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Best of the Best part deux - an Indian dance competition

by Robert Abrams
April 15, 2006
New York City Center
130 West 56th Street
(Audience Entrance is on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues)
(Entrance for Studios and Offices is on West 56th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019
212.247.0430
Best of the Best - www.bobnyc.com
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  • UBC Girlz Bhangra - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • UIUC Toys 'R Raas at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • Malkit Singh, The King of Bhangra, performs at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • The Awards Ceremony at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • An Introduction to the dances featured in Best of the Best: Bhangra, Raas-Garba, Bollywood/Fusion - 4/15/06 by Palak Sheth

    The Best of the Best NYC is a dance competition featuring three styles of Indian dance: Bhangra, Raas/Garba, and Bollywood/Fusion. The dancers came from nine teams that traveled to New York from around the country. Many of the teams were college dance groups. They danced with enthusiasm and passion. I danced a little Bhangra in college, and I have seen Indian films, so I was excited to see what was on offer. These teams took the dance forms to a whole new level. They had precision and energy. Their eye-popping costumes would do a ballroom dancer proud. The production values for all of the groups were very high. City Center was packed. The audience cheered on their favorite teams with gusto. You didn't have to be Indian to enjoy all of the great performances.

    The teams were followed by a performance by Malkit Singh, a singer known as the King of Bhangra. He, his drummer and his dancers electrified the crowd.

    The evening ended with all of the dancers on stage for the awards ceremony. UIUC Toys 'R Raas from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign took home the big prize.

    This was a well organized event. Both the dancers and the organizers are to be commended for their performances.

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    WINNERS OF THE OVERALL 1ST PLACE BEST OF THE BEST PRIZE IS…
    UIUC - TOYS 'R RAAS

    WINNERS OF 1ST PLACE IN THE BHANGRA CATEGORY IS…
    THE BHANGRA TEAM

    WINNERS OF 1ST PLACE IN THE BOLLYWOOD/FUSION CATEGORY IS…
    SAPA - RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

    WINNERS OF 1ST PLACE IN THE RAAS-GARBA CATEGORY IS…
    UIUC - TOYS 'R RAAS

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    All of the performers sit on stage during the introduction to the show
    Photo courtesy of Robert Abrams

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