Cool Steps with Ramod
By – G. Gokulan
Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement.
Ramod is a famous dancer in Sri Lanka with his own style of dancing.
Q: Ramod tell me a little about yourself.
I am a cool dancer. My entire life is dancing. Initially I began dancing just for fun but now it has become my profession. My family consists of my father, mother, elder brother and the sister who is married to my brother
Q: What can you tell me about your style of dance and who/what was your reason for selecting it?
Many people say that I have a style of my own. I do not know where it came from. I followed many dancers at the beginning; subsequently I added new things and experimented. I believe that a dance style of my own came about when I put together the moves that worked out and now it has become only mine
Q: What can you tell me about your dance classes and your team?
The name of the dance class and the crew is: COOL STEPS DANCE STUDIO. It is about five years ago since I started this class. At present there are about 120 pupils. I conduct classes in Negombo, Colombo and Wennappuwa. From September I will start three new classes in Kandy, Jaffna and Ratmalana. The team comprises of dancers who have made it through the class and they help out with class work too. There are about thirty dancers in the main crew
Q: Taking a walk down memory lane what can you say about achievements so far?
As of now I have won five international awards and 13 local awards in the field of dance. Also for this short period of time I have done many TV commercials, Music Videos and Film songs choreography. Actually I cannot believe myself that I have done so much. One thing is that I put in my maximum ability possible to do everything and expend the utmost effort as well
Q: Tell me about your future plans and upcoming projects?
As I mentioned before I will be starting three new classes in the near future. At the same time we will be holding our third concert- REVOLUTION 3 September 2 at the Ave Maria Auditorium in Negombo. I am involved in a lot of work connected to this, these days. A list of newest acts is being practiced. Also a competition named 'Ramod presents Road to Revolution' was organized to support the newer dancers. I will be engaged in such work in the future as well. I have a small plan in mind to build a Dance Studio especially for Cool Steps too.
Q: Can you describe your experience of being a profession wedding dancer?
I am now quite used to the wedding dancing field. That is because most of those acts are on the entertainment side. At the same time we love it too. We value the fact that people enjoy what we do. We have never missed out on any wedding that was accepted. If we accept a task we definitely fulfill it.
Q: How about your experience of working with other artists in the industry and competing with them?
I have work with a number of artists; especially with singers, on music videos. Many put in a great deal of effort. I have a different type of style and if I accept some task I put in the maximum effort possible to fulfill it. So, this is a big competition. I carry out my tasks very coolly.
Q: What kind of support are you getting from your fans?
I get a lot of support from fans; especially via Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. Many of their comments are very good and since so many of them ask for new things, it motivates us to do so.
Q: How would you describe the Sri Lankan dance industry?
The Sri Lankan dance industry has been stagnating in one place. Traditional dancing is of course at a very good place. However western dancing should improve a lot more. In India of course both sides are very developed. If more TV competitions and dance battles etc., are organized in Sri Lanka for the western side, separately it would be very beneficial.
Q: Can you explain the difference between B-boy and other Dance Styles?
B-Boy is a part of the Hip-hop style. Generally we know about somersaulting and such bigger tasks. It is named B-Boy. It is a style that requires a lot of strength and technique. A lot of effort has to be put in. It is not easy to become a good B-Boy. However if someone can achieve that, it is a very good thing.
Q: What sort of advice would you like to pass on to the youth professional dancing crowd of Sri Lanka?
Practice makes perfect. So, one has to practice as much as possible. It is not good to copy anyone. They have to get into the habit of producing dances with new creative ideas. Now, one can use dance videos appearing on Facebook and Youtube and create dances. So, everything that is being done should be done with the maximum effort. When others point out faults or mistakes, one should listen and attempt to correct them. When one is a dancer, one has to be very humble.
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