Sumanth Maroju and Sonali Majumdar are anything but bad at salsa

A formidable panel of celeb judges comprising Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell gave a standing ovation together with the viewers. Reason: The Indian duo of Sumanth Maroju and Sonali Majumdar — referred to as BAD Salsa — had put up a high-energy dance efficiency at the American expertise present competitors America’s Got Talent. As the viewers clapped and whistled and host Terry Crews’ expression made it evident he couldn’t imagine his eyes, they grew to become the discuss of the city for his or her energetic salsa tackle the track ‘Dhating Naach’ from the Bollywood movie Phata Poster Nikhla Hero.

The dancers shared that their stage identify BAD is an acronym for Bivash Academy of Dance that they are related to, producing a lot amusement among the many judges. The duo had been mentored by choreographer, teacher and BAD founder Bivash Chowdhury.


At the present, the duo insisted they might solely do BAD salsa, making the judges and crowd break into laughter. After the efficiency, Simon commented that he felt like he was watching a film with the quick ahead button on. Howie mentioned the duo is simply the alternative of bad salsa. To him, the dance was ‘dangerously’ good. Heidi mentioned she was in awe of the velocity of their steps and Sofia mentioned she needed to cease herself from becoming a member of. While all these post-performance feedback got here their means, Sumanth and Sonali stored smiling at the judges and all they mentioned was a ‘thank you’.

Having returned to India, Sumanth and Sonali are again to residing within the gurukul-like Academy with different college students and their teacher Bivash and his spouse. Bivash who hails from Kolkata has been educating dance for a very long time. He, nonetheless, got here into the limelight when in 2007, college students of his academy gained the Dance Bangla Dance regional actuality dance present.

“Sumanth who is from Bhubaneshwar came to me when he was not yet in his teens and Sonali would travel from a place called Bagda to my place in Kolkata twice a week. She and her family had to travel for five hours to get to the institute. Finally, her parents decided to let her stay so that she can train better. After that BAD Salsa students continued to win several dance performances. I finally moved to Mumbai because travelling for dance shows was getting expensive for us,” recollects Bivash.

Sumanth Maroju and Sonali Majumder (BAD Salsa) performing at America’s Got Talent
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 What makes BAD Salsa’s type stand out? “The speed, the signature steps along with salsa,” says Sumanth. Explains Bivash, “Every movie director has his style of direction. There is no name to it. Similarly, my signature dance moves have no specific name. I do a mix of acrobats, hip hop, trapeze along with salsa.”

Sumanth loves hip hop and says the duo is making waves within the dance scene as a result of their mother and father have all the time been supportive of their want to study dance.

Incidentally, the 2 grew to become a dancing pair accidentally. “While I was preparing some students for a reality show in 2012, Sonali’s partner fell ill. I made Sumanth her partner and after that, they have not looked back. The pair has a different hunger for dance, so their coordination is fantastic,” says Bivash.

With a number of wins beneath their belt, the dancers from his Academy dream of nothing but dance. “We have danced in every prominent platform in India and abroad and everyone loves us,” says Sonali. BAD Salsa’s wins embrace India’s Got Talent (Runners Up), title wins at Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on Colors TV season 6 and Dance Champions carried out by Remo D’Souza for Star Plus. The duo acquired observed internationally after they participated in Britain’s Got Talent in 2019.

America’s Got Talent Season 15 is streamed in India on Voot Select and will go on air on Colors Infinity channel.

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