Bhangra FitnessBhangra Dance
Bhangra refers to several forms of folk dance and music that originate in the Punjab region of India. The dance is generally performed during the Vaisakhi festival that celebrates the harvest. Bhangra has a very energetic and lively tone and the dance is equally vivacious. The festival is celebrated with much pomp and fervor and the dresses worn by the male and female dancers are quite different from each other although both are a reflection of the joyous celebrations.
Bhangra refers to different types of dance
Daan Kara - performed with sticks, often at weddings.
Dhamal - particularly energetic form in a circle with hands in the air and lots of shouting.
Gatka - with swords, daggers, or sticks.
Giddha - This is the woman dance.
Jhumar - men dancing at weddings and other celebrations with a rhythm that is significantly lower.
Julli - can be done by a single person, even from a sitting position.
Kikli - usually hand in hand through pairs of girls or women.
Luddi - the dancer has a hand behind the head and the other hand stretched out.
Saami - is usually considered to be a woman dance.
Modern Bhangra developed in the 1990’s. This style combined traditional Bhangra steps with Western dance styles. The music is often a pre-recorded dance mix. It has become popular in international Punjabi communities and is often performed in competitions.