SurvivoRaas teams compete Saturday at Jorgenson
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 23:01
The UConn South Asian dance group UC ThundeRaas will present a Raas and Garba dance competition this Satuyrday. These traditional dance forms come from Northern India in the state of Gujarat. Held at the Jorgenson of Performing Arts, the performance will host eight competing teams for a “Survivor”-style dance-off.
Conceived by the members of UC ThunderRaas, the event includes up-and-coming teams from the area looking for competition. Feeling that the lack of local competitions prevented them from “getting their feet wet,” the members of UC ThundeRaas felt it was necessary to bring a competition to the Northeast.
Nsha Acharya, a senior at UConn, joined ThundeRaas as a sophomore. During the two years she has been a member of the group, Acharya has formed strong relationships with her team members and developed a passion for the art form. Having attended various competitions from New York to Atlanta, Acharya has seen firsthand what it takes to make a good Raas team, as well as what composes an excellent competition. She played an integral part as one of the directors orchestrating the event. Director Neel Rana, a junior at UConn pursuing a political science degree, is captain of the UC ThundeRaas team this year. Media Chair Neha Pasnoori, Marketing Chair Khushbu Patel and Events Chair Megha Patel also played important roles in creating the event.
The competing teams for SurvivoRaas include the Bentley BizRaas, the BU Fatakada, the CMU Raasta, Columbia Raas, UCLA’s Battaka Nu Shaak, UMBC Raascals, the UMD EntouRaas and the UVA HooRaas. These teams are coming from all over the country to participate in the first UConn-hosted SurvivoRaas competition. After hours upon hours of practice, the groups will finally be able to demonstrate their talents in dance. It will surely be an interesting competition to watch.
SurvivoRaas will award Raas National Bids to the top three teams of the competition. Third-place winners will receive one bid toward the national competition, a trophy and $250. Second place receives one more bid point, a trophy and $500. The grand prize for the competition consists of four bid points, a trophy and $1,500.
The event starts at 6 p.m. Tickets to SurvivoRaas can be bought at Jorgensen. Further information about the teams can be found on the official SurvivoRaas page.