• Padmja Sopori

Moves Like Tiger

In the late 1960s, Afrika Bambaataa recognized that break-dancing was not just a form of dance. He saw it as a means to an end. Today it is a means of expression for people all around the world. Tiger Shroff shares his love for dance, and the man that inspired his moves, with Hobbyist World.

Why do you think it's important to have a hobby?

For me, it's important to have a hobby because it keeps me happy, in a good state of mind, and because its a part of my job, its a productive hobby, while also being one I love doing.

How do you take out time to pursue your hobby?

Luckily for me, my hobby is my job so it's all the same for me.

What form of dance did you start off with?

Since I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan, I started off with his style, which is a combination of pop-lock, boogaloo and some freestyle.

What's your favourite form of dance?

Out of everything I've tried, my favourite form of dance definitely has to be break-dancing.

What gives you inspiration?

Micheal Jackson is my biggest dance inspiration, and my family inspires me to be better.

What has been your most challenging dance routine?

My most challenging dance routine up until now has been a song I had to dance to in my newest film Student of the Year 2.

Who has been your favourite dance partner?

I don't know about my favourite dance partner, but the person I've enjoyed dancing with the most has been my dance mentor, Paresh Shirodkar.

The History of Break-dance

Break-dancing is a form of street dance that incorporates intricate body movements, coordination, style, and aesthetics. Break-dance is the oldest known hip-hop style of dance. It is believed to have originated in the Bronx, New York, in the 1970s. Musical inspirations date back to the energetic performances of funk maestro, James Brown.

In the early days of deejaying, emceeing, and break-dancing, a break- the instrumental part of a song that is looped repeatedly by the DJ- was typically incorporated into songs to allow a showcase of break-dance moves. Afrika Bambaataa formed one of the earliest dance crews, the Zulu Kings. The Zulu Kings gradually developed a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in break-dancing circles. Rock Steady Crew, arguably the most important break-dancing collective in hip-hop history, added innovative acrobatic moves to the art. Breaking evolved from simple headspins and backspins to sophisticated power moves.

All images of Tiger Shroff courtesy Sharique Sayed