can we make a separate thread or a sticky where experienced teams or teams who have placed a few times tell their "story"/process/how they practice/etc? of course they can leave out their "secret sauce" (for instance, i give everyone on my team a peck on the lips before and after each all-out run through) - i think it would both be really interesting to read and informative for younger teams or even teams who just want to try something new/get some inspiration/get out of a rut.
First things first, a Public Service Announcement: I'm not going to point fingers, if you are reading this you'll know who you are. Here it goes: PLEASE don't drink alcohol when you are wearing your vardi with your pagg on. I was so disappointed to see people who I have watched dance on big name teams, full on drinking a glass of beer after they were done performing in the first half. This is disrespectful and straight basti. The integrity of the vardi is real, its not a "costume." You are representing a dance that holds so much historic value and connection to our virsa and culture, when you do shit like this it is dirtying that sanctity. You might not think about it, but the vardi is not just another shirt you put before hitting the bar, its special, it holds meaning. Its tradition and deserves respect just like the respect your props have when you placing them down during routines. I'm not pointing fingers, but for the love of bhangra, be a better example for future generations to come. Have some class. If you have counter arguments to my statement or feel the same way, please add. Note that I will not be making further remarks that starts some petty argument (I don't have time for BS). This was the main reason I even wrote this review. And if you have a personal issue with it, message me directly. I keep it 100.
I am sure this post is referring to me - didn't really even think about it while I was doing it and that's 100% my fault. I'll be more careful next time and I apologize if this offended anyone - this action was completely an oversight on my part and doesn't reflect the attitude that my team (or any other teams that I have danced for) have towards bhangra and our culture.
BBC worked out very well for my team this year and we were very lucky to have been a part of it. Much appreciate the comments made by posters about our performance in their reviews and we hope that our video (when released) and future performances live up to the hype.
the first video i saw of this set was a slightly blurred one from an angle, and i was in awe. it was so apparent that the returning dancers had improved a great deal since just bruin, the posture, move completion, everything. stage presence of course has never been lacking.
i know there were a good amount of newer/first time FCB dancers, and i think besides the obvious moments that i don't need to comment on, they seemed to put in the work they needed to blend in a deliver a hype performance from their ends as well.
from start to finish there is so much intricacy/complexity in the choreography, and it never fails to baffle me how FCBs always been able to come up with them and somehow make them flow. ive seen it on both sides (obviously dancing with this team last year) but i saw this set for the first time when the video was posted.
im really, really sad i didn't get ot dance this set with you guys. im assuming the few more obvious mistakes are the only justification for not getting first - the set as a whole was way better than NJs. work on some stamina with a couple of guys and clean up some minor things and there's not much more you can do.
mix matched vardis looked really cool i think, always been a fan! nice to see amar and lalli as a jodi thought the set was really high energy and entertaining, especially considering the fact that you had many first time performers.
props to APPD for taking the time/effort to learn from an ustaad and put on a solid performance -
if an ustaad is comfortable with a set and is focusing merely on form/execution, why not teach live bhangra in the confines of that set without worrying about set creation so the team can excel at that? im sure after this experience, APPD will be able to come up with their own sets and be creative (which they are obviously capable of doing based on their previous performances). saying a team can't use a set their coach has made previously is like saying nachdi jawani and sgpd's junior teams shouldn't use segments from their senior teams sets (unless people are against that too)
i think if you have an opportunity to learn from the best, you'd be foolish not to
i think judges influence this too - for example, i know some judges that really do advocate a wide, low dancing style. after going to a competition and getting critiqued by a judge saying that, one would probably incorporate into their teams execution, and pass the advice on etc
so glad you guys decided to go 16, unc is one team that i thought definitely always had the depth of dancers and work ethic to pull it off and be really clean, and you guys def did just that.
echoing what sahil said, one of you guys's biggest strengths is that the girls aren't overshadowed by the guys. radhika probably has some of the best stage swag out of the majority of dancers that ive seen and pooja/rani kill it always as well.
the set seemed a bit long (not sure if it was actually long or not), but I think your ending will hit harder if you condense it a bit and people are a bit fresher for it. its tough to not look flaily when your tired, and you notice it a bit from the newer dancers which is expected of course -
yeshel/abhay make a great lead jodi, while your other jodis do so well that i think the fact that you rotate the other ones to the front so much shows how strong your team is.
was hoping to see naishal dance with you guys but was disappointed :/
despite losing your strong seniors, i think you guys should be placing everywhere you go next year for sure. hopefully things work out better and you can compete more often and show everyone the talent you have.
loved the throwback post jhummar - just wanted to throw that out there real quick
really enjoyed watching you guys live at buckeye, bringing a hype 16 coed set isnt easy for most collegiate teams to do, and you guys did a boss job. i think seeing mostly the same set with 12 instead of 16 just made it seem a little "looser" and didn't hit has hard, but thats most likely because of how tight the formations stayed with 16 and seeing the 16 set first. ive always enjoyed your vardiyan as well (especially that black/white one )
congrats on your first place at SPD, wish you guys were in a few more bigger lineups this year - sahil keep killin it!
also props to black/white girl at SPD who handled her rogue chunni situation really well