SHIAMAK DAVAR INTERNATIONAL
The 2006 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Melbourne was the catalyst for beginning the SHIAMAK movement in Australia. Shiamak’s personal involvement with the Commonwealth Games, allowed for the Indian, Sri Lankan and Fijian Communities to see that dance is his passion. He was able to bring together 500 Australian, Indian, Sri Lankan and Fijian locals with members of his Indian Dance team to bring the Bollywood flare to Australia. Since then, the SHIAMAK Dance Team in Australia has set up several centres across Victoria with over 300 students. The success of the Victorian based operations, has allowed for SHIAMAK Australia to begin new operations in Sydney. The three initial locations will surely continue to grow, as Australia encompasses the SHIAMAK Style. The SHIAMAK Dance Team in Australia is committed to promoting SHIAMAK’s philosophy of ‘Have Feet. Will Dance.’ with their excellent performances.
Entertainment icon, Shiamak Davar embarked upon a journey two decades ago with a vision to change people’s perception of dance, creating benchmark and setting standards for performing arts. Choreographer, singer, artistic director, performer, philanthropist and teacher par excellence, Shiamak has led the world in embracing a dance movement that is beyond the ordinary, enthralling people in what can aptly be called the Shiamak Movement. Shiamak is on a mission to educate the world with the joy of dancing, a mission to entertain audiences with his creative brilliance, a mission to empower people with his belief that if you have the will, you’ll always triumph.
SHIAMAK took upon himself the onus of spearheading and spreading dance education to the masses. He formalized SHIAMAK Davar’s International (SDI) with the motto “Have Feet. Will Dance. ™", and his dance form spoke a new language, one that was not only a great physical experience but also a spiritually uplifting one. SHIAMAK has nurtured SDI in becoming one of the largest dance schools in the world, reaching out to over 100,000 dance enthusiasts annually acrossAustralia, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. SHIAMAK Style is a unique amalgamation of indo contemporary and modern movement with a strong ballet grounding and performance based visuals; a testimony of SHIAMAK’s innovative style, spirit and vision. He was honored with a doctorate by the Middlesex University, London for his contribution to the field of entertainment and arts in 2011.
SHIAMAK’s art of powerful storytelling through the medium of song and dance has enabled him to create masterpieces that that stimulate the body, mind and spirit and make music visible through inventive dance movement, rich costumes and majestic set design. Be it the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Asian Games in India (1989), Third National Games (1994), World Economic Forum (Davos, 2006), the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (Melbourne, 2006), The Unforgettable Tour (2008), the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (Delhi, 2010) and The IIFA Awards, SHIAMAK has been modern India’s cultural ambassador to the world. SHIAMAK has revolutionized choreography in Bollywood, having won the prestigious National Award for choreography, Dil Toh Pagal Hai and creating benchmarks with blockbusters including Taal, Kisna, I See You, Yuvraaj, Dhoom 2, Taare Zameen Par, Rab Ne Bana De Jodi and Game. With Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, SHIAMAK’s choreography reached international shores.
SHIAMAK strongly believes in the healing power of dance and uses this art form, effectively and extensively, to impact people’s lives positively. Through dance, SHIAMAK’s not for profit organisation Victory Arts Foundation (VAF) empowers children who are lesser privileged, vulnerable to HIV/AIDS or with special needs. VAF enriches their lives and instills in them a strong sense of self-belief and confidence. SHIAMAK has taken several mammoth steps to ensure a seamless integration of these special children into society, and in the process left a lasting impact on the lives of those to whom it matters the most.
SHIAMAK is a true icon for global cultural exchange. Not only has he brought a flavor of International culture into India, he has made sure that an essence of Modern India is also spread across the world. With dance as his language, spirit his instrument, and soul his essence, the world is truly SHIAMAK’s stage!