Say goodbye to your t-shirts and your lightweight jackets, because the cold is finally kicking in. Don’t get me wrong, I love the change of seasons, but every once in a while it’s nice to forget the cold. If you’re looking to be transported away from the fast-approaching New England winter, check out the Cambridge and Boston weekend events.
Boston Bhangra Competition
Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Maybe you’ve never heard of bhangra. If that’s the case, allow me to introduce you. Bhangra is an Indian folk dance formed in the country’s Punjab region to celebrate the harvest. In the mid-1900s it made its way to other parts of the world with Punjabi emigrants. Today, it has begun to fuse with Western dance styles like hip hop.
For the last couple decades, the United States and Canada have organized increasingly popular bhangra competitions, and the Boston Bhangra Competition has been named one of the best. Twelve of the top teams have been selected to compete for first place. Six judges award points based on seven criteria: the opening, costumes, synchronization/fluidity/formations/transitions, grace/energy/expression, traditional steps, originality, and ending.
But unlike the judges, you don’t need to be an expert to attend. The competition is sure to entertain, making you appreciate the athleticism, choreography, energy, and colorful costumes of the competitors!