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
It's hard to get these kids to hate other teams and have the passion to push themselves to be better than other people.
My first comp I went to, there were two little fellas on my team who were talking to another team member, before we went on stage, telling them how we sucked and we were going to lose. If I'm not mistaken, that's what you should be telling the other teams lol.
Back then the mentality was much more pendu, and it was about pride and dignity. Today it's about the number of people you can add on facebook and snapchat at a comp.
hatred and feeling negatively about your competition isn't the only fuel to success (and that's not just related to bhangra). respect what others do, and if you want to, aim to be better than them at it. there are plenty of teams out there with great people on it that i enjoy hanging out with the whole competition weekend, but at the same time, i would love nothing more than to outdance them and have the team i'm with destroy theirs come stage time. i know you and many other dancers have enough passion for bhangra to get amped up to compete while still being friendly.
i do agree though that for the most part, the pre-comp mixers suck haha
I am very happy to be a part of blowout this year - but I am also sad to see the absence of another North Carolina team, namely one that was the only collegiate team to place at Burgh this year (UNC in case the reference wasn't obvious). I am sure Blowout committee has its reasons for making the selections they did, but I would have personally enjoyed seeing and competing against ALL the best collegiate teams in the country.
when you watch a set and wonder "if this placed first or second, would anyone have complained?" - then there is probably some concern. can't obviously speak for the rubric/judging but you guys executed amazingly well as a team as always. i personally would be curious to see what a set with less variations would look like now from you guys (kinda like your vpd/bayside sets from 2012, i think those are my favs) but you guys think of some cool stuff.
saw this on youtube a couple days ago when it got posted and was really really impressed. like i wrote on cmu's video, coed teams shy away from powerful/fast choreo these days but you guys showcased it very well and kept it hype throughout. great stuff.
very few co-ed teams have the ability to perform a set so full of energy and hype - thank you for continuing to be one of the few teams on the circuit that does this and hasn't reverted to the "ballet bhangra" that has plagued the circuit, especially the coed teams.
formations were really good and engaging - the changes you made from burgh to here were very nice additions to set.
sid/shubhit you guys make a boss jodi, both of your amazing dharis plus being big guys in general gives you awesome presence on stage. you keep up great energy in the entire set and it looks like you are leading the team really well.
shreepal is probably one of the most explosive dancers ive seen - i feel like not many people can pull off the air time he gets on bethke and such whilst staying on beat, but he somehow is still dancing clean at the same time.
ankur you killed your solo and energetic as always
i think in terms of things you guys could make better:
emphasize your pink jodis flip into the saap segment - if this was a semi-last minute add i understand changing mix up a tiny bit just to showcase it would be tough, but for next time. it looks like the lighting kept them slightly in the dark too unfortunately.
i think few coed teams can do powerful jhummar choreo as well as you guys - perhaps the "lovey" part of your jhummar can be "bouncier" or "poppier" and not as flowy just because i think it will set you guys further apart. twirling the girl and all that look nice but i think you guys can incorporate it in a way and with some creativity that will make that segment stick out more for you, it seemed a little more generic than alot of the other segments in your set
id get rid of the criss cross legs in saaps and the between the legs claps at end - though tons of teams have done these move variations now, i still think you guys can come up with stuff that doesn't even look slightly derivative. it would be simple fixes that would just multiply your authenticity.
oh your khundey breakdown with tejas walking down the center looked sick as hell. like you need to find a solid picture of that because it looked amazing. tejas looked epic.
I feel like the bhangra scene is in a really weird place. While it is flourishing in the UK and AUS it is dying regionally in North America.
With some regions still strong, i.e., toronto, B.C. Other places like California (which traditionally has been the strongest center of bhangra in the USA) are in decline. The DC metro/va area, traditionally a hub of bhangra activity is in the grave yard. There has just been a real lack of discourse and critique in the past three years. Teams have started to become more choosey with their competitions, focusing on doing 2-3 a year maximum. Elite teams of yesteryear have retired, see: sgpd, abc, bk, jj, nypd, and aeg. We have like a total of 2-3 strong all girls teams. The co-ed scene is dead and the number of elite all-guys teams has been cut in half.
We just keep getting these clean, cookie-cutter sets. It's like bhangra is finally at a higher standard with a there being a lot of good teams, but very few great ones. What's accepted as an elite team today wouldn't even scratch the top 10 a few years back. Not sure what the problem is, but if we want to keep seeing legendary sets, something has to change.
North American Bhangra has been in a crisis for sometime now, and no one seems to care or notice. This is worrisome.
if cookie cutter sets keep placing, thats unfortunately what people are going to do. there are teams out there that have the work ethic and talent to put on some crazy ass performances with some risky ideas, but they step back and think "well if we just do a moderately fast saap segment, throw in a few khunda spins, put one jodi in the front of jhummar who is doing it more ballet like/lovey, do jugni to a hip hop beat, and end with lots of jumps and bethke where are arms scrape the ground, then we are almost guaranteed to place as long as we are clean".
judges in the last few years have rewarded teams for doing this as opposed to doing cool stuff - hence the shift towards it.
it is good to see unc returning to the caliber of its glory days - kuntal told me before you guys started that "yo unc is back" but i was like "blah blah kuntal ta avain bolda rehnda" and then a few seconds into your performance it was evident that what he said was true
i would like to specifically call out abhay qureshi in the red for handling his ace bandage malfunction like a boss, despite competing at his first competition at BAB just a couple months ago - and looking particularly sexy on stage.
mad props to the captains yeshel, rani, and pooja (i think you three are the captains?) for bringing your team to this level, and along with radhika and abhay, doing really well on stage.
the newer dancers did not dance like new dancers - once you guys get everyone to maintain their posture a bit stronger and add a smudge of more modhey and chest into your steps your team is going to look next level.
maybe ill try and break a few knees and try and slip into your dancer's lineup for the next comp