Shailesh Bahoran is a versatile hip-hop dancer and choreographer who distinguishes himself through his phenomenal technique, originality and expression. He has firm roots in the hip-hop culture but is certainly not afraid to think outside the box. ‘In the end it’s all dance’ according to Bahoran.
At the end of the nineties the breakdance virus took hold of him. He mastered various styles: b-boying, locking and popping and made a name for himself and for his crew Illusionary Rockaz in the battle circuit. In 2002, Shailesh and the Rockaz created the first Dutch hip-hop dance performance Age of Chaos. Since then he has become a much sought-after dancer, coach, and choreographer in the theater scene. He has worked with The Dutch National Ballet, Don’t Hit Mama, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Korzo and the Amsterdam Academy for the Arts. Since 2011, Shailesh is connected with the crossover dance company ISH as a dancer and choreographer. In 2013 he received the New Makers subsidy from Performing Arts Fund NL, which helped him start an intensive research trajectory with Korzo, ISH, and Spin OFF. He created several successful productions in which he used his Hindustani background as a source of inspiration.
In October 2017, Shailesh was awarded the Prize of the Dutch Dance Days Maastricht: 'With integrity and respect Bahoran emphasizes the power of individuality.’ For his work Ignite he, together with ISH, received the Prize of the Dutch Dance Days Internationalization.