Terence Lewis Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Early Life And Education
Terence Lewis was born 10th April 1975, to Xavier and Teresa Lewis. He was born in Mumbai, India, and is the youngest of eight children. He first started training in dance whilst attending St. Theresa’s Boys High School in Mumbai. He learned jazz and ballet.
He later studied microbiology at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai but had to change to hotel management and psychology due to the financial commitments required. Later on, he studied dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and also the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in New York.
Terence Lewis was a straight-A student, and his intelligence enabled him to land a high-paying position, which in turn, allowed him to pursue his career in dance, which was his first love. Not only is Terence Lewis a dancer, but he is also a talented choreographer. His debut as a choreographer in movies was in 2001 when he choreographed a dance for the Indian Hindi movie, Lagaan, which was a hit film at the time. Between 2003 and 2006 he choreographed dance scenes for various movies and videos.
In 2007, Terence Lewis began to teach Bollywood and contemporary Indian dance, through his school, the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company, based in Mumbai. As well as holding his dance workshops in India, he also regularly teaches around the world.
Terence Lewis has been a judge on Dance India Dance for three seasons, between 2009 and 2012. He is very talented and highly sought after for his choreography skills. Lewis has worked on many movies, music videos, musicals, and stage productions. He has worked on over 25 movies to date.
Awards And Honors
2001: American Choreography Award – for excellent choreography in movie songs
2006: Best Choreographer Award – Edinburgh Fringe Festival