Trailer of dance documentary on Indian ballet dancer unveiled

Call me dancer, a documentary film by Leslie Shampaine and Pip Gilmour, had its official trailer launch, hosted by Meridian International Center in Washington, DC, on September 8. More than 80 people filled the room to hear lead protagonist and Indian ballet dancer, Manish Chauhan, reveal his inspirational story about pursuing the arts professionally despite growing up in the slums, accompanied by director Shampaine, Executive Producer Jitin Hingorani and moderator/host Rina Shah. The conversation was followed by an intimate, contemporary dance performance by Chauhan, choreographed by Lucy Bowen McCauley and accompanied on tabla by Broto Roy.  Chauhan’s U.S. solo debut took place at the Kennedy Center on September 14, 2021, which was also filmed as the climactic end of the documentary (release date January 2022).

Chauhan doing a high kick as part of his performance

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