East Coast Showdown is a South Asian dance competition featuring two different traditional Indian dance forms: Bhangra and Garba-Raas. East Coast Showdown was founded last year with the purpose of providing a platform for spreading the rich and vibrant culture of South Asia. Along with giving students the opportunity to show their passion for the performing arts, we believe in giving back to our community and are therefore associated with the charitable non-profit Pratham USA. In our first year, we successfully hosted 14 Bhangra and Garba-Raas teams from across the nation including California, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and of course, Virginia! Entering our second year as a competition, we are excited to host even more teams with 8 Bhangra teams and 8 Garba-Raas teams.

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Raas and Garba are two different dance styles that originate from the state of Gujarat in India. Garba is traditionally performed during the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri where people dance rhythmically in a circle. Raas, on the other hand, involves using sticks called dandiya. Today, Garba-Raas has evolved into an elaborate production with colorful costumes and high energy choreography. Furthermore, we are excited to announce that we are an official Raas All-Stars National Bid Competition for the second year in a row!


Bhangra is a style of music and traditional, folk dance that originates from the region of Punjab. Bhangra is known for its lively beats and high energy choreography. While this dance form was originally performed to celebrate Vaisakhi, the beginning of the harvest, it has evolved into a way to celebrate special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and other auspicious events. Although Bhangra is still enjoyed by many in its traditional form, it is also appreciated in its fusion with other genres such as hip-hop.


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