Team from Chandigarh University representing India has made country proud by winning the 11th Edition of the Dance World Cup 2018. With more than 27 teams from all across the world participated in the Dance World Cup 2018 which was hosted by International Dance Council (CID) at Montreal, Canada. The team from Chandigarh University not only lifted the overall World Cup Dance Trophy but also won honors for Punjabi Folk Dance Bhangra which was adjudged as the Best Dance during the competition.
Initially 13 teams were shortlisted for the final round of the Dance World Cup 2018 which then competed on the final day of the tournament on 8th July. Team from Oman won the second position while the host team from Canada won third position.
“I came to know about the competition from one of my relative who lives in Vancouver, Canada and I at once thought of participating in it” said Harprabhjot Singh. After discussing the concept with my trainer Gurpreet Mann, we forwarded our proposal to Chancellor for approval. University Management gave us approval within one day and we started auditions for the team members and our confidence got boosted as the entire logistics were financed by our University under the Student Welfare Fund. After finalizing the team, we had only one month to practice and organize our final dance sequence.
“We were the only team who presented the dance on live instruments while all other teams performed on pre-recorded tracks which helped us in gaining some points during the finals” Jasaan Preet Kaur, the lead female dancer of the team. The most happiest moment was the our traditional folk dance Bhangra which although is Internationally acclaimed Dance form but winning World Cup was yet another feather which has popularized the dance even with the foreigners added Jassan Preet.
“The importance of winning the world cup was that the entire audience during the finals was Canadians and not even single person was Punjabi” said Sukhroop Singh. Foreigners were so excited that everyone clicked pics with us as we were wearing traditional Bhangra dress.