Piyush Gurbhele is an Indian dancer and choreographer. He is popularly known for winning the dance reality show ‘Dance Deewane Season 3.’ He is also known for being the second runner-up at the dance show ‘Dance India Dance Season 6.’
Piyush Gurbhele was born on Wednesday, 6 January 1999 (age 22 years; as of 2021) in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. Piyush was passionate about dancing since childhood. He participated in almost every dance competition held in his school and city. Piyush joined Poison rock star Dance Academy for enhancing his dancing skills.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Weight (approx.): 55 Kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Piyush has a Lord Buddha’s face tattoo inked on his right arm. He has two more tattoos on his body.
Parents & Siblings
Piyush Gurbhele was born in a middle-class family in Nagpur, Maharashtra. His father, Kishore Gurbhele, was a private bank employee. His mother, Lata Gurbhele, is a homemaker. He has an elder brother, Kinshuk Gurbhele, who is employed at a private firm.
Piyush Gurbhele began his career as a dancer in 2017 with a television dancing reality show ‘Dance India Dance Season 6.’ The Zee TV show was mentored by Mudassar Khan, Marzi Pestonji, and Mini Pradhan, and was co-hosted by Sahil Khattar and Amruta Khanvilkar. Piyush auditioned for the show and impressed the judges with his dancing skills after which he was selected by the mentor Mini Pradhan for her team ‘Mini ke master blaster.’ Piyush refined his skills with each passing performance and gained popularity for his dancing skills. Piyush was one of the favourite contestants of the Master judge Mithun Chakraborty and became the 2nd runner up of the show.
Piyush Gurbhele after becoming a popular dancing face in India decided to use his existing dancing skills and work towards being a dance choreographer for which he moved to West Bengal and joined the Dance Addiction Dance Academy there. Piyush took part in a number of dance and choreography workshops organised in the academy. After brushing up his skills as a choreographer, Piyush collaborated with Sanket Gaonkar, his best friend he made on Dance India Dance. They created a dance academy called ‘Sankush,’ which is derived from the names of Sanket and Piyush. San in Sankush stands for Sanket and ush means Piyush. Their association organised dance classes across the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and West Bengal.
Piyush Gurbhele got the breakthrough for his career after participating in the Indian dance reality show ‘Dance Deewane Season 3.’ The show co-hosted by Raghav Juyal, Bharti Singh, and Haarsh Limbachiyaa had Madhuri Dixit, Dharmesh Yelande, and Tushar Kalia as the master judges, and the show was aired on Colors TV in 2021. Piyush auditioned for the show while performing at the Dharmesh Yelande’s iconic dance skit on the flute music and managed to impress the judges with his dancing skills. After qualifying for the show, he was paired with the dancer and choreographer Rupesh Soni for the show. The duo of Piyush and Rupesh emerged as one of the best pairings of the Dance Deewane Season 3 who delivered some astonishing performances in the show.
The finale of the dancing show took place on 10 October 2021, where Piyush Gurbhele and Rupesh Soni were announced as the winners of Dance Deewane Season 3, beating the other finalists Sohail Khan-Vishal Sonkar, Gunjan Sinha-Sagar Bora, Aman Kumar Raj-Yogesh Sharma, Somansh Dangwal-Akash Thapa, and Soochana Chorrge-Vaishnavi Patil. Piyush and Rupesh were awarded a golden trophy and a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh. Piyush Gurbhele, in an interaction with some media houses, after winning the show, shared his experience. He said,
There were a lot of ups and downs in our journey, like everyone. There was a time when our performance flopped, even when our graph was going really well. After that happened, we were quite scared. But the journey was a lot of fun and I got to learn a lot from Rupesh bhai. After it became a ‘duo’ show we got to perform together. Just before the winner was announced, I was very quiet and nervous while the others were relaxed. They were even joking about how tense I was, but all that I could think about at that point was to win the show. When they announced my name as the winner, I couldn’t believe it; I was too stunned to react initially. But I cried and screamed in happiness. It was such a great feeling to hold that trophy. It was a really great journey.”
His dance partner and choreographer Rupesh Soni added,
I felt that all our hard work paid off. When I agreed to do the show, I didn’t think about winning. All I thought about was performing to the best of my ability because thinking about winning takes away the focus from performing.”
- Dancer(s): Dharmesh Yelande, Michael Jackson
- Piyush Gurbhele considers Dharmesh Yelande as his biggest inspiration for dance. He gave his ‘Dance Deewane’ auditions on the same track at which Dharmesh had given his first audition, also carrying a similar look like him. Piyush, in an interview, said that Dharmesh helped him throughout his journey in Dance Deewane. Talking about Dharmesh Yelande, he said,
He always used to take my autograph after I would give a good performance. When we were announced as winners, I hugged Dharmesh sir and he said that I have done well throughout. And whenever he was around, he would always motivate me; I felt so positive around him. After every act, he used to tell me things that would help me do better in my next performance. I will miss him and the way he used to appreciate our performances.”
- Piyush Gurbhele started his YouTube channel ‘Piyush Gurbhele’ in 2015, which he used as a platform to share his own coregraphed dance performances. In 2021, he gained more than 130k followers for which YouTube awarded him with a silver play button as a token of appreciation.
- Piyush Gurbhele, in an interview, said that his mother did not want him to pursue a career in dancing. She always pushed Piyush to focus on his studies and prepare himself to get a good job. Piyush said,
My father and brother always supported me when I showed an interest in dance. My mother was happy about my passion for dance, but she felt that I should study hard and get a good job. My mom was not totally against it, but she didn’t like it when I would go for my dance classes and spend all my time dancing.”
- Piyush Gurbhele, in his childhood, gave his first dance audition for the Zee TV’s dance competition reality television series ‘Dance India Dance Li’l Champs.’ He cleared the first round but could not make it to the Mumbai auditions.
- Piyush Gurbhele considers his dancing coach Amol Gotekar as one of the main contributers for his success. Amol Gotekar after knowing the financial conditions of Piyush trained him for free in his dance acadmy named ‘Poison rock star Dance Academy.’ Piyush Gurbhele, in an interview, said,
I could not even pay my dance class fees, so my head used to teach me dance for free. He has been teaching me dance for the last 12 years. Many times he even gave me money to buy shoes and travel. He has been a big support to me.”