Dance, Dhamaka, and Dhol!

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UC Berkeley’s premiere South Asian organization, INDUS, will host its sixth Annual Hindi film dance competition, Bollywood Berkeley, on Feb. 17. It is the largest Hindi film dance competition in the nation, and hopes to attract 1,500 audience members. Priya Gupta, vice president, INDUS, says, “We choose teams to participate based on an audition video that they send us. Depending on the most popular films of the year, we do have entries which choose the same songs.” Through this audition process, 10 teams were selected from dozens of applications across the nation to compete for the $2,000 first place cash prize. The members of each team practice for hours to make sure that the dance sequences are completely sychronised, energetic, and fun to watch. Team members fundraise to cover costs related to travel, costumes, and props. Each team spends hundreds of dollars to get ready for their dance sequence, and are looking at taking home the top prize. For the first time this year, the team that stands first at Bollywood Berkeley will be given the opportunity to compete in Top Naach and Best of the Best, two of the nation’s highest ranking dance competitions. Gupta says that the first Bollywood Berkeley competition was held at the Palace of Fine Arts and was a sold out show. For its sixth annual competition, the organisers are confident of a sold-out show, featuring high quality performances. Saturday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m. Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. $25, $30 at door.http://www.sulekha.com

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