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Videos and Performances / Re: RVD @ BAB 2014
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:27:40 PM »
i think people confused guys dressing as girls with girls dressing as guys -

as a team that has done that quite a few times, i respect how well you guys pulled it off. great routine and great meeting some of you!

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Videos and Performances / Re: Nishani Bhangra @ BAB
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:26:47 PM »
you guys have some strong dancers - starting off with jhummar was creative and well done. i was feeling the absence of a khundey segment (i know there is no rule written anywhere that you have to use khundey or saaps or katos etc, but i think you guys could have benefited from having a solid one). jhummar gimmick was nicely upgraded from boston.

i think you had too gimmicky of a set for the type of judges we had at this competition - the apple was funny but i think it ended up distracting from the dancing and power of ending segment.

those crazy glow in the dark things you started off mela with were awesome to see live, whwatever weapons from the future those are - but again, i think the delay in the mela starting made it somewhat anticlimactic, and then you ended set with not everyone on stage.

starting the set off with the one by one glow in the dark things would be pretty hot - i think this set would be perfect for boston with some "tightening" of some dancer's legs and arms (a little more controlled just so you guys look cleaner) 

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: How to deal with flakes?
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:07:44 AM »
everything sue and shawn said i +1 for sure

but honestly regardless of whether some teammates may be your friends or there from the beginning etc etc, some people are just flake-ers by nature. its also something more prevalent on teams that dont have a ton of options for other dancers, ive had friends come late to practice and i tell they are wasting other people's valuable time and they have simple said "fine then cut me" - so on teams that are attempting to establish themselves, where dancers might not feel like they are part of something big or feel like they are at risk for losing their spot, you have to be prepared for it

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Videos and Performances / Re: Re: NJ Warriors Warriors @ BAB 2014
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:58:59 AM »
bhangra was very good and i really liked the choreo - but i dont expect to see walking and laziness from a top tier team like this. obviously they have been trained very well but i think the reason people may not be giving this as much credit as it deserves is simply ebcause we all hold nj to a very high standard

Not to jump down your throat, but NJ ALWAYS has people that walk through sets. See Elite 8 2010, 2011, Tdot 2011, Jashan 2012, and even this past BBC set. It's usually because the set difficulty level is always so high. I know what you're saying here, but people are just finding reasons to hate on this for some reason.

Ah I get what you sayin, agreed agreed

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Videos and Performances / Re: Re: NJ Warriors Warriors @ BAB 2014
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:38:15 PM »
bhangra was very good and i really liked the choreo - but i dont expect to see walking and laziness from a top tier team like this. obviously they have been trained very well but i think the reason people may not be giving this as much credit as it deserves is simply ebcause we all hold nj to a very high standard

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Videos and Performances / Re: Re: NJ Warriors Warriors @ BAB 2014
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:09:00 PM »
Wasn't a huge fan of the mix at all, could use a lot of work. Choreo was typical NJ (very fast paced and a variation of moves) but was performed sloppily by all dancers. Fatigue was evident throughout and completion of moves was virtually non existent. I thought BBC was your guys's breakout perfomance and that the expectation became to big for this one. I kept waiting for some kind of a wow factor and it was just choreo slapped on top of choreo. I think this was one of those situations where the reputation of the team played a major factor in its placing, just my opinion.

the 2nd/3rd place teams were no where near this performance i personally thought, but curious to know who you think deserved first here?

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Bruin live feed?
« on: April 25, 2014, 07:09:16 AM »
theek hai ji

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Bruin live feed?
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:33:06 PM »
Yes?

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yeah this shoulda placed

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great stuff

quick things
-kurren pranav aman you guys are monster dancers (to be fair i didn't watch the other people on the team as closely but as a whole your team danced very well as a unit)
-you made a very smart decison by putting deepika in front center for that jugni she destroyed it probably one of best girl dancers on circuit
-you guys do real well when the choreo is faster paced, so dont foce the slower stuff (like your phumania) - feel like the "change in pace" for that segment wasnt enough to really add variety, and if it was as fast as your previous song bfeore it i think it would looked/flowed better - dont subject yourself to the uber slow coed-ish songs just because other teams make it seem like a rule - obvously no need to dance lightning fast the whole set either, but you get what im sayin - in the same sense, since you guys are so energetic and execute so well, i think a slightly longer ending would have done you well, caus other coed teams either cant or dont choose to do so - take advantage of it

okay thats my quick thoughts for now i shall probably message you via other means 

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Bhangra Circuit Critiques
« on: March 31, 2014, 03:03:50 PM »
hardeep we have already talked about your post online and obviously agree (and have always agreed) on alot of the stuff you mentioned - but joining in on the markers discussion (like kuntal, sid, raj have said -)

i think a team who can execute a clean set with complex formations without markers should be rewarded - that takes alot of skill, and if you have the facilities to practice consistently with 12-16 dancers and your dancers are able to judge their place in formations well just by looking at each other via peripherals, thats great and shows alot of talent and hard work

however, coming from the perspective of someone who has had 12 man sets done with <6 people at practice every time, markers are probably the only way for dancers to learn where they should be. there is no guessing based on the other dancer's position, blah blah yall know how it is - so im biased when i say this, but i dont think teams should really be penalized for them - but do i think teams who don't use them should be rewarded? yeah, in the sense that a team without markers can get away with slightly simpler and messier formations but be considered equal to a team with more complex and cleaner formations but with markers.

in regards to bhangra looking effortless, i think yes the dancer shouldnt look like he is straining/dying in the performance (and this isnt a biased notion caus i make some horrible facial expressions that have been captured on camera many times) - but, as we all know bhangra is a dance that came from celebrating something...if you were truly expressing joy, happiness, and celebrating, would you really think "oh i must keep my body calm and refrain from going too wild while i am celebrating this extremely joyous occasion" - no, aside from helping a team look cleaner, i dont see how one can say it is a "law of bhangra" to dance with as little energy as possible but with just enough to complete a move fully. teams like ABC, bhangra knightz, vancity, are examples of teams that go hype the entire performance, and sure maybe at times they lack grace, but there is no doubt that those teams express joy way more than dancers going 60% on stage.

regardless, there are tons of amazing teams who dance with different levels of energy, and are obviously awesome at what tey do and bring in trophies, so im not knocking any of that - obviously i prefer what i prefer but again im biased just like anyone who has ever danced on any team will be - i just addressing some of the things people say are "rules" to follow - good stuff with stimulating a good conversation, alot of people that have posted are really experienced and knowledgeable so its cool to see what they are saying

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as much as I think that "good dancing" should be rewarded, I feel like it also could be a much too far a subjective thing to truly base judging on - there are some dancers who I think have amazing form and great stage presence, and there are some that I think have shitty form but those same dancers many times appear on peoples lists of "top dancers" and such - unless specific criteria are laid out for what constitutes "good dancing" (consistent modhey, good posture, explosive bethkes, legs picked up high, etc etc) how else could it be fairly judged where opinion/background doesn't heavily influence it?

Sid's post is spot on - people will continue to do what brings the trophies in, and that is set by the competition's rubric, not the "laws of bhangra"

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obviously your best set to date - great energy, and great excitement exuding from the dancers throughout the entire performance - there is a huge difference between people smiling on stage, and people on stage genuinely excited to be there- awesome job with training the young dancers, they are mad good, especially for their age. the only real critique i have is that i wasnt a part of the performance.

three first place trophies in a row though? that doesn't happen by accident. luck might help out at a comp or two, but if you get results like that, you are obviously doing something right.

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Biased Competitions
« on: March 03, 2014, 10:02:12 PM »
mercer rangoli in georgia

hehehehehehehehe

shoutout to all my north carolina kpgd etc peoples hollaaa

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: MCB Competition Review
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:21:18 PM »
This site has made bhangra soft. Bhangra aint what it used to be and that's simply because everybody wants to make friends and hate seeing healthy competition. Ofcourse when two teams have a rivalry going on they're not going to sit and eat cupcakes together. A war of words and the whole industry starts pissing themselves. I applaud AEG and Virsa. Keep talking shit to each other and hopefully that'll ignite the fire back in bhangra. Nobody kills each other over bhangra so stop getting your panties in a bunch and let the teams do their talking.
 
P.s Im sorry since this is somewhat irrelevant to this post.

+1


also, what matter to one person may not matter that much to another - some people want quantity of trophies,  some want impact on the circuit. safe to say many teams have a good combo of both, but some tip more on one side than the other (which doesn't make it bad in any way, and i dont think one is worth more than the other as long as that team's goal is fulfilled)

along with that, people seem to forget that bhangra is an artform - and art is meant to be a way to express something. if people express bhangra in slightly different ways, how does that make one way WORSE than the other - of course if ones less aesthetically pleasing, you can argue that, but thats also very subjective. not even all the india teams look the same, i bet i can find a group of great dancers here, put up a slightly blurry practice video of everyone wearing wife beaters doing a basic folk set to dhol and say its some team from jalandhar or ludhiana and people would probably believe it and get all turned on about how "folk" and "pure" it is.


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Bhangra Mixes and Music / song request from cal bhangra @ burgh 2013
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:05:00 PM »
song at 3:59 please


Cal Bhangra @ Bhangra In The Burgh 2013

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Favorite North American live performance?
« on: December 19, 2013, 04:23:37 PM »
the old heerey punjab deh (like pre-2010ish?) was pretty baws (not saying the new people on VSW/HPD aren't, I just remember watching that team in particular and thought they danced and performed exceptionally well)

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Videos and Performances / Re: GMU Bhangra at Bhangra In The Burgh 7
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:55:33 PM »
Ashvin you've retired from kpgd?! Wow bro.

really enjoyed this set, I think I watched the kid in the ferozi the entire time but regardless sick set and much better than last year, congrats on placing here and at dda

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Please stop bringing Jus Reign to comps
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:30:44 AM »
Jusreign didn't seem too cocky or anything when I got to talk to him, he was really cool about taking picture with me too. He isn't a good mc, I think he is just better at "planned humor" rather than spontaneous jokes. I think if he took a lil time and did research and stuff like people said he could potentially do a much better job

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Videos and Performances / Re: First Class Bhangra at Bhangra in the Burgh 7
« on: November 24, 2013, 03:34:44 AM »
you have taught the young dancers super well, and as a team dance so much "heavier" and stronger than before. very clean dancing. the choreo is great but thats nothing new.

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