This is bhangra. Nothing music is on this level. Thats why live owns music. But even newer live teams are adding variations. Could it be that music bhangra has made live bhangra more entaining. They have youtube and watch gtv (cuz that shit is worldwide). They learned the art lf entertainment from the west. But their execution is from the east. As the years progressed dancers fom there have gotten so good it's unbelievable. In the meantime dancing in the west has not kept up. That is why live is better than music. Western Academys have to teach indian live bhangra to the kids mandatory before they go music. Dance on the dhol, because that was the way it was meant to be.
It's really not that bad, lol, I went there a bunch of times and just hung out. It's definately is the hood though. That whole neighborhood is filled with marassi music shops, so you will find what you need there. Make sure you are super specific about the dhol. Otherwise they will just assume you want some filmi dhol without the proper work. They make amazing dhols there, but you tell them what you want.
First, absolutely agreed, we need a PRIVATE ROOM for deliberations. Choosing a secluded area in the lobby did not go well, at all! lol. Rest assured this year we will be deliberating in a private room, with ZERO access for non-judges or non-board members. YOU RIGHT, YOU RIGHT.
Second, as for the instant replay: no pauses, no forwards, no rewinds. Just watch the set all the way, and then watch the other set all the way. We aren't there to nit pick mistakes and mishaps, just watch it and refresh yourself. I may even mandate silence during both viewings. Things happen fast in sets, if judges talk, it could distract.
The questions I include below are to get the judges thinking. They aren't the be all and end all of the category. The idea is to focus on the heading of the category and consider different elements such as formations, choreo and gimmicks. Still working on the rubric guys, not even close to done.
I can also do it your way, where the heading is just the general idea with broken out details to focus on below. Just wanted to throw out that intricacy/difficulty will be accounted for. I don't really have an issue splitting it as follows:
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.