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Meet The Beast / Founder:


Shifu Ash is a dance movement researcher, philosopher, choreographer & visual artist based in Mumbai, India. His expertise lies in movement practices such as Wing Chun, Aikido, Modern Contemporary Dance, Ballet and Contact Improvisation with an experience of 20 years. He is also a former member of CID-UNESCO Paris (International Dance Council) and the founding member & CEO of ProDancer.


As a movement practitioner he has trained with number of masters like: Grandmaster IP Chun, Nancy Stark Smith, David Zambrano, Frey Faust, Sara Shelton Mann, Kira Kirsch, Andrew De Lotbinière Hardwood, Akram Khan, Desmond Richardson, Era Jouravlev, Stephanie Godino, Terence Lewis, Mia Michael, Sonya Tayeh, Anjelika Doniy, Danny Ezralow,  Ohad Naharin… to name a few.

He has been invited to teach at some of the prestigious dance festivals & companies in India & abroad like Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival,  International Contact Festival Freiburg, Tanssille Ry Helsinki, Goa Contact Festival, Portugal Contact Festival, Tallinn University BFM Koreografia, Goa Dance Residency, Berlin Contact Festival, Contact Meets Contemporary Festival Goettingen, Tokyo Nomadic Residency, Chinchintalu Festival Dubai, Divadlo Studio Tanca, Henny Jurriens Studio Amsterdam, Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Perfect Prague, Nritya Shakti, Institute Of Classical & Modern Dance India, Saint Petersburg Conservatory Dance, Radi Sveta Art, SDVIG Studio Saint Petersburg, etc.

In the year 2021 Shifu Ash was titled  "The Saint Beast" by the International Martial Arts Federation Japan and was also featured as the cover artist for the martial art magazine Jissen. His current project involves choreographing for an upcoming feature film in India and co-curating dance festivals like Partner Dance International Festival & India Contact Festival.


What is CD?

Combat Dance is a perpetually evolving reference system, an archive of information compiled by hybridising information from many movement practices. As a movement practice it focuses on finding the hidden connections of inner & outer space.  CD offers a higher complexity of the combinations, high physical challenges, and an emphasis on speed, dynamics, and risks.

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