August 25, 2024 • 4 - 7 PM • Gunter Theatre

Join us for SummerFest 2024!

Immerse yourself in the world of international cinema with the South Carolina
premiere of the acclaimed film, “Call Me Dancer.” Experience the artistry of Manish Chauhan, the film’s star, who will also lead an exclusive Master Class Dance Workshop. Plus, savor authentic flavors with a selection of delicious Indian street food provided by local favorite, Saffron Indian Cuisine.


  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM: Master Class Dance Workshop
  • 3:30 PM: Doors to Gunter Theatre Open
  • 4:00 PM: Movie Screening of “Call Me Dancer”
  • 6:00 PM: Reception catered by Saffron Indian Cuisine

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to dive deep into a cultural delight right here in Greenville. Discover more about the film and the unforgettable SummerFest experience below!

Movie Runtime: 84 mins
Director: Leslie Shampaine
Language: English and Hindi
Genre: Documentary
Country/Year: 2023
$50 for adults
$25 for students
Ticket Price includes Dance Workshop, Film, Special Guest Appearance, Indian Street Food
Dance Workshop RSVP Required
More About the Event
About the Film

Call Me Dancer is a 2023 documentary by director and producer Leslie Shampaine.

It is a story of perseverance, passion, culture and an unlikely friendship. This documentary follows Manish Chauhan, a street dancer from Mumbai, whose working-class parents depend on their only son’s financial support. When he accidentally walks into an inner-city dance school and encounters the brilliant but curmudgeonly 70-year-old Israeli ballet master Yehuda Maor, a hunger develops within him. The ambitious Manish becomes determined to make it as a professional dancer, but the odds are stacked against him. Together, Manish and Yehuda transform each other’s lives, searching to uncover who and what they are. Yehuda seeks purpose and a place to call home. Manish dreams of dancing on the world stage but struggles to break free from the confines of his economic and social circumstances.


Audience Award, Documentary Berkshire International Film Festival

Excellence in Documentary Directing AwardNew York Women in Film & Television @ New York Indian Film Festival

Art of Storytelling AwardDoc Edge Film Festival, New Zealand

Audience Award, Feature Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Best Director Award – Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati

Audience Award, Portraits programVancouver International Film Festival

Art and Inspiration Award – Hamptons Doc Fest

Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature – Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Seattle 

Audience Favorite Award,  San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Young Jury Award, DOKUart Festival, Bjelovar, Croatia

Honorable Mention, Best Documentary, International South Asian Film Festival Canada, Surrey, Canada

“Astonishing…it’s the classic underdog story…touching…lustrous imagery”

Matthew Carey, Deadline


– Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice

Cinematic… It’s the Rocky Balboa story”

– Jay Sean – British Pop Legend

“Compelling tale of perseverance, passion and friendship”

– Celia Ipiotis, Eye on the Arts

“Dance is an art form, and this movie is simply pure art!”

– Yoni Avital, Intl Director, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

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See you at the movies!!

300 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for our community support.

This program is funded in part by the Metropolitan arts Council which receives support by the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, SEW Eurodrive, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and many other sources.