Meet The Team

JUDGE - INDIA QUALIFIERS

Paola Sopranzi 

Choreographer, Teacher and Dancer member of United Kingdom Alliance. She is the first Bollywood Dance Teacher in the world to be certified through this institution. She is the main dance judge for DWC Latin America and she has been the first Latin American judge who has been judging at the Finals in Offenburg, Germany. She has been one of the judges in “World of Dance” Argentina in October 2019.

 

She has been trained in jazz dance, contemporary dance, flamenco, folk dances and belly dance, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian dance, India Classical Dance and Bollywood Dance, Urban styles, yoga, and Fine Arts. Her expertise in Yoga and different styles of dancing has taken her to create a wonderful system of training for dancers. She graduated in Institutional Relations and has a graduate degree in Management and Direction of social organisations. She has performed and provided classes, workshops and Master Class in England, India, Scotland, Holland, France, Spain, Turkey, United States, Brazil, Uruguay and the Argentine Republic. 

 

She was the First Place Winner at The Talent Championship 2010 in Harrow, London, England. She is summoned on a recurring basis to teach special classes and choreograph for different companies and schools of Dance and Arts in Europe and Latin America in the field of Indian Dances and their musical styles. She was honoured at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the City of New Delhi for her contribution to the field of arts and culture, in India. She has also been honoured by Malaysia Ambassador S E Dato ́Mohd Khalid Abbasi Abdul Razak in Argentina. She is the artist chosen by the Malaysian Embassy in Argentina to perform and choreograph for all the cultural events. She is the chairman of “Fundacion Cultural Consciente”, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to develop human potential through the performing arts and Om Gam, a performing arts institution in Buenos Aires-Argentina.

DWC CHAIRMAN

John Grimshaw

John originally studied Music and Drama in London where he specialised as a soloist in the Baroque Trumpet and Organ recitals. It was whilst he attended this college and its association with the then Ballet Rambert his interest in dance began.

In 1995 after a successful period in the world of finance in Hong Kong, John returned to Jersey to continue working in the finance industry and he began supporting the local dance competitions and dance events held in the Island.

In 2004, whilst visiting Munich he watched the Dance World Cup competition and he was introduced to Korinna Sohn and it was through his continued discussions with Korinna that they formed a partnership for DWC limited and the future events from 2009.

Dance World Cup 2011 was the first competition held under this new company structure and it was successfully staged at the Disneyland Paris Newport Bay Convention Centre.

Director – Dance World Cup - India Qualifiers

Lourd Vijay 

Lourd Vijay is a Guinness World Record holder and has worked with Superstars like Jackie Chan, Nandita Das, Phurab Kohli, Mallika Sherawat, Sharmila Mandre, Raghu Mukherjee, Lekha Washington, Akshara Hasan, Varalakshmi Sharathkumar along with film directors like Stanley Tong, Raja Menon, Jacob, Arvind Adiga, Indrajit Lankesh and Sandeep Mohan. He has worked on dance reality shows like - Dance India Dance, Lux perfect bride and Guinness World Record - Abh India Thodega. He is the principal promoter of Latin culture, music and dance in the Asian region. 

Lourd has travelled to over 30 countries to train, perform and teach. He brings in a high level of professionalism setting, many benchmarks in the entertainment industry. He has trained over 1.5 lakh students and has worked on many musicals, feature films, ad films along with working with corporates and schools in India and abroad. His company, LVDS has had a presence in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

 

Lourd has had extensive training in Salsa (LA and Cuban Style), Bachata, Cha-cha, Zouk, Afro Cuban Funk, Freestyle Jive, Acro-Duo, Lifts and tricks.

 

Positions

·      Founder - Artistic Director: Lourd Vijay’s Dance Studio

·      Managing trustee – CEO: Indian Society for the Performers and teachers of Dance (ISPTD)

·      Managing trustee – CEO: Spreading Hope Foundation

·      Director – Dance World Cup - India Qualifiers

 

Achievements

  • Guinness World Record holder for the maximum number of Swing Dance flips in a minute.

  • Life Time Achievement Award at India Fiesta Latin for contributions made to the Latin Dance World.

  • Ambassador of the Hong Kong Salsa Festival

  • Judge of the Asian Open Salsa Championship 2008, 2009 & 2010

  • Head Judge of the Asia-Pacific Salsa Open Championships 2011

  • Judge to the Colombia Salsa Championship.

  • Official Latin dance & lifts and tricks trainer for reality shows Dance India Dance.

  • Tedx speaker

  • Stood 10th at the “most Popular Entrepreneur of the year 2009” amongst 180 nominees from across the country.

  • Ambassador of India to South Africa as part of Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange Program.

  • Revolutionized Indian-western dance over and over again in India - most notably, by introducing Salsa in 1997

  • Chosen as the top 20 most promising Nonprofits for 2017 amongst 600 applicants from across the US, Africa and India for his work with the Spreading Hope foundation

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