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South Asian Dance Event

The South Asian Culture Club will present the South Asian Exploration of Dance, a sit-down dinner with performances taking place throughout, on Saturday, Nov. 3. The event, which is open to all members of the HWS and Geneva communities, is sponsored by the South Asian Culture Club. The event will take place in the Vandervort Room at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The event will highlight three of the many styles of South Asian dance, which are different from Western styles: classical; Raas, demonstrated by a dance team from the University of Rochester; and Bhangra, demonstrated by a dance team from SUNY Geneseo. These dance forms bring people together during times of celebration and are a means of expression and worship, often being performed at religious ceremonies as well as festivities. A guest speaker will provide background on each dance form before the performance, describing the significance of each style.

“We hope those who come to our event walk away with an increased understanding of the religious roles dance plays in South Asia along with the sense of community that these dance forms can provide,” says Heli Shah ’13 executive officer of the South Asian Culture Club. “Dance can be used to unite people, even though there is much diversity within the region.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased in the Scandling Campus Center during lunch and dinner hours. They are $3 for HWS students and $5 for non-HWS students. To reserve tickets, please contact Sima Rana at