Terence Lewis (choreographer)

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Terence Lewis
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Lewis at the NRI Of The Year awards in Mumbai in 2017
Born (1975-04-10) 10 April 1975 (age 45)
OccupationArtistic Director, Choreographer

Terence Lewis (born 10 April 1975) is an Indian dancer and choreographer, specializing in contemporary dance. He is known as a choreographer and judge in reality dance series Dance India Dance season 1, 2 & 3 (2009–2012)[1][2] He runs his 'Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company' in Mumbai, holds dance workshops both in India and abroad. He has choreographed Bollywood films like, Lagaan (2001), Jhankaar Beats (2003) and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), apart from musicals, stage shows, ads, music videos and national and international dance competitions, as well as starring in a music video for DJ Hot Remix Vol.3 called Badan Pe Sitare (Remix of old song by Harry Anand)[3][4][5] He was recently a judge of Nach Baliye 5, along with actress Shilpa Shetty and film director Sajid Khan. And currently seen judging Nach Baliye Shriman v/s Shrimati along with actress and Nach Baliye 5 judge Shilpa Shetty and film director and choreographer Farah Khan. Terence Lewis also got Staar Parivaar Award for Favourite Judge. He also choreographed Disney India's first theatre production Beauty and the Beast. Presently he is one of the judges of India's best dancer.

Early life and training[edit]

Raised in Mumbai in a Mangalorean Catholic [6] family of Xavier Lewis and Teresa Lewis, Lewis is the youngest of eight siblings. He studied and started dancing in St. Theresa's Boys High School, and St. Xavier's college, Mumbai.[citation needed] He is graduated from IHM Mumbai formerly known as Dadar Catering College. He is trained in jazz, ballet and contemporary dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in New York.[4]


Lewis is a choreographer in Bollywood films and musicals, stage shows, ads and music videos.[5] He has choreographed a number of films and musicals as a choreographer. Lewis has choreographed a number of stage shows, Indian contemporary performances, Bollywood Shows, corporate launches, Broadway Westend musicals, feature films, several popular music videos, and has appeared in advertisements. Lewis won the 2002 American Choreography Award for his choreography for songs of the movie Lagaan along with Saroj Khan, Raju Khan, Ganesh Hegde and Vaibhavi Merchant.[7]

He has choreographed international stage shows, Bollywood shows, corporate launches, Broadway Westend musicals, feature films, ads and music videos. He is the first Indian to receive the danceWEB Europe Scholarship, representing India in Vienna, Austria. He's currently a judge in the same celebrity couple dance competition but its sixth season.

Dance India Dance[edit]

Terence Lewis has been a judge on Dance India Dance for its past two seasons. In the first season, he and his contestant, Alisha Singh, came in second place, with Mohammed Shakti Mohan wins Dance India Dance website.</ref> In the third season, his contestant, Pradeep Gurung, came in second place behind Rajasmita Kar. He is also going to judge another dance show, Chak Dhoom Dhoom, on the Colors television channel.

In the third season of Dance India Dance, Lewis is still part of the judging panel along with Remo D'Souza and Geeta Kapoor. The most shocking event to happen during the season 3 auditions was the participation of his former assistant, who did so without informing Lewis. Lewis did not judge his performance and left it to the other two judges, who selected him for the next round regardless.

Fear Factor-Khatron Ke Khiladi (Level 3)[edit]

Lewis was the contestant of the third season of Colors TV's Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi anchored by Priyanka Chopra. Lewis chose Ananya Kapoor as his partner, and she is from Indore/New Delhi, studying engineering from Indore and schooled from Air Force Bal Bharti School, New Delhi. The 3rd Level for 13 New Boys was held in Copacabana, Brazil. He was eliminated in the 11th Episode.


He has done more than 25 movies and musical albums. Lewis is well known for his work on Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Gold.

In 2020, a biopic documentary about his own life "Terence Lewis, Indian Man" directed by the French director Pierre X. Garnier will be released.


Year Name Role Channel Notes Ref
2009 Dance India Dance 1 Himself Zee TV Judge
2009–2010 Dance India Dance 2
2009–2010 chak dhoom dhoom
2010 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 3 Contestant Colors TV Eliminated 11th
2011–2012 Dance India Dance 3 Himself Zee TV Judge
2012–2013 Nach Baliye 5 Star Plus
2013–2014 Nach Baliye 6
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest Colors TV
2015 Dance India Dance Super Moms 2 Himself Zee TV Judge
2016 So You Think You Can Dance &TV
2017 The Kapil Sharma Show Guest Sony TV
Nach Baliye 8 Himself Judge
The Drama Company Guest Sony TV Along with Gauhar Khan
Dance Champions Himself Star Plus Judge
Dance Plus 3 Guest
2018 Dance Plus 4
2019 Kitchen Champion 5 Contestant Colors TV
2019 Dance Plus (season 5) Guest Star Plus Along with Geeta Kapoor [8]
2020 India's Best Dancer Himself Sony TV Judge [9]


  1. ^ "Our dance is more than just technical: Terrence". The Times of India. 3 November 2012. ..Terrence Lewis who introduced Indian audience to what is now popularly known as 'contemporary'..
  2. ^ "I don't enjoy doing films, says Terence Lewis". The Times of India. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Terence Lewis attempts to break world record". The Times of India. 16 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b "A Contemporary Twist". Indian Express. 12 March 2008. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "The 'naach' master". The Hindu. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Terence Lewis' bread pudding". The Times of India. 30 July 2013.
  7. ^ Award Internet Movie Database.
  8. ^ "Geeta Kapur and Terence Lewis join Remo D'souza in Dance+ 5". IWMBuzz. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Malaika Arora, Geeta Kapur & Terence Lewis to judge Sony TV's new dance show". BizAsia. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.

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