Founder & Director, SALSA MADRAS
Organisor, Latin Festival Madras
BIO: A science graduate from University of Edinburgh, turned into a salsa professional, Arun Started SALSA in September 2007 as a social dancer and now is one of the Internationally recognised afro and latin dancer, Instructor, trainer, choreographer and Promoter from India. He started teaching SALSA, 8 years back as a part time instructor and later headed the Lourd Vijay’s Dance studio, Chennai till Feb 2014 and then started his own SALSA MADRAS from 1st March 2014.
EXPERIENCE: He has attended about 30 salsa festivals/congresses across India and World in the last 9 years and has been teaching/performing/competing/Dancing in other cities namely, Pondicherry, Goa, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Andaman, Kochi, etc and other countries viz. USA, Scotland, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Hungary, Austria, UAE, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, etc.
PERFORMER / ARTIST: As a performer, be it solo or partner work, he has been a great entertainer, esp. known for his musicality, crazy footwork, body movements and clarity in technique. He has performed in various events and festival in more than 7 countries in Asia and US. He has competed in World Salsa Summit 2014, Miami and Hong Kong World Salsa Championships 2012 & 2014. By Winning All India and Asia championships in 2013, and 2014 respectively, he is not only one of the leading solo performers from Asia but also known for his couple performances with various artists across the world in salsa shines, Salsa couple, Bachata and kizomba.
CHAMPIONSHIPS AND AWARDS:
- Winner, (with Gracielle An from US) Pro-Am Jack & Jill competition, Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival 2015
- Winner, Professional Salsa Solo mixed division, Asia Championship 2014
- Winner (with Dotty from Hungary), Jack n Jill competition, Manila Boracay Latin Dance festival 2014)
- #6, Salsa Solo open Men, HK world salsa championship 2014
- Semi-finalist, Global Salsa championship, World Salsa Summit, Miami, 2014
- Winner, Professional Salsa Solo mixed division, All India Salsa championship 2013
- 2nd Runner up, Professional salsa couple division (with Minoti Ramachandra), All India Salsa Championship 2012
- Runner up, Salsa solo open, Goa salsa festival 2012
- Runner up, Professional salsa couple division (with Minoti Ramachandra), all India Salsa Championship 2011