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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: MOTOR CITY BHANGRA 2015!!!??????
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:53:05 PM »
World's Best Bhangra Crew is on March 28, 2014.  Just a heads up.

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Start Commenting on Videos Please!
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:04:49 PM »
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:

Set Complexity: 16.5%

Formation Complexity: 5.5%

Choreo Complexity: 5.5%

Creative Element Complexity: 5.5%

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Start Commenting on Videos Please!
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:40:21 PM »
Here's how I have it on my rubric currently: would love feedback

Set Intricacy: 16.5% 

How Difficult was the set?
Was the set safe with little risk?
Was the team's choreography intricate?
Were creative elements well transitioned into the dance?
Were formations too simple?

With good judges, common sense, and some guidance and team feedback, I don't see this category as very gray at all.

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Start Commenting on Videos Please!
« on: November 11, 2014, 10:33:39 AM »
wbbc 2015 will include major changes to its rubric which will award set difficulty and intricacy.  stay tuned.

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Start Commenting on Videos Please!
« on: November 11, 2014, 10:04:01 AM »
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.

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: $$$$$$$ COMPREHENSIVE JUDGING SYSTEM $$$$$$$$
« on: November 04, 2014, 01:49:08 PM »

It's competition season again and I would like to just leave this here for other organizers to review.  If you choose to adopt the CJS, please contact me. 

This year WBBC will again be employing CJS and will be adding INSTANT REPLAY for judge's deliberation.  i.e., judges will get to see the sets of the top two teams over before they make their decision.

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Most Underrated team performances !!!???
« on: November 02, 2014, 11:22:01 AM »

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Folk Bhangra Videos
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:14:18 AM »
le sigh

nachdi jawani is the best dance academy in north america.

Their senior live team is the best, and the fact that they have a younger team like this is really scary.  Imagine how these guys will be in 2-3 years!  Very good.

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Most Underrated team performances !!!???
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:27:15 PM »
every joshiley jawan set ever is underrated...

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Folk Comps
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:01:35 PM »
1. Shan e punjab - toronto
2. Virsa
3. Nj
4. Joshiley Jawan
5. Virsa de waris
6. Surrey India Arts Club music squad
7. Surrey Folk Bhangra Club
8. AEG (with their pcs chicago set only) see below  ;D

Main Bhangra Discussion / WBBC 2014 Mixer Games
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:44:47 AM »
Enjoy, a little midsummer treat!

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Who's your Elite 8 Today?
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:57:05 AM »
Sher Foundation
Khalsa Junction
Lethal Bhangra Crew
The Bhangra Team
Phulorida Bhangra
Cornell Bhangra
Duniya All Stars

I really wonder what the point of this was.  Lol @sue

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: TAG Stop-Motion Animation Video
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:25:36 AM »
lmao dildobagh nagi

We actually call him dildo nazi

Most of the above definitions are inaccurate and/or wrong.  Shouldn't there be some process for verifying these definitions by experts?

Did ABC START this trend?  Debatable.

AEG has been consistently using hip hop in its mixes since 2007-2008.  Anyone else have any idea what other teams were using hip hop early on?  Not trying to argue, just want to set a marker and give recognition to the team(s) that started it.  As I can remember the teams that really made hip hop a staple of their mixes were ABC and AEG starting in like 2007-2008.  Who else was there?

Part of bhangra's foundation is based on imagined expertise in the first place. The uncles who fashioned themselves as ustaads/experts in the states didn't really have a clue what they were doing, since a generation or two before them, bhangra didn't exist.



Great job SMD. This is some realness right here. Respect.

also, song selection was the best of the night by far...

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