Founded in 2003, the Wanted Ashiqz are an accomplished group of trained, all-male Bollywood dancers who seamlessly fuse Bollywood and hip-hop dance styles along with fearless humor and athletic ability to create spectacular displays of dance and entertainment. The troupe prides itself on its unique ability to merge the art of storytelling with intricate choreography from many different genres of dance. Under Artistic Director Ashif Gazi, the Wanted Ashiqz have been National Champions in the South Asian competitive dance circuit and are one of the most popular Bollywood dance troupes on the scene, performing at various corporate events, commercial shoots, concerts and weddings all over the United States.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
World of Dance
Boogie Woogie International Competition
Best of the Best Dance Competition
Naach Naach Revolution Dance Competition
Phillyfest Dance Competition
Dance Fusion Dance Competition
Naachvention Dance Competition
Showdown Dance Competition
Sapna Dance Competition
Bollywood Fashion Awards
New York Mets Baseball Game
Verizon Commercial Photo Shoot
Barclays Capital Diwali Event
FIA Gala with Shahrukh Khan
Charity Event with Karan Johar and Mira Nair
Erasing Borders: Festival of Indian Dance
Tonus Energy Drink Commercial
West Indian beauty pageant with Bipasha Basu
Miss India New York
India's Independence Day Parade
The Nirali Fashion Show
"Ta Ra Rum Pum" Film starring Saif Ali Khan &
Jay Sean Concert
Juggy D Concert
The Bilz & Kashif Concert
ABOUT THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Ashif Gazi is currently the creative director and head choreographer of the nation's premiere all male Bollywood/Fusion Dance troupe, The Wanted Ashiqz. At an early age, Ashif was inspired by the late Michael Jackson and the plethora of Bollywood films played in his home. He would mimic the choreography of his favorite stars and would eventually go on to learning various forms of Indian dance styles. As he grew older, Ashif wanted to broaden his dance repertoire by taking classes and learning different Western dance genres. This, along with years of experience in dancing and choreographing for his Bollywood dance teams, has propelled him to become one of the most dynamic Bollywood choreographers. His ability to fuse various Indian dance forms with western styles and theatrics is what makes him so unique. Specifically, Ashif is most known for integrating Hip-hop with predominantly Bollywood-Filmi dance styles.
Ashif has led his Bollywood dance team to nationwide recognition as they have won numerous national dance competitions with their innovative themes, colorful Bollywood sets and costumes, and intricate choreography. He has also led them to become the first Bollywood team to compete in and win a globally recognized hip-hop competition, World of Dance. Through the years, Ashif has had the privilege of choreographing for and dancing alongside many great Bollywood artists such as: Shahrukh Khan, Bipasha Basu, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherji, Sonali Bendre, RDB, Raghav, and Pop-R&B sensation from Cash Money Records, Jay Sean. Ashif’s choreography was also featured on stage for Hollywood and Bollywood directors such as Mira Nair and Karan Johar.
Ashif’s greatest asset lies in his ability to entertain the audience. In a very female driven world of Bollywood dance, Ashif’s over-the-top visions break the stereotypical barriers and thrill the audience with each performance. He is a firm believer that every performance should be much more than just dancing; it should take the audience on a journey. Ashif is now looking forward to expanding those creative projects onto bigger platforms, and hopes to propel Bollywood further into global media.