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Three years ago,Akshay Unecha was in the audience watching a Latin dance competition at a college festival in Mumbai.

Three years ago,Akshay Unecha was in the audience watching a Latin dance competition at a college festival in Mumbai. The day became a defining moment for the 21-year-old. “I made a decision to learn the dance form,” says Unecha. He has now become the first Indian to win the Australia Salsa Championship,held in Sydney a week ago. After training with Rocky Poonawala for two years,Unecha went to Australia to train with choreographer Oliver Pineda,who is associated with popular television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance.

Within a few months,Unecha enrolled for the championship on Pineda’s advice. The championship was a nail-biter to the end — Unecha and his partner Sophie tied with another couple in one of the qualifying rounds; they won the final round by just one point. “We had tough competition — all the contestants were much more experienced than me. I strongly feel that dancing is more about passion than technique and experience,and that is probably the reason I won,” says Unecha.

He will fly back to Australia in October to begin training for the world championship in Hong Kong in 2013. Currently in the final year in a distance course in BBA from Tripura University,Unecha hopes to finish studies while training.

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First published on: 27-06-2012 at 12:31:04 am
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