Irfan qurashi | dancer
help Irfan advocate for
"Overcoming the negative stigma of mental health."
Born in India, raised in New York and pursuing his art in Chicago, Irfan Qurashi found his passion for dance at 13 years old. He discovered popping & B-boying and trained himself in those styles at a young age, watching battles & cyphers on YouTube. After high school, he then went on to join dance companies throughout Chicago, beginning with Nonstop Dance Productions, directed by Sonya Bunges, and then competing with The Puzzle League, under the direction of Davina Pasiewicz, Matt Pumanes & Andrew Phan, and C.O.D.A, under the direction of Teddy Chavez, Dee More, and Andre Patterson. He's also received training from Trae Turner, founder and director of Boom Crack! Dance Company as well as Daz Harris, John Silver and Cj Salvador. In 2010, Irfan began training at every Young Lions Workshop offered in Chicago, and continues to train under Ian Eastwood, along with various other choreographers/instructors they've brought to Chicago. He has also been awarded with scholarships to The Pulse Dance Convention and Broadway Dance Center in New York.
Irfan Qurashi continues to train his free-styling, fundamentals, & choreography though classes, workshops, battles, cyphers and many other outlets in Chicago, LA, and New York, to provide the best class experience for anyone willing to learn from him, whether kids, professionals or friends of his own. Irfan believes in nothing more than hard work, focus, discipline and dedication that will get you through dance in order to achieve your goals.
“A great student is what a great teacher hopes to be.” - Keone Madrid
why this cause matters to the artist
The organization I chose to represent is Hope for the Day, a nonprofit that empowers individuals to reduce suicide rates by being proactive on prevention, no longer waiting for a point of crisis to start the conversation on mental health. This performance, this dance number and the cause I chose to represent - is a showcase to my partner who suffers from mental behavioral issues that can greatly impact her life and our relationship. But no matter what, I choose to be a caring and supportive partner to her. This set is a reaffirmation to her, that “no matter what, I belong with you, through everything we may go through.” The negative stigma of mental health issues should be taken seriously, and can be overcome with a nurturing, positive support system.