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ILP-DC Bhangra Bash: June 9th, 2007

ILP-DC Bhangra Bash: June 9th, 2007

pics pics pics pics pics Liberty Middle School,
6801 Union Mill Rd,
Clifton, VA 20124

The ILP-DC Chapter together with the Namaste student club hosted the first-ever high school Bhangra dance competition in Northern Va. in June at Liberty Middle School. This event was tailored along the lines of the famous collegiate-level competitions across the US that occur in campuses such as MIT and George Washington University.

Six high school teams participated in this inaugural event that experienced several hurdles including a venue change and last-minute dropouts. The Namaste club students also showed great determination in organizing the format, and put in a lot of time to attract other schools despite the event being held close to their graduation. All efforts paid off once the event started as the atmosphere was charged with audience members cheering their respective teams on and in one case even bringing along their school mascot for support. The combination of colorful outfits, intense foot-tapping music and elaborate dance moves had both the audience & judges glued to their seats.

Overall, this event was a great platform for the students to showcase their talent and creativity in addition to helping ILP towards its goal of a 100% literate India. Due to overwhelming response, plans are underway to organize a bigger Bhangra Bash in ’08.

About TJ Namaste club: Namaste Club is a South Asian cultural community at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science [TJHSST] and Technology. Located in Alexandria VA, TJHSST is a unique public “magnet” school that provides a specialized environment for selected students with a challenging program focused on math, science and technology. Admission to TJ is highly competitive that includes a tough entrance test. TJHSST has the highest average SAT score among all American high schools and many of its graduates go on to attend Ivy League colleges. For more, visit Activities at TJ Namaste .