Schools from all over the state will be competing at UMW this Saturday, Nov. 14, when Bhangra Beat, a collegiate dance competition, kicks off in the Great Hall at 9 p.m.
Excitement is expected to be high for the event as there is a strong rivalry between George Mason, Virginia Tech and William & Mary, who are all scheduled to attend. As a special treat this year, the University of Maryland’s fusion dance team, the UMD Dhoom, will also perform.
After the competition, there will be a DJ dance party, and the dance floor will be open for anyone who wants the chance to learn new bhangra moves from the dance teams themselves.
Bhangra is a traditional Punjabi dance that originated in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. For the past several years, bhangra dance has became very popular in western societies as an exercise technique that requires high-energy levels.
Bhangra Beat is hosted by the International Living Community, Framar House with partnership of Eagle Bhangra, and Asian Student Association.