Bhangra is a traditional folk dance from the Punjab region, and features energetic moves to highly rythmic music. Both the music and dance genre have gained in popularity in the past several decades, particularly in the UK and the US, where it is mixed with various foreign styles.
This workshop will provide participants with the basics of bhangra, as well as a short choreographed routine that will incorporate more complex moves. Because bhangra is a high-intensity dance, be prepared for a good workout!
Each class will have a short warm-up and review of the previous session, followed by teaching the portion of the segment for the week, and will end with a thorough recap of the session and practice.
Vikas Anand danced with Columbia University Bhangra- a competitive dance team- for three years. Moreover, he has helped organize "Bhangra in the Heights", which is the largest Bhangra showcase in the New York Metropolitan area for the past four years.
He also danced with Columbia Raas, specializing in Gujarati folk dances, for one year. Additionally, he has been dancing (and more recently choreographing) Bollywood and Bhangra dances since age 6.
Furthermore, he has helped teach new choreography to members of Columbia Bhangra.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Political Science, and MESAAS (Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies) from Columbia University.