2018-2019 Competitive Season Review

priyanka.ram1997

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Hi everyone!! I really liked reading the responses to @Howie Magz 's post on last year's competitive season so I thought I would start it up again!
Feel free to add more categories :)

Best Coed Team:
Best All Guys Team:
Best All Girls Team:
Best US Team:
Best Canadian Team:
Best UK Team:
Best Australian Team:
Best Mix:

Favorite Female Dancer:
Favorite Male DAncer:
Favorite Set:
Favorite Judge:
Favorite DJ:

Most Underrated Team:
Most Improved Team:
Most Well Run Competition:

Trends that should go:
Trends that should stay:
 

Howie Magz

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Haha thanks @priyanka.ram1997

Best Coed Team: A lot of Coed Teams killed it this year (BU/MBT/UNC/CMU/DRP), but I would have to say UNC.
Best All Guys Team: Nachdi Jawani Folk Loverz
Best All Girls Team:
SDS/ NJ Mutiyarran
Best US Team:
FCB/Furteelay
Best Canadian Team:
NJ Folk Loverz/SPD
Best UK Team:
GCC
Best Australian Team:
BASS
Best Mix:
MBT and CMU Blowout mixes

Favorite Female Dancer:
Megha Ramappan (MBT)
Favorite Male Dancer:
Darsh (Soormay)
Favorite Set:
Vancity at Bruin 2019
Favorite Judge:
Favorite DJ:
Legitamix/Momo

Most Underrated Team:
GGW/DCMPAA/VSB
Most Improved Team:
SDS/CMU
Most Well Run Competition:
Bruin Bhangra 2019/ East Coast Showdown 2019

Trends that should go:
One Sidhu Moosewala song in your mix is enough.
Trends that should stay:
Having a rivalry with a team that pushes you to do better at each competition. Friendship can wait until after the placings occur.
 

Jahordon

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Best Coed Team: UNC
Best All Guys Team: SPD
Best All Girls Team:
SDS
Best US Team:
FCB
Best Canadian Team:
SPD
Best UK Team:
-
Best Australian Team:
BASS
Best Mix:
-

Favorite Female Dancer:
Simmi Gill
Favorite Male Dancer:
Saagar Menon
Favorite Set:
BASS @ Champs
Favorite Judge:
Sid Pandit
Favorite DJ:
-

Most Underrated Team:
RVD, Rutgers, UVA
Most Improved Team:
RVD, Rutgers
Most Well Run Competition:
Championships of Bhangra

Trends that should go:
khunde in your mouth
Trends that should stay:
traditionally guys teams having girl dancers / going coed
 

skakadiya10

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Favorite thread every year haha. Thanks @priyanka.ram1997!

Best Coed Team: UNC and CMU
Best All Guys Team: FCB, Furteelay
Best All Girls Team: SDS, NJM
Best US Team: FCB, Furteelay
Best Canadian Team: NJFL, SPD
Best UK Team: GCC, Ankhi Jawan (loved BhangraFest 2018 set)
Best Australian Team: BASS (watching y'all at Champs was the most fun I've ever had. Was truly amazing)
Best Mix: So many but BU @ NDC, MBT @ Burgh, Furteelay @ Burgh, GGW @ Bruin, FAUJ @Vice/Bruin

Favorite Female Dancer: Priyanka Ram and Sheen Kothari (both of these girls are on another level)
Favorite Male Dancer: Sagaar Menon, Dee Brar, Soorya Ramappan, Mitra Patel (love watching you dance brotha)
Favorite Set: FAUJ @ Bruin, GGW @ Bruin, FCB @ Champs, Furteelay @ Buckeye Mela, UNC @ Blowout
Favorite Judge: Cherag Selhi, Varan Rakhra
Favorite DJ: JuicyDev, Legitamit/Momo, and Pabla/GSimz (Hands down the most CREATIVE mixers in the circuit.)

Most Underrated Team: GGW, Vancity, BU
Most Improved Team: UNC, CMU, RVD
Most Well Run Competition: Buckeye Mela 2019

Trends that should go: Teams going 16 just to go 16
Trends that should stay: More and more creative sets with risks that offer the audience and judges more enjoyment. Good judging panels across the nation this year.... for the most part.
 

Kaashmoney

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Best Coed Team: UNC
Best All Guys Team: NJ Folk Loverz
Best All Girls Team: SDS/NJM
Best US Team: FCB, Furteelay
Best Canadian Team: NJ Folk Loverz
Best UK Team: GCC
Best Australian Team: BASS
Best Mix: BU @ NDC, UNC @ Mela, GGW @ Bruin, FAUJ @Vice/Bruin

Favorite Female Dancer: Priyanka Ram and Simmi Gill
Favorite Male Dancer: Saagar, Darsh, Arun
Favorite Set: FAUJ @ Bruin, BU @ NDC, Furteelay @ Buckeye Mela, UNC @ Blowout
Favorite Judge: Cherag Selhi
Favorite DJ: Momo, GSimz, Kak

Most Underrated Team: GGW, RVD
Most Improved Team: Rutgers
Most Well Run Competition: NDC 2019

Trends that should go: Themes/stories in a set
Trends that should stay: Pushing creative limits
 
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aheer_sunny

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*Just from music performances*

Best Coed Team: Aston University in the UK, Fauj in the US
Best All Guys Team: GCC
Best All Girls Team:
SDS
Best US Team:
Soormay (dancing)/FCB (set design)
Best Canadian Team:
Nachdi Jawani Folk Loverz
Best UK Team:
GCC
Best Australian Team:
BASS
Best Mix:
GGW Bruin

Favorite Female Dancer:
Sheena Kothari
Favorite Male Dancer:
Ishan Nandra (black jodi from GCC/Aston)
Favorite Set:
FCB Burgh 2018. Nakhra was amazing.
Favorite Judge:
-
Favorite DJ:
GSimz

Most Underrated Team:
MPD
Most Improved Team:
GGW
Most Well Run Competition:
Championships

Trends that should go:
Themes/stories in a set, guest dancing (RVD is guilty of it too)
Trends that should stay:
Dedication to improving academy teams! DCMPAA at ECS is an example, fresh vardis/vardi ideas (FCB red ramals @ burgh/champs, MBT gold chadars, new CMU vardis etc.)
 

ashmita

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Best Coed Team: (DRP duh) but besides them CMU
Best All Guys Team: Furteelay
Best All Girls Team: (
SDS duh) but besides them Royal Queenz/Angelz
Best US Team:
FCB
Best Canadian Team:
NJ (all of them)
Best UK Team:
Kings College London
Best Australian Team:
BASS
Best Mixes:
DRP @ Bruin & Blowout 2019, BU @ NDC 2019, UNC @ Blowout 2019, FCB @ Queen city 2018, CMU @ Blowout 2019, Kings (KCL) @ TBS 2019

Favorite Female Dancer:
my homie @priyanka.ram1997
Favorite Male Dancer:
Saagar Menon
Favorite Set:
BASS @ Champs
Favorite Judges:
Sid Pandit and Angela Luo
Favorite DJs:
Klasikhz, legitamit, Kak, and Juicy Dev

Most Underrated Team:
BU, GGW
Most Improved Team:
BU, RVD, SDS
Most Well Run Competitions:
Burgh and NDC

Trends that should go:
white rumaals on your hands (literally look like Kleenex)
Trends that should stay:
pushing for more fun and entertaining sets that not only the audience enjoys but the dancers do as well (that is where you find the best nakhra imo)
 

JesseMangat

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Best Coed Team: BU/FAUJ
Best All Guys Team: SPD/GCC
Best All Girls Team: Royal/NJM/VSB
Best US Team: Soormay
Best Canadian Team: SPD
Best UK Team: GCC
Best Australian Team: BASS
Best Mixes: FS @ Champs, FS @ Buckeye, FCB @ Champs, GGW @ Bruin

Favorite Female Dancer: Megha Ramappan (MBT)
Favorite Male Dancer: Karan Bains
Favorite Set: FAUJ @ Bruin
Favorite Judges: Sid Pandit, Sahab Grover, Kuntal Shah
Favorite DJs: Legitamit, MOMO, KM, GSimz

Most Underrated Team: BU
Most Improved Team: RVD
Most Well Run Competitions: Buckeye NDC Blowout

Trends that should go: Gimmicks without a theme
Trends that should stay: Matchup Comps like West Coast
 

jasvig

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Best Coed Team: FAUJ
Best All Guys Team: SPD
Best All Girls Team: NJM
Best US Team: Furteelay
Best Canadian Team: SPD
Best UK Team: GCC
Best Australian Team: BASS
Best Mix: Furteelay Bruin

Favorite Female Dancer: Akhila from Rutgers
Favorite Male DAncer: Jagmeet Saini
Favorite Set: Fauj Bruin
Favorite Judge: Sid Pandit
Favorite DJ: GSimz/Pabla/Teg Hans

Most Underrated Team: BU Bhangra
Most Improved Team: Rutgers Bhangra/ Boiler Bhangra
Most Well Run Competition: Burgh
Worst Run Competition: Vice City without a doubt

Trends that should go: Dancing without lifting legs, narrow base and no shoulders. These are key elements of bhangra which differentiate the dance from hip hop imo
Trends that should stay: Dancing with athleticism/ using as many muscles as possible (chest, back, shoulders etc.) in your upper body to maximize power
 

sahab

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Best Coed Team: Fauj
Best All Guys Team: SPD
Best All Girls Team:
TBD after RDR
Best US Team:
FCB if they feel like it
Best Canadian Team:
SPD, Folk Lovers
Best UK Team: -
Best Australian Team: -
Best Mix:
BU @ NDC 2019

Favorite Female Dancer:
Ashley from DDR
Favorite Male Dancer:
Shawn Matharu from MBT
Favorite Set:
SPD at Bhangra arena very fun to watch
Favorite Judge:
Nimit Desai- needs to judge more comps
Favorite DJ:
Juicydev

Most Underrated Team:
CMU
Most Improved Team:
BU
Most Well Run Competition: -

BEST GIMMICK:
Tu 'cheese' badi hai mast - BU @ NDC.

Trends that should go:


Stop saying the judges suck after every comp

Everyone trying to do themes, FCB and DRP have won bruin without it. You don't need one. If you're going to do it, make sure it will resonate with the crowd.

Gimmicks were weak this year. What happened to the flying khundey, the bhangra tinder (NSG), the laser khundey. I miss those crazy gimmicks. Gimmicks are too tame now.

Trends that should stay:


MORE JUNIOR COMPS

Social media presence of bhangra

Creativity and risk with vardiyan

More comps diversifying their rubrics and identities like NDC did

Championships of Bhangra and their effort to add some organization to ranking teams in the circuit. This year was a great base that should be built on.

Diversity of dancing styles and team identities
 

Bhoops

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Best Coed Team: Aston University
Best All Guys Team: GCC
Best All Girls Team: SDS and NJM
Best US Team: Soormay
Best Canadian Team: Nachdi Jawani Folk Loverz
Best UK Team: GCC
Best Australian Team: BASS
Best Mix: GCC at Bhangra Fest 2017 and 18

Favorite Female Dancer: -
Favorite Male Dancer: Jagmeet Saini
Favorite Set: BASS @ Bruin Bhangra 2016 and GCC at Bhangra Fest 2018
Favorite Judge: -
Favorite DJ: GSimz, Aka$h, Pabla Mix, and KM

Most Underrated Team: GGW and FBC
Most Improved Team: RVD
Most Well Run Competition: NDC and Buckeye Mela

Trends that should go: Guest dancing
Trends that should stay: New vardis design, Dedications, Having graphic designers from every team to get the attention of making the team gears, backdrop videos, and videographers.
 

RishiP

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Best Coed Team: FAUJ/UNC
Best All Guys Team: FCB, SPD, Furteelay
Best All Girls Team: SDS
Best US Team: FAUJ,FCB,Furteelay
Best Canadian Team: NJFL, SPD
Best UK Team: GCC
Best Australian Team: BASS
Best Mix: BASS @ Champs, FCB @ Burgh, Furteelay @ Burgh, BU @ NDC, UNC @ Buckeye Mela (there were some crazy mixes this season but these are just a few of my favorites)

Favorite Female Dancer: Priyanka Ram
Favorite Male Dancer: Saagar Menon, Karan Bains, Kishan Patel ?
Favorite Set: FAUJ @ Bruin, FCB @ Burgh, BASS @ Champs
Favorite Judge: Sahil Dadoo
Favorite DJ: KAK, KM, Legitamit, MOMO, JuicyDev

Most Underrated Team: BU Bhangra
Most Improved Team: RVD, BU, GGW

Trends that should go: People criticizing every single judge's decision after a comp occur. There were so many times this season where a comp weekend past and that same week there were tons of people complaining about how things were judged and why team A should've placed over team B etc.
Trends that should stay:
Creative mixes. This year at the comps I went to I heard some insane mixes which were completely out of the box and things that I've never heard before and I can't wait to see what next season's gonna be like
 

Kushagro

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Best Coed Team: FAUJ, MBT
Best All Guys Team: BASS, Soormay
Best All Girls Team: Bass Queens
Best US Team: Soormay
Best Canadian Team: NJFL
Best UK Team: GCC
Best Australian Team: BASS
Best Mix: BU Bhangra @ NDC, FCB @ Champs, UNC @ Blowout, Furteelay @ Mela

Favorite Female Dancer: Deepika (Capital), Sheena (SDS), Ragi (UNC), Megha (MBT), Akhila (Rutgers)
Favorite Male Dancer: Hardik (CMU), Kash (CMU), Saagar (FCB), Jaz (Illini), Soorya (Furteelay), Shawn (MBT)
Favorite Set: BU @ NDC, BASS @ Champs, Soormay @ Fever, FCB @ Burgh
Favorite Judge: Cherag Selhi
Favorite DJ: Kak, GSimz, Pablamix

Most Underrated Team: Boiler, Capital, MPD
Most Improved Team: Rutgers, Boiler, Classic City
Most Well Run Competition: NDC
 
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Jasmit Gill

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Best Coed Team: MBT / Aston
Best All Guys Team: NJFL / DCMPAA
Best All Girls Team:
OMG/ SDC / NJM
Best US Team:
DCMPAA
Best Canadian Team:
NJ
Best UK Team:
Kings College/ GCC
Best Australian Team:
BASS
Best Mix:
Kings TBS 2019

Favorite Female Dancer:
Kirat Brar
Favorite Male Dancer:
Jesse Mangat
Favorite Set:
Mohindra College Bhangra Arena 2019
Favorite Judge:
Yeah...No
Favorite DJ:
Ricky Dhanda, MOMO

Most Underrated Team:
Mohindra
Most Improved Team:
NJ lil queens
Most Well Run Competition:
Bit6ix / MCB

Trends that should go:
Overuse of laath kama. Gimmicks that interrupt the set. Sidhu is trash btw.
Trends that should stay:
Live Boliyan in Music Sets (Remixed and raw)
 

Amrit Singh

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Trends that should stay: teams placing a bigger emphasis on learning to dance well and dance cleanly.

Trends that should go: the toxic culture that’s become more and more prevalent in recent years. Stop bitching about judging, stop the circlejerking, stop all the negativity and pettiness. It’s good to be competitive, it’s a competitive dance circuit, but what happened to good sportsmanship? It seems like every comp someone thinks they got “robbed” or that xyz team should’ve/shouldn’t have placed. I’m not that old, and I’ve only been involved in this scene (pretty quietly) for 5 years or so, and I’m disappointed to say that I grew out of this and lost my love for bhangra much faster than I imagined I would have when I first started dancing. The politics is killing the community. Acknowledge others achievements, keep your head down and work your butt off if you feel like you have something to prove, don’t be a fudhu. Simple enough.
 
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