot of dreams yet to dream. So wish me luck. 

One piece of advice you would like to give to people trying to follow your footsteps?

There are actually two: Firstly don’t follow anybody, you are unique in your own way. Have no fear and just drown deep into the thing you are passionate about. Work hard, create your own path and stay positive. Be your own strength and love yourself. 

Secondly, Perseverance is key. Never give up. There are two kinds of people in the world, one that take you higher and then those that break you down. In the end, you'll thank them both- Superwoman. So keep doing what you do. Take the criticism to the head and not the heart.

Let's all grow together and make this world an art theatre so that every moment is beautiful and every soul is truly alive.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

Delhi is currently on a roll with new talents coming up everyday. It's a mega city of different dance styles. Some of the good dance institutes I know where teachers really put in that extra touch are: The Danceworx, Big Dance Centre and Stance Dance India. 

What are your favourite places to eat in Delhi?

I love food. That's like practically one of the reasons I need to workout much much more. Ha ha. My favourite places are the classic old ones - the bylanes of Satya Niketan, JNU area, Chandni Chowk, Jama-masjid, Andhra Bhawan in the embassy area. And sometimes the fancy ones like Cha Bar in CP, TGIF in Saket, Dude Food in Satya Niketan.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

The future is yet in its unfolding phase. I have faith within that it'll all be good at the end.I have a lot of things yet to learn and a lot of dreams yet to dream. So wish me luck. 

One piece of advice you would like to give to people trying to follow your footsteps?

There are actually two: Firstly don’t follow anybody, you are unique in your own way. Have no fear and just drown deep into the thing you are passionate about. Work hard, create your own path and stay positive. Be your own strength and love yourself. 

Secondly, Perseverance is key. Never give up. There are two kinds of people in the world, one that take you higher and then those that break you down. In the end, you'll thank them both- Superwoman. So keep doing what you do. Take the criticism to the head and not the heart.

Let's all grow together and make this world an art theatre so that every moment is beautiful and every soul is truly alive.

Tell us a little about Artistic Athletes?

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Artistic Athletes is a startup that came into the picture when I gained the confidence to finally start giving regular classes and workshops. My first venture was conducting the workshop in my own school. That was a big deal for me and that probably was the stepping stone. My family supported me alot with this, especially my sister. Dwarka, where I come from is still in its budding phase in the dance community however I’m glad it’s growing fast.

Where do you draw your inspirations from?

I think for every dancer, musician, artist, the most inspiring thing is his/her teacher and mine has been the same. All my teachers be it the ones who taught me when I was a little girl or the ones whom I have the privilege of learning from now, hold a big role in inspiring me. Other than that - YOUTUBE. There is a lot of talent out there, every person has something to give and teach. So yes that's my chamber of secrets.

Plus I have this one YouTuber whom I really look up to- Superwoman aka Lilly Singh. She inspires me a lot. She is my go-to person whenever I am feeling gloomy.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

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Delhi is currently on a roll with new talents coming up everyday. It's a mega city of different dance styles. Some of the good dance institutes I know where teachers really put in that extra touch are: The Danceworx, Big Dance Centre and Stance Dance India. 

What are your favourite places to eat in Delhi?

I love food. That's like practically one of the reasons I need to workout much much more. Ha ha. My favourite places are the classic old ones - the bylanes of Satya Niketan, JNU area, Chandni Chowk, Jama-masjid, Andhra Bhawan in the embassy area. And sometimes the fancy ones like Cha Bar in CP, TGIF in Saket, Dude Food in Satya Niketan.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

The future is yet in its unfolding phase. I have faith within that it'll all be good at the end.I have a lot of things yet to learn and a lot of dreams yet to dream. So wish me luck. 

One piece of advice you would like to give to people trying to follow your footsteps?

There are actually two: Firstly don’t follow anybody, you are unique in your own way. Have no fear and just drown deep into the thing you are passionate about. Work hard, create your own path and stay positive. Be your own strength and love yourself. 

Secondly, Perseverance is key. Never give up. There are two kinds of people in the world, one that take you higher and then those that break you down. In the end, you'll thank them both- Superwoman. So keep doing what you do. Take the criticism to the head and not the heart.

Let's all grow together and make this world an art theatre so that every moment is beautiful and every soul is truly alive.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

Delhi is currently on a roll with new talents coming up everyday. It's a mega city of different dance styles. Some of the good dance institutes I know where teachers really put in that extra touch are: The Danceworx, Big Dance Centre and Stance Dance India. 

What are your favourite places to eat in Delhi?

I love food. That's like practically one of the reasons I need to workout much much more. Ha ha. My favourite places are the classic old ones - the bylanes of Satya Niketan, JNU area, Chandni Chowk, Jama-masjid, Andhra Bhawan in the embassy area. And sometimes the fancy ones like Cha Bar in CP, TGIF in Saket, Dude Food in Satya Niketan.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

The future is yet in its unfolding phase. I have faith within that it'll all be good at the end.I have a lot of things yet to learn and a lot of dreams yet to dream. So wish me luck. 

One piece of advice you would like to give to people trying to follow your footsteps?

There are actually two: Firstly don’t follow anybody, you are unique in your own way. Have no fear and just drown deep into the thing you are passionate about. Work hard, create your own path and stay positive. Be your own strength and love yourself. 

Secondly, Perseverance is key. Never give up. There are two kinds of people in the world, one that take you higher and then those that break you down. In the end, you'll thank them both- Superwoman. So keep doing what you do. Take the criticism to the head and not the heart.

Let's all grow together and make this world an art theatre so that every moment is beautiful and every soul is truly alive.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

Delhi is currently on a roll with new talents coming up everyday. It's a mega city of different dance styles. Some of the good dance institutes I know where teachers really put in that extra touch are: The Danceworx, Big Dance Centre and Stance Dance India. 

What are your favourite places to eat in Delhi?

I love food. That's like practically one of the reasons I need to workout much much more. Ha ha. My favourite places are the classic old ones - the bylanes of Satya Niketan, JNU area, Chandni Chowk, Jama-masjid, Andhra Bhawan in the embassy area. And sometimes the fancy ones like Cha Bar in CP, TGIF in Saket, Dude Food in Satya Niketan.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

The future is yet in its unfolding phase. I have faith within that it'll all be good at the end.I have a lot of things yet to learn and a lot of dreams yet to dream. So wish me luck. 

One piece of advice you would like to give to people trying to follow your footsteps?

There are actually two: Firstly don’t follow anybody, you are unique in your own way. Have no fear and just drown deep into the thing you are passionate about. Work hard, create your own path and stay positive. Be your own strength and love yourself. 

Secondly, Perseverance is key. Never give up. There are two kinds of people in the world, one that take you higher and then those that break you down. In the end, you'll thank them both- Superwoman. So keep doing what you do. Take the criticism to the head and not the heart.

Let's all grow together and make this world an art theatre so that every moment is beautiful and every soul is truly alive.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

Delhi is currently on a roll with new talents coming up everyday. It's a mega city of different dance styles. Some of the good dance institutes I know where teachers really put in that extra touch are: The Danceworx, Big Dance Centre and Stance Dance India. 

What are your favourite places to eat in Delhi?

I love food. That's like practically one of the reasons I need to workout much much more. Ha ha. My favourite places are the classic old ones - the bylanes of Satya Niketan, JNU area, Chandni Chowk, Jama-masjid, Andhra Bhawan in the embassy area. And sometimes the fancy ones like Cha Bar in CP, TGIF in Saket, Dude Food in Satya Niketan.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

The future is yet in its unfolding phase. I have faith within that it'll all be good at the end.I have a lot of things yet to learn and a lot of dreams yet to dream. So wish me luck. 

One piece of advice you would like to give to people trying to follow your footsteps?

There are actually two: Firstly don’t follow anybody, you are unique in your own way. Have no fear and just drown deep into the thing you are passionate about. Work hard, create your own path and stay positive. Be your own strength and love yourself. 

Secondly, Perseverance is key. Never give up. There are two kinds of people in the world, one that take you higher and then those that break you down. In the end, you'll thank them both- Superwoman. So keep doing what you do. Take the criticism to the head and not the heart.

Let's all grow together and make this world an art theatre so that every moment is beautiful and every soul is truly alive.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

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I'm Arushi Chawla, an artist who likes expressing herself through her dance. I'm currently pursuing my Bachelors in Chemistry, 2nd year from Sri Venkateswara College, DU.

About me, I'm an open book. I believe a lot in positivity and having good vibes around. I am a big time foodie, an avid traveller and love witty humour.

Why did you decide to drop out from engineering?

So engineering was my plan after 12th. I had taken all tuitions to crack it and even got admission and overall had a pretty settled scene. But there was one minor problem. It just didn't feel right. My college lacked any kind of cultural environment. My priority being dancing, studying Electronics and Communications really sucked so I decided to take the road less travelled, dropped out and took a leap of faith to follow my heart. Another major reason was to join Sri Venkateswara College. It's dance society, Verve had gained a lot of appreciation in the dance community. I had to come and learn from the best!

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

Delhi is currently on a roll with new talents coming up everyday. It's a mega city of different dance styles. Some of the good dance institutes I know where teachers really put in that extra touch are: The Danceworx, Big Dance Centre and Stance Dance India. 

What are your favourite places to eat in Delhi?

I love food. That's like practically one of the reasons I need to workout much much more. Ha ha. My favourite places are the classic old ones - the bylanes of Satya Niketan, JNU area, Chandni Chowk, Jama-masjid, Andhra Bhawan in the embassy area. And sometimes the fancy ones like Cha Bar in CP, TGIF in Saket, Dude Food in Satya Niketan.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

The future is yet in its unfolding phase. I have faith within that it'll all be good at the end.I have a lot of things yet to learn and a lot of dreams yet to dream. So wish me luck. 

One piece of advice you would like to give to people trying to follow your footsteps?

There are actually two: Firstly don’t follow anybody, you are unique in your own way. Have no fear and just drown deep into the thing you are passionate about. Work hard, create your own path and stay positive. Be your own strength and love yourself. 

Secondly, Perseverance is key. Never give up. There are two kinds of people in the world, one that take you higher and then those that break you down. In the end, you'll thank them both- Superwoman. So keep doing what you do. Take the criticism to the head and not the heart.

Let's all grow together and make this world an art theatre so that every moment is beautiful and every soul is truly alive.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

Delhi is currently on a roll with new talents coming up everyday. It's a mega city of different dance styles. Some of the good dance institutes I know where teachers really put in that extra touch are: The Danceworx, Big Dance Centre and Stance Dance India. 

What are your favourite places to eat in Delhi?

I love food. That's like practically one of the reasons I need to workout much much more. Ha ha. My favourite places are the classic old ones - the bylanes of Satya Niketan, JNU area, Chandni Chowk, Jama-masjid, Andhra Bhawan in the embassy area. And sometimes the fancy ones like Cha Bar in CP, TGIF in Saket, Dude Food in Satya Niketan.

What are the best dance studios in Delhi?

article image

The future is yet in its unfolding phase. I have faith within that it'll all be good at the end.I have a lot of things yet to learn and a lot of dreams yet to dream. So wish me luck. 

One piece of advice you would like to give to people trying to follow your footsteps?

There are actually two: Firstly don’t follow anybody, you are unique in your own way. Have no fear and just drown deep into the thing you are passionate about. Work hard, create your own path and stay positive. Be your own strength and love yourself. 

Secondly, Perseverance is key. Never give up. There are two kinds of people in the world, one that take you higher and then those that break you down. In the end, you'll thank them both- Superwoman. So keep doing what you do. Take the criticism to the head and not the heart.

Let's all grow together and make this world an art theatre so that every moment is beautiful and every soul is truly alive.

When did you realise that dancing is your passion and that’s what you wanted to do with your life?

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Well I believe I didn't choose dance. Dance chose me. Back in the school days I was that kid who never missed any chance to perform in the annual function, sport days or any event. So yeah dance was one thing that always gave me the rush. Well I'm a Punjabi. I hope you understand what happens to us punjabis when we hear the beat.


Honestly, nobody knows the future. I am giving my all to reach my dream. Taking it up professionally will be too soon to decide but, this is currently my full time job.

A major turn of events took place when I joined Verve Dance Crew- the western dance society of Venkateswara College. That's when the learning started to become both serious and fun.

How has the journey been thereon?

The journey has been fantastic. It's been a rollercoaster ride actually. Competitions, events, shows & everything has been such a good learning experience. There were times when we won back to back competitions and it gave great joy and then times when our entire days were about drilling and rough workout sessions. But at the end it all made me learn and grow not only as a dancer but as a human being. I'm so grateful to the Almighty who gave me the courage to make the toughest decision of my life to leave engineering and for blessing me thereon.

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