How to become a respected ballet dancer | DW Documentary

In his village in Haryana, Pawan Kumar’s family wants him to get a job in a factory. But in his heart, he dreams of becoming something different, something “you don’t do as a man” – a ballet dancer. Making a living from ballet might seem unrealistic and gender norms discourage him from giving it his all. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Ashley Lobo invites Pawan to his studio in Mumbai to challenge Pawan’s idea of what being a ballet dancer really means. Can he really make it as a professional dancer? Through Ashley’s tests, he also gets to know the hurdles of the industry itself.

Find a job, have a family, make money – what if this is not your dream, but your parent’s idea and your community’s norms? To free yourself, go on a journey. With the help of your role model, you will find out: can you take charge of your own life and make your own choices? DW presents ‘Choices: Dare to Dream’.

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