New Yorkers should be prepared for dhol beats, ghungroo chimes and Bollywood rhythms to fill the air of downtown Manhattan. On April 7th 2011, The Best of the Best national dance competition (BOB) will be held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 6:30pm. The best South Asian Dance Teams from across America will ascend the stage to battle it out for the title of: Best of the Best.
BOB showcases winning teams from the top Bhangra, Garba-Raas and Bollywood/Fusion competitions from around the nation. Three teams from each dance genre are invited to perform at BOB. The individual styles are judged separately and yield one winner per category. An overall champion is crowned from the top teams. Judges for BOB are experts from each genre and have individually impacted the world of dance.
BOB has been dubbed “The Olympics of Indian Dance Competitions.” Unlike many other South Asian Dance Competitions, BOB is not affiliated with a university. The original BOB Squad founded the competition in 2005 and together have stood the test of time, creating an institution for the South Asian dance community.
Seven years ago we were just out of undergrad from the University of Michigan, where we were used to creating visions and turning them into realities. And so, as three people who had danced throughout college on multiple dance teams, (both competitive and non-competitive) we set out to create a movement that we did not have–but would have loved to be a part of–during our college days. We didn’t think of it as a business or even a charitable event; we simply thought from a dancer’s perspective. We had a clear vision, and it became our BOB mantra:
· To unite the diverse Indian communities both on stage and in our audience.
· To raise the bar and challenge Indian competitive dance teams across the nation.
· To treat these dancers as they ought to be treated - as the best.
This year’s dance teams come from California, New York, Ohio and Massachusetts. Winning BOB provides South Asian Dance crews with bragging rights for an entire year.
Joining the teams on stage this year as a featured act is maestro, Raginder Momi. Also known as Violinder, Momi is a violin prodigy who fuses his unique classical Indian training with Hip Hop and Punjabi music.
Join the almost 1000 audience members for another historical year of Best of the Best. Tickets are available at bobcomp.com/tickets.