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Even if you are new to these energetic group dances from Gujarat in western India, you'll quickly find your place on the dance floor during this spirited night of culture, community, and live music. Garba, with its repeating claps, twirls, and circular patterns, and raas, performed with sticks and rotating partners, are traditionally danced during the fall festival of Navratri and before weddings. Fun and social, they have been passionately embraced by young people across the Indian diaspora in recent years. Both are easy to learn, especially with our instructors on hand. The evening will also feature a stage performance of traditional garba by The Sa Dance Company.
A limited quantity of dandiya (sticks used for dancing raas) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, thanks to the support of the India Center Foundation. While not required, if you do have your own pair of dandiya at home, feel free to bring them.
Please note that garba is traditionally danced without shoes. While you will not be required to remove your shoes, please keep in mind that many people will, and we ask that you avoid wearing heavy footwear or heels in the interest of safety. For those choosing to remove their shoes, there will be a place to store them on the side of the dance floor.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm Damrosch Park
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
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