Pruthvi Ramaswamy started Steps, one of the well-known dance studios, a few years back and was doing good when the pandemic hit. Like many, he has had his share of problems, but he says he is lucky to be doing well despite the situation.
Bemoaning that many dance studios shut right in front of his eyes in such a short period, Pruthvi maintains that he could retain some staff, and starting online classes helped a lot. Trained in New York in ballet, jazz, and hip hop, Pruthvi says his main focus is to help students develop fluidity while dancing.
Another dance studio owner Chandrasekhar of Chandu Wow Dance, who ran five centers previously, is now running two and even provides boarding and lodging to some of his past staff. He, too, survives through online classes these days, and luckily for him, he has many foreign clients who want to learn Bollywood moves, which bring in good moolah even during the pandemic. He confesses teaching krumping online is tricky but says he now focuses on hip hop and Bollywood dances.
As for backup dancers like Vani, life has turned a full circle. There was a time when there were a lot of corporate events, weddings, and functions. However, being part of the Telugu Film Industry has helped her and few others like her. She says she has a steady income and shows thanks to dance masters. Instagram has been a huge help to collaborate and find work, shares Vani.