Dola Re Dandiya, located at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a collegiate dance competition primarily focused with the Raas and Bhangra circuits. It was founded in early 2017 by Beyla Patel, Shaily Aghera, and Kinjal Patel. These three founders were members of Tar Heel Raas and came up with the concept after placing at their first national bid competition. They believed it was time to bring some fun to the area by showing their community why they love dance. They also hoped that the competition would help spread their Gujarati culture with the rest of Chapel Hill. This year, the competition has evolved to incorporate the Punjabi culture as well and the board of Dola Re Dandiya is very excited. The competition takes place on February 9, 2019 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Memorial Hall.
Kentucky Karana, a Bollywood-Fusion team based out of the University of Kentucky, was established in 2016 by Chaitra Tirumalaraju, Monica Shah, and Sneha Rajan. It was created to provide an opportunity for students that are passionate about dance to become part of a competitive team, expose students to Indian culture and arts, bring together people of diverse backgrounds, and expand the arts community at the University of Kentucky.
CLT Pulse is North Carolina’s newest Bollywood-Fusion dance competition and it is here to make its mark! CLT Pulse was created in April 2018 for the purpose of supporting Safe Alliance, a local charity, whose goal is to raise awareness for those that are affected by domestic violence and abuse. Additionally, the founders, Tyriq Fitts, Stuti Joshi, and Riya Bhagat, wanted to create a chance for teams to experience an exciting performance weekend, for those teams that generally do not compete at larger competitions. They believe that Charlotte is the perfect Southeast hub to host a competition, which aspires to strengthen the culture of DDN. Join in on the fun at CLT Pulse on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at UNCC!
As a community, we strive to embrace all individuals of various ethnicities, genders, religions, and sexualities. We believe that everyone should be treated equally and with respect. This series of spotlights focuses on social justice pieces, so that everyone feels welcomed and supported.
Learn Bhangra, a dance and fitness company, was founded by Lavesh Pritmani and Sandeep Madhas in 2014. Ustaad Gurinderbir Chahal inspired and introduced Lavesh to the beautiful art of folk Bhangra. His ability to teach the technique, in a way that corresponded with everyday life, was incredible. Lavesh wanted to share the knowledge that was imparted on him, with the rest of the world, since no other resource existed at that time. Now, Learn Bhangra has expanded to include workshops, choreography, instructor certifications, and more!