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Worlds Best Bhangra Crew 2013 – Results

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World’s Best Bhangra Crew (WBBC) has one goal: give the bhangra circuit and the the audience what it wants. We strive to create an experience and an atmosphere that rivals a major sporting event. The WBBC board has hand picked 5 match-ups that represent not only the bhangra circuit today, but also the bhangra style of multiple cities and countries. 10 teams have been invited and the 5 match-ups between these 10 teams will be judged by an elite judging panel comprised of some of the most experienced and well respected judges. There will be 5 match-up winners and 1 overall winner. WBBC will take place on April 6, 2013 in Hackensack New Jersey. We hope to see you there.

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[toggle style=”closed” title=”UNC Bhangra Elite – University of North Carolina“]Founded in 1996, UNC Bhangra Elite is a nationally competitive dance team and student organization at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. They aim to spread their passion for dance and Punjabi culture through on-campus shows, charity events, a cardio fitness class, and a variety of competitions across the East Coast. Bhangra Elite seeks to embody joy, energy, creativity, and most importantly, the power of teamwork. Go Heels![/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=” Cal Bhangra – UC Berkeley“]Founded in 2009, Cal Bhangra was formed to promote awareness of the Punjabi Culture at UC Berkeley through the expression of traditional, folk Punjabi dance. With small beginnings at culture shows and exhibitions, we now strive to maintain a strong collegiate presence within North America’s competitive Bhangra circuit. Grounded in traditionality, grace, and energy, we aim to uphold the art of Bhangra amidst the ever evolving Bhangra scene. For us, this is not merely an extracurricular dance team; this is a family.[/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=”GCC Bhangra – Gabru Chel Chabileh“]Gabru Chel Chabileh translates to ‘young, joyous, energetic men’ and we are a male Bhangra group which was established in 2009. We strive to maintain and promote traditional folk Bhangra, whilst incorporating modern influences in order to deliver breath-taking and entertaining performances for all backgrounds to appreciate and enjoy.[/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=”Furteelay Shokeen“]Representing the Motor City, Furteelay Shokeen formed in the summer of 2009. The team began with a couple passionate gabroos wanting to dance and grew quickly within three and half years. Furteelay plans on continuing its growth and impressing crowds all across North America![/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=”FAUJ“]FAUJ is Boston’s premier all-male bhangra army. Since its formation two years ago, the team has competed at eight competitions across North America and placed consistently at the last seven. In addition to competing, the team is active in the local Boston community and performs regularly at community shows, college events, weddings and banquet-hall events. FAUJ is humbled to be invited to the first ever World’s Best Bhangra Crew and looks forward to sharing the stage with their brothers from Bhangra Knightz in addition to the other well-accomplished teams.[/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=”Bhangra Knightz“]Hailing from the Bay Area, Bhangra Knightz were formed in 2005 by a group of close knit friends who had a strong passion for the art of Bhangra. Since then, the Knightz have established themselves as one of the premiere Bhangra teams in the nation. Through ambition, commitment, and hard work, Bhangra Knightz have prided themselves in their true passion and love for Bhangra, and their work in spreading culture to the youth. The Knightz hope to amaze every crowd with their diverse and creative choreography, continuous energy, and heart wrenching expressions.[/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=”Rutgers University Bhangra“]RU Bhangra hails from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. We are the oldest collegiate bhangra team in the nation and thus we have been competing for almost 20 years. Throughout our history we have maintained our identity as a traditional team that focuses on unique ways of combining a folk flavor with an entertaining twist. We take pride in our rich history, hard work, and our willingness to push the known limits of traditional co-ed bhangra. The team we have carefully constructed has been through the rigors of thorough training and is ready to bring a renewed sense of folk tradition back into the world of bhangra.[/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=”Cornell University Bhangra“]Over the past 15 years Cornell Bhangra has become a permanent fixture on the competitive bhangra circuit. They are the longest continuously running team in North America and each year they host Pao Bhangra, the largest student-run show on Cornell’s campus as well as the largest bhangra exhibition in North America. The team has performed at events all over the continent such as Vancouver’s VIBC, Chicago’s PCS, Boston Bhangra, and many more. They strive to continue their legacy through their energy, excitement, and innovation.[/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=”D.C. Bhangra Crew“]D.C. Bhangra Crew (DCBC) is an all-female Bhangra dance team representing the D.C. Metropolitan area. DCBC consists of first and second-generation students and individuals who seek to further explore the rich and vibrant culture of Punjab through the lens of performing arts, and more specifically the dance form of Bhangra. We aim to be an example of equality within a circuit that is traditionally male-dominated.[/toggle] [toggle style=”closed” title=”Shaan Mutiyaaran Di Bhangra Club“]Shaan Mutiyaaran Di Bhangra Club is an all-female bhangra team based out of New York City. The team is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word: its dancers are alumni of collegiate teams from all over the country. The group’s dancers capitalize on the diversity of their backgrounds and nationalities, as well as their training in a multitude of bhangra styles to create a unique, yet cohesive take on the traditional folk dance. Coming together as one uniform unit on stage and off, SMD genuinely lives up to their name and acts in accordance with, not only representing, but being The Pride of Women.[/toggle]

It is great to see GCC Bhangra – Gabru Chel Chabileh representing the UK at the 2013 Worlds Best Bhangra Crew event.

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The Match ups:-o
CAL Bhangra vs UNC Bhangra Elite
Furteelay Shokeen vs Gabru Chel Chabileh
FAUJ vs Bhangra Knightz
Rutgers University Bhangra vs Cornell Bhangra
DC Bhangra Crew vs Shaan Mutiyaaran Di

The results:-
CAL Bhangra
Furteelay Shokeen
Bhangra Knights
Cornell Bhangra
Shaan Mutiyaaran Di

Overall winners Cornell Bhangra.

Congratulations to Cornell Bhangra on their victory. Well done to all teams for competing, and special well done to Gabru Chel Chabileh for travelling from UK to USA to compete.

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