Shawn Thomas making the Indian community proud through his creative achievements; he’s part of TV3’s The Great New Zealand Dance Masala, a competition showcasing a variety of dancing styles including classical, traditional, hip hop and Bollywood. Shawn a judge on this Indian-inspired dance show; the first of its kind.

Shawn was a a past president of the University of Canterbury Indian Students association and a member of the Youth Reference Group for the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. As for his more creative successes; Shawn was the creator behind Bollywood Dreams, a Christchurch dance company, and recently directed and choreographed the company’s third annual show:Ghandi—Journey through Music. One of Bollywood Dreamsearliest performances was at the 2015 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony in Christchurch.

Shawn has taken up several development opportunities in his journey as a young leader.  He is an alumni of the Office of Ethnic Communities’ Young Leaders programme, and he graduated with a Master of Science in Child and Family Psychology in 2017

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Photo courtesy of New Zealand Herald

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