Terence Lewis is one of the finest dancers and choreographers in the country. He specializes in contemporary dance and has choreographed for many popular films, from Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela to Lagaan. He is more popularly known as the judge of reality shows like Dance India Dance, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and Nach Baliye. Throughout his judging career, he has groomed and mentored many dancers who are now counted amongst the best choreographers as well. He is immensely talented and the first Indian to win the danceWEB Europe scholarship to represent India in Vienna, Austria. He now owns a dance academy that is one of India's most famous dance institutes.
It has been years that the reality shows have taken over TV and Terence has judged one of the highest rated dance shows – Dance India Dance. He also mentored the second season winner Shakti Mohan. But this is not all that he is known for. He is also famous for using a term "Chummeshwari" to appreciate the performances and it probably means that the performance was so flawless that it deserves a kiss.
Apart from all things known about him, he is also a philosopher, speaker, and social worker. His academy also has a Terence Lewis Dance Scholarship Foundation Trust that allows unprivileged talents to pursue their dream and passion. Terence himself is a self-made man and knows how hard it is to follow a dream that is still considered unstable as a career. In one of the episodes of Dance India Dance, he shares the most important reason behind his philanthropy.
In the same episode, he also shared about the concept of dance therapy that he believes in, and how one need to release the frustration inside and dancing can help.
Terence was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has never hesitated in sharing his childhood stories and about his struggle period. He was recently seen as one of the speakers at the TEDxMITE where he shared stories from his childhood, how he started dancing and what made him realize and pursue his dreams. With his speech, it becomes evident that he is someone who while practical is very aware of the power of dreams.
He is an inspiration for many who want to pursue a career in dance but it is also true that he had his share of difficulties to reach there. In spite of his interest in performing arts, thanks to societal norms, he chose to study science in high school. But it was his talent and innate passion that he is now in a position where he is considered one of the best in the world.
At a young age, he has achieved and seen a lot. There's a lot more to him and his talent that has been mentioned and heard. He has a YouTube channel that will answer many of your queries about him, the art of dance and other things you may want to know. Watch the following video where he answers all the FAQs that run in your mind whenever you think of Terence Lewis.
We wish Terence a very happy birthday and all the best for judging the next season of Nach Baliye.