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Chandigarh Marks Its Presence on the Global Competitive Salsa Map

Varun D S Rana

Thirty-nine-year-old, Varun DS Rana, a Dance Sport & Salsa trainer from Tricity who has been promoting Dance Sport and has also judged the National DanceSport Championship since 2019, has recently made Chandigarh and the country proud!

He has become the first Indian salsa expert to judge the prestigious International Dance Style World Championship ‘World Salsa Summit, in Miami (USA). Additionally, he has also become the first Indian to judge a world dance championship in an International Style & that too outside India.

Varun, who is not only the first Indian but also the only Asian to get an opportunity to judge the summit in the ‘Official Panel’ of ‘World Salsa Summit’ said, “I am fortunate that I got this wonderful opportunity to judge the ‘World Salsa Dance Championship’, which is in a way is the Mecca of ‘Salsa’. Representing your country in an international arena always gives you a proud feeling.”

Rana started his dance journey in 2000 from Chandigarh and shot to fame from the dance reality show ‘Dance Dance’ in 2005 on Sony Entertainment Television. Ever since then, he has been representing Tricity & India at various National & International platforms respectively. As an instructor, Varun has taught Dancesport & Salsa at workshops held across many countries such as Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal, Hong Kong.

Notably, Rana, who is the National Coach (Salsa), All India Dance Sport Federation & has also founded Club Salsa International has produced a lot of young talent. Among his trainees is the youngest Indian ‘World Salsa Championship’ winner, Aashna Bagri, who won the title while participating in the Pro-Am (14-17) year’s age category in 2020.

“India has a lot of talent, what we need to do is create more platforms so that youngsters can showcase their skill in front of the whole world. To create such opportunities, I am planning to unveil my own dance show which will promote upcoming talent for International dance championships,” shared Rana.

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