Performing A Lively Bhangra Dance
Bhangra is a form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. For more information about this kind of music and dance please click here.
Last year, in April 2007, in the East West Fest event, I joined a group of dancer to perform a Bhangra dance. The dance is accompanied by song titled Haaye Meri Billo of Harbhajan Mann’s album. The song as well as the dance depict a romantic story of a guy falling in love with a lovely girl and struggling for getting her attention.
The group consists of people from Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Mongol. There were 3 couples of dancer involved, 3 man and 3 woman. It took less then 2 weeks to practice. The dance was so intriguing yet challenging. You have to cheer up all the times otherwise the dance will have no soul. Also you have to know the key of this dance which is moving your shoulder continuously. It uses shoulder movement a lot to distinguish this dance from other kind of dances. Probably the shoulder movement also uses in many typical Indian dances. And believe me it is very exhaustive. I hurt my shoulder when the first time I practiced this dance. However it is fun and I got great experience performing a Bhangra genre dance with people from different country. I hope I can do this again some time in the future.
Interested in Bhangra songs? You may find the one you like here!