Ok Bhangra lovers, if you’re looking to see some serious dance moves, you’re in luck because Vancouver’s biggest and longest-running Bhangra competition, Bhangra Idols is taking place in less than one week. 6 Senior teams and 8 Junior Bhangra Teams will compete for the title of Bhangra Idol: The Best of the Best & Junior’s Best, respectively.
Paji Guys Entertainment usually hosts two major competitions each year. The first is the Best in the West, which took place on May 12, 2012. The top 4 teams from Best in the West automatically qualify for Bhangra Idols: The Best of the Best. Throw in a couple of out-of-town teams from Boston and Edmonton and you’ve got yourself a fierce competition.
This year, a junior category has also been added, which is a great goal to work towards for the thousands of youth who learn Bhangra in the lower mainland. Interest in Bhangra has been rising exponentially over the past 10 years, to the point where there are dozens of academies that offer Bhangra lessons. There’s even an annual festival dedicated to Bhangra called VIBC – Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration.
I’ll be there next Sunday, and I hope to see you there as well!
Here’s what you need to know:
- Event: Bhangra Idols hosted by Paji Guys Entertainment
- Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012
- Time: 5pm – 8:30pm
- Location: Red Robinson Show Theatre
- Address: 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam, B.C.
- Website: www.bhangraidols.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a YouTube clip of the winners from last year, Vancity Bhangra, just to give you a taste!
By the way, if you’d like to learn Bhangra or any other form of South Asian dance or music, I also run an organization called South Asian Arts that offers classes and accredited high school programs as well. About half of the dancers on Vancity Bhangra are from our company. Visit www.southasianarts.ca for more details!