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Young Talent Association: Making Puneites groove, shake a leg since 1998

Subhash Dhang of Young Talent Association has made a successful career in dance and choreography despite a humble beginning. 

pune Updated: Aug 05, 2018 16:25 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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(From left) Nikita Oswal, Sachin Dhang, Poonam Mathrani, Rohit Oswal, core members of Young Talent Association, with the founder Subhash Dhang (centre).(HT PHOTO)

What started as passion has today grown into a profession and a career prospective for several Puneites. A Fergusson College alumnus, 36-year-old Subhash Dhang formed the Young Talent Association (YTA) in1998 with an intention to spread awareness on various dance forms and the throw light on the prospect of dance as a career. It has been two decades since, and Dhang is happy that he chose this path.

“It has not been an easy journey. However, I have no regrets and would do the same all over again. The opportunity levels in the field of dance have definitely increased and improved. People were sceptical 20 years ago of even coming to the workshops and classes, but, today we see a lot more acceptance from parents too,” said Dhang, who now owns four branches in Pune, one in Mumbai and Nashik each.

Remembering his first show that he had organised 20 years ago, Dhangsaid,“It was called Talent Mania with five friends, Akshay, Anjali, Mahesh, Sachin, and Terrance, at Nehru Memorial Hall. I followed it up with a show with Lucky Ali organised by the Red Cross Society and there has been no looking back since then.”

The academy teaches dance forms such as hip-hop, Bollywood, contemporary, Indian folk, fun dance, salsa,Latin Americanand Bollywood salsa.“We were one of the first ones to start Bollywood salsa. Gradually, we introduced many other fusion dance forms, such as kathak salsa and kathak hip-hop.”

Interestingly, Dhang aspired to be a director and dance always was a passion. He started with teaching dance in schools and colleges to make a decent income, and within no time, it became one of his primary sources of income.

Today, Dhang choreographs for films, wedding functions and corporates. His students which over the years have reached close to a lakh have also excelled in various creative careers.

The YTA conducts two shows for its students. Students of the summer workshop can perform at the annual monsoon and winter shows that have fun names, like Wow, Golmaal, Love ke liye Dance Karega and Josh. Dhang added, “We have been donating a major part of our proceeds towards social welfare activities.”

He said, “Dance should be learnt through experience. One has to keep his mind open to new forms and steps and remember that dance is not about steps, but that which has a theme or storyline.”

Stage shows

Choreographed for performers, like Lucky Ali, Bombay Vikings, Vaishali Samant, Arun Daga, Karan Jasbir and Sriram to name a few.

Has set the Limca book of records by dancing non-stop for 55 hours organised by the Radisson Club, Goa.

Awarded the Mayor’s Trophy for selfless contribution in the field of performing arts.


Choreographed for Marathi cinemas Aai No.1 and Jai Jai Maharashtra Maaza

Was Assistant choreographer to Bhushan Lakhandari for Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao-starrer Shikhar

Was assistant choreographer for Mithun Chakraborthy-starrer Phir Kabhi, Imran Hashmi-starer Rush, Shahid Kapur-starrer Shikhar and Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kites.

First Published: Aug 05, 2018 16:21 IST