Shailesh Bahoran


Shailesh Bahoran is a versatile hip hop dancer and choreographer who distinguishes himself through his phenomenal technique, originality and expression.

At the end of the nineties he mastered various styles: bboying, 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 worked with companies and groups such as The Dutch National Ballet, Don’t Hit Mama, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Amsterdam Academy for the Arts.

Since 2011, Shailesh has been connected with the crossover dance company ISH as a dancer and choreographer. In 2013, he received the New Makers subsidy from the Fonds Podiumkunsten. In the productions to be made during this development programme, Bahoran will use his Hindustani background as a source of inspiration. His first solo, Heritage, which he created in this course for the India Dance Festival, was nominated for the Danspublieksprijs 2014.

Shailesh joined Shobana Jeyasingh Dance for Material Men in 2015.

Photo: Steven Tips