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Coffin dance in Mumbai

Tobias Mead of Britain’s Got Talent fame performed a version of Twilight in the city and he vows to be back to conduct a workshop in India.

art and culture Updated: Oct 01, 2010 15:28 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Tobias Mead’s unique invention — the ‘backward dance’ — over the years made him the face of contemporary dance in the UK. The dancer, who took the audiences by storm on the reality show Britain’s Got Talent,took centrestage at a recent Awards night in Mumbai too. And he vows to be back to conduct a workshop in India. He says, “It’ll be fun to meet young dancers and teach them my style. I’m interested in learning some Bollywood moves myself.”

Mead, who’s trained in all dance forms from ballet to jazz, put up a dance version of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. “I love the Twilight series and I wanted to interpret the story in my own way,” he says. “I’d think of a scene, then a rhythm to turn it into a dance move. The idea of a vampire theme and using coffins as props excited me!”<b1>

Though body popping and tap dancing are his favourite moves, he admits that it is his fascination of inventing bizarre steps that keeps him going. The idea of the backward dance came from a Halloween party. “I had put my mask and hood at the back to scare people,” he recalls. “Instinctively, I started dancing backwards too and it just came together perfectly. It’s surreal now to see YouTube videos of people trying to imitate that step!”

Mead, who gave up a career in professional football to pursue his passion, says he “fell into dancing” after watching Michael Jackson. He says he’s attracted to Bollywood dancing because it combines MJ’s style and its own identity in an interesting way. So which Bollywood actress would he want to dance with? “Shilpa Shetty! I’d love to slow dance with her.”