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ASHLEY LOBO

Founder and Artistic Director of The Danceworx
Artistic Director of Navdhara India Dance Theatre

Ashley Lobo’s involvement in theatre and dance goes back over 30 years and was the inevitable result of being brought up in a very artistic environment. His mother, Celia Lobo, is a well renowned and respected opera singer and theatre personality.

While growing up in Bombay, he worked with directors and choreographers like AlyquePadamsee, Krishna Bhargava, Celia Lobo, Karla Singh, Salome Roy Kapoor and others, in several productions like Best of Broadway, Grease, Cascades, They’re Playing Our Song, Cabaret, Evita, etc.

He moved to Sydney, Australia in 1989. There he studied dance at the Bodenweiser Dance Centre (under the late Margaret Chapple) and the much-reputed Sydney Dance Company.

Ashley has trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary styles of dance extensively for over 5 years and performed in several musicals in Australia. Theatrical works overseas include: The Nutcracker (Ballet Theatre Queensland, Brisbane), The Wiz (Barre Theatre Co., Sydney) and West Side Story (Barre Theatre Co., Sydney). He also did television and promotional work with numerous international stars like Peter Andre, Danni Minogue, and Teen Queens while studying in Australia.

In 1998, Ashley moved back to India to found The Danceworx Performing Arts Academy. Today, the academy has over 5500 students & 18 studios between New Delhi and Mumbai. Styles taught include Jazz, Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Social Dance.

He has been a member of the guest teacher faculties of National School of Drama and Barry John’s IMAGO School of Theatre Studies.

Musicals & Dance Theatre Productions

  • JHUMROO, Kingdom of Dreams (2012): directed by Vikranth Pawar; choreographed by Ashley Lobo & Pankaj Guglani
  • Ji Saab Ji (2010): directed by Lushin Dubey; choreographed by Ashley Lobo & Shohini Dutta
  • Salaam India (2008& 2010): directed by Lushin Dubey; choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • The Box (2006): conceived, written & directed by Ashley Lobo; choreographed by Ashley Lobo & senior students of The Danceworx Student Repertory Company
  • About Nothing (2003 & 2007): conceived, written & directed by Ashley Lobo; choreographed by Ashley Lobo & senior members of The Danceworx Student Repertory Company
  • Short Cut (2003): directed by Ranjit Kapoor (National School of Drama); choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • Passage to Amsterdam (2002): conceived, written, directed and choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • That’s Dancing! (2001): conceived & directed by Ashley Lobo; choreographed by Ashley Lobo & senior members of The Danceworx Student Repertory Company
  • Buddha (2000): directed by Lushin Dubey; choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • The Chorus Line (1999): directed by Ashley Lobo & Vivek Mansukhani; choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • Romeo & Juliet in Technicolor (1999): directed by Roysten Abel (National School of Drama); choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • Les Miserables (1998): directed by Lushin Dubey; choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • Matilda (1996): directed by Lushin Dubey; choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1995): directed by George Pulinkala (Delhi Music Theatre); choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (1994): directed by Lushin Dubey; choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • Me and My Girl (1994): directed by Lillete Dubey & Sita Raina; choreographed by Ashley Lobo
  • West Side Story (1989): directed by George Pulinkala (Delhi Music Theatre); choreographed by Ashley Lobo

Films

  • Bombay Velvet, director Anurag Kashyab
  • Tamasha, director Imtiaz Ali
  • Lekar Hum DeewanaDil, director Arif Ali
  • Highway,director Imtiaz Ali
  • One By Two, director DevikaBhagat
  • Boss, director Anthony D’Souza
  • Cocktail, director Homi Adajania
  • Rockstar, director Imtiaz Ali
  • No One Killed Jessica, director Raj Kumar Gupta
  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama, director Luv Ranjan
  • Aazaan, directorPrashantChadha
  • Guzaarish, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Aisha, director Rajshree Ojha
  • Teen Patti, director Leena Yadav
  • Blue, director Anthony D’Souza
  • Love Aaj Kal, director Imtiaz Ali
  • U, Me Aur Hum, director Ajay Devgan
  • Jab We Met, director Imtiaz Ali
  • No Smoking, director Anurag Kashyap
  • Namastey London, director Vipul Shah
  • Ahista Ahista, director Shivam Nair
  • Dhoom, director Sanjay Gadhvi
  • Socha Na Tha, director Imtiaz Ali
  • In Othello, director Roysten Abel

special events

  • 1000 Day Countdown to Commonwealth Games 2010, performed at India Gate, New Delhi (2008)
  • Worldwide Launch of Microsoft Vista, performed at The Taj Mahal, Agra (2007)
  • International Film Festival of India, opening ceremony in Goa (2006)
  • Tribute to R.D. Burman, musical concert with Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy in Goa (IFFI 2006)
  • Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai (2006)
  • Love Sees No Colour, World Peace Day Anthem, endorsed by Nelson Mandela, involving 22 countries(conceived by Nassiri, an international singer, songwriter & philanthropist), shot at the Taj Mahal, Agra (2006)
  • Commonwealth Games XVIII Queen's Baton Relay, performed at the National Stadium, New Delhi (2005)
  • Bhartiya Pravasi Milan, a cultural evening organized by the Government of India, directed by Muzzaffar Ali, performed at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi (2004)
  • The Taj Mahal Hotel Centenary Celebration, a show organized by The Taj Group of Hotels to celebrate 100 years of The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, performed at The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai (2003)
  • United for Gujarat, a show organized in aid of the victims of the Gujarat earthquake featuring bands from India (Euphoria & Silk Route), Pakistan (Junoon) and Bangladesh (Miles), performed at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi (2001)
  • The Republic Day Parade, at New Delhi for the Ministry of Textiles (2000 & 2001)
  • Jesu Krist Jayanti 2000, a show organized by the Government of Delhi, performed at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi (2000)

Television

  • Judge on India's Dancing Superstar, dance reality show on Star Plus
  • Host (dance fitness segment) on Good Morning India Show, a daily show on Star Plus (over 250 episodes)

Ad Films

  • John Player print ad campaign, featuring Hrithik Roshan
  • Disney Channel promos
  • Metro Shoes ad film
  • Vivelad film, starring Kareena Kapoor
  • Lux ad film, starring Aishwarya Rai
  • Tata Indicom Motorazr ad film, starring Isha Sharvani
  • Agni Jewellery ad film, starring Riya Sen

Music Videos

  • Outrageous by Sherlyn Chopra, director Prahlad Kakkar
  • Aare Aare by Sandesh Shandilya, director Imtiaz Ali
  • I am So Lonely by Sangeet Haldipur, director Leena Yadav
  • Mundeya by Aiysha (international artist), director Gary Rogers
  • Bheega Badan by Aiysha (international artist), director Mohammed Burmawala
  • Dhoom Dhoom by Tata Young (international artist), director Arjun Sablok (Yash Raj Films)
  • Maar Dala by Nirmal Pandey, director Pradeep Sarkar

Ashley's future plans are to spread The Danceworx across the country. He also plans to set-up a formal full-time performing arts academy with students & staff in residence, along with a professional repertory company.