Over 100 University students broke out into a Bhangra flash mob inside the Woodward’s atrium, followed by a second performance in front of Rogers Arena. This all happened between 3-4pm on Dec. 2nd, right before the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game. The students were all from Simon Fraser and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Because of the early start, they were able to complete the dance in the light.
The dancers in the video are students enrolled in first-year university courses – CA 120 (SFU) and LANC 1870 (Kwantlen) focusing on Bhangra. The instructors of the respective courses, Gurp Sian and Rayman Bhuller, also represent the South Asian Arts organization.
Sian, who also works on the Punjabi Hockey Night in Canada broadcast said, “Two cultural centerpieces for the South Asian community in Greater Vancouver are Bhangra and hockey.Vancouver is considered the Mecca of Bhangra dance outside of India.”
“We thought it would be a perfect way to close out the semester for these students by connecting Bhangra and hockey.”
South Asian Arts organization endeavours to create performance and educational opportunities for professional & amateur artists and build artistic forums that act as a platform for building knowledge of South Asian culture via New Projects; New Ideas; New Collaborations.