Raghav Juyal

Raghav Juyal (born 10 June 1991)[1] is an Indian dancer, choreographer, anchor and actor. He has been called King of Slow Motion for his surreal dance moves in slow motion style and for his reinvention of the Slow Motion Walk. His stage name Crockroaxz describes his dancing style which is an amalgamation of being "powerful like a crocodile" and '"creepy like a cockroach". [2][3]

Raghav Juyal
Juyal (left) on the sets of Dance Plus with Hrithik Roshan (right)
Native name
Hindi: राघव जुयाल
Born (1991-06-10) 10 June 1991
NationalityIndian
Other namesCrockroaxz
OccupationDancer, Choreographer, Actor, Host
Years active2011 – present
StyleSlow Motion, Lyrical Hip-Hop, Dubstep Popping, Cockroch-Style
Parent(s)Deepak Juyal (Father)
Alka Bakshi (Mother)
Websiteraghavjuyal.com

He became known after being a finalist in Zee TV dance reality shows such as Dance India Dance (Season 3), as a skipper for the team Raghav Ke Rockstars in DID Li'l Masters 2[4] and Dance Ke Superkids where his team was declared the winner under his captainship.[5]

Career

Dance India Dance (Season 3)

Raghav became known when his audition video went viral on YouTube. He was a contestant on Dance India Dance 3 (2012), which aired on Zee TV. He dubbed himself as Crockroaxz and was not professionally trained by anyone prior to coming on the show. Raghav showcased a new dance style but wasn't selected in the Top 18 by the Grand Master in Mega Audition. Later, on public demand, Grand Master Mithun Chakraborty made an exception in the format by reintroducing him on the show as his Trump Card in the Wild Card round, through which he entered the competition again.[6]

Thereafter, Raghav created different dance-forms and reached the finale. He was the most popular contestant of the season having garnered the most No. 1 positions in weekly voting. At the Grand finale, he was voted with 3,481,685 votes in the 2nd runner up position.[7]

DID Li'L Masters (Season 2)

After DID, Raghav became the skipper of team Raghav Ke Rockstars in DID Li'l masters (Season 2) where he choreographed for Saumya Rai, and Rohan Parkale.[8] He was the only skipper to lead both of his students to the Grand finale, in which Rohan and Saumya attained 2nd and 3rd runner up positions respectively.

Dance Ke Superkids

Raghav then choreographed for Zee TV's show Dance Ke Superkids as the Captain of DID Li'l Masters (Season 2) team Yahoo and competed against DID Li'l Masters (Season 1) team Wakao – with Dharmesh Yelande as the Captain.[9] In the Grand Finale, his team was declared the winner.

2014–present

He played a pivotal role in a Bollywood feature film Sonali Cable produced by Ramesh Sippy Entertainment which was released on 17 October 2014 on demand.[10] The critics singled out Raghav's vivacious performance and praised his screen presence.[11]

He also worked in the film ABCD 2 which was released on 19 June 2015, directed by Remo D'Souza co-starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. He also hosted the show Dance Plus on Star Plus,[12] and Prem Ki Diwali along with Karishma Tanna ,broadcast on Life Ok. He was seen in Khatron Ke Khiladi season 7 as a contestant, and hosted the season 2 of the show Dance Plus which aired on Star Plus.[13] He hosted Rising Star along with Meiyang Chang in early 2017 which aired on Colors TV. He has also hosted Dance Plus (season 3). In October 2017, he began co-hosting the dance contest TV show Dance Champions with Ridhima Pandit, as well as hosting Dance Plus season 4.[14]

Influences

Raghav accredited learning dance from the internet and television.[15] He created a fusion mainly inspired from the slow yet powerful movements of a Crocodile and the swiftness of a Cockroach.[16]

His signature step is his Slow Motion Walk. Choreographers like Remo D'Souza and Terrence Lewis have stated that, they had never seen anyone emulate the effect as realistically, before Raghav.

Personal life

He is the son of Deepak Juyal, an advocate, and Alka Bakshi Juyal. Raghav was born and brought up in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Born in a Garhwali family he belongs to his ancestral village Khetu in Uttarkhand.[17]

Raghav had never taken any formal training in dance, but picked it up from watching performances on internet and television. He started winning laurels as a dancer right from his days in Doon International School. Later, he joined DAV (PG) College to pursue his B.Com.[18]

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
2014Sonali CableSadaReleased on 10 October 2014[19]
2015ABCD 2Raghav (Crockx)Released on 19 June 2015
2018NawabzaadeKaranReleased on 27 July 2018
2020Bahut Hua SammaanTBA
2020Street DancerTBAReleasing on 24 January 2020[20]

Television

Year Show Channel Note(s)
2019 Dance Plus 5 Star Plus Host
2018 Dil Hai Hindustani (season 2) Star Plus Host
2017/18 Super Dancer Sony TV guest appearances
2017 Entertainment Ki Raat Colors TV guest appearances
2017 Dance Champions Star Plus Host/(Guest 28 October 2017)[21]
2018/2019 Dance Plus (season 4) Star Plus Host
2017 Colors Golden Petal Awards Colors TV Host
2017 Dance Plus (season 3) Star Plus Host
2017 Rising Star Colors TV Host
2016 Dance Plus 2 Star Plus Host
2016 Colors Golden Petal Awards Colors TV Co-Host
2016 Star Parivaar Awards Star Plus Appearance as Co-host and guest performance
2016 Timeless Asha Zee Classic Co-host and Guest Performance
2015 Life OK Prem ki Diwali Life OK Co-host
2016Fear Factor: Khatron Ke KhiladiColors TVTop 5
2016Ishkiyaon DhishkiyaonStar PlusCo-host and guest performance with Shakti Mohan
2015Dance PlusStar PlusHost
2015Nach Baliye 7Star PlusPromotion of ABCD2 and Dance Plus
2015Dance India Dance Super Moms 2Zee TVPromotion of ABCD 2
2014Dance India Dance (season 4)Zee TVFinale performance(with Sumedh Mudgalkar)
2014Dance India Dance Li'l Masters 3Zee TVSkipper of team Raghav Ke Rockstars
2013Dance India Dance (season 4)Zee TVGuest Performance on 20 December 2013
2013Dance India Dance Super MomsZee TVSkipper
2012Dance Ke SuperkidsZee TVCaptain of winning team DID Li'l Masters 2 (Yahoo)
2012Zee Gold AwardsZee TVGuest Performance
2012Dance India Dance Li'l Masters 2Zee TVSkipper of team Raghav Ke Rockstars
2012Dance India Dance (season 3)Zee TVSecond runner up (Season 3)
2011Chak Dhoom Dhoom (season 2) Team ChallengeColors TVPerformed with dance group D-maniax
2019Khatra Khatra KhatraColors TVGuest/Recurring

References

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  2. "He is slow, and yet Swift!". dnasyndication.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
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  5. "Dance Ke Superkids: Team Yahoo lifts the winner's trophy". ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  6. "A twist in the tale of 'Dance India Dance'". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  7. "Raghav Juyal third highest voted dancing star in DID-3". metromasti.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  8. "'Dance is a different religion,' says Croackroaz". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  9. "Farah Khan and Geeta Kapoor team up". hindustantimes.com. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
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  11. "Sonali Cable Review". ndtv.com. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  12. "Star Plus Dance +,Remo D'Souza". spellceleb.com. 13 July 2015.
  13. "Sasha Chettri and Raghav Juyal to host Dance Plus 2016 (Season 2)". danceplus2016.com.
  14. "Vaibhavi Merchant recreates Kajrare on Dance Champions". Times of India. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  15. "He dances to his own tune". dnasyndication.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  16. "Bright days ahead for Doon celebrity". tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012. "Croc-Roach," was said to have been inspired from the slow movement of a crocodile and the swiftness of cockroach.
  17. "Meet the Crockroaz family". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  18. "Skeptical parents now Raghav Juyal's biggest fans". Garhwal Post. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  19. Yahoo (1 August 2013). "Release date".
  20. "Street Dancer: Varun Dhawan kicks off second schedule of the film in snowy London". in.com. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  21. Dance, Champions. "Dance Champions". Archived from the original on 15 September 2017.
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