Forget those television dance competitions. Forget everything you’d think a dance competition would be, actually, because Garba With Attitude is ready to get you thinking differently about dance altogether. With teams from across the University of California system as well as other universities across the country, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts is primed to become a spectacle of sight and sound for a dance contest like no other.
On Feb. 26th, the ninth annual Garba With Attitude will feature the University of California, L.A.’s Baataka Nu Shaak; University of California, Riverside’s UCRaas; University of California, San Diego’s Raas Ruckus; Stanford University’s Basmati Raas; University of Texas, Austin’s Texas Raas; Drexel University’s Drexal Dandiya; Duke University’s Daal Baath Shaak Raas; University of Maryland’s EntouRass; Saint Louis University’s SLU Raas and University of Illinois, Chicago’s DangeRaas. The teams will compete for a spot in New York’s Best of the Best competition as well as a spot in the 2011 Raas Dance Championships in Dallas.
Garba is a form of Indian dance that originated in the country’s Gujarat region. The word Garba stems from the Sanskrit for womb. Many traditional Garbas are performed around a centrally lit lamp or idol. In addition to the traditional dance of the region, Garba is also influenced by Raas, a dance customarily performed by men using two wooden sticks known as Dandiyas.
Garba With Attitude has grown to become America’s premiere Garba/Raas-style dance competition and remains as the only one of its kind on the West Coast, brining the culture and skill of traditional Indian dance to audiences year after year. Get your tickets as soon as possible, as the dance competition has sold-out the last five years.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Dr. in Costa Mesa. For more information on Garba with Attitude, visit the Center’s official web site at www.scfta.org. For tickets, call the center’s box office at 714.556.2746 or visit www.scfta.org.