How to dance punjabi style

Bhangra + Bollywood — The Viscount Dance Studio

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Instructor: Anjali
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Bollywood Dance is a fusion of different dance forms including: Hip-hop, Jazz, Indian Classical, Indian Folk, Bhangra and everything else you can imagine. It is a great way to have fun while getting a good workout. Students of all ages and all fitness levels are welcome to join this class seeing as the tendency to enjoy this upbeat, energetic dance is universal. Bollywood is also a very simple dance style to learn, again making it the perfect dance for any age. Bollywood dance is definitely the most fun way to get fit as it provides a workout that is much more fun than the tread mill, hands down. Or should we say, hands up and waving like mad!

This class is taught in choreography form! You'll learn a progressing routine which helps you develop muscle memory and gives you something specific to practice at home or at Bollywood events! Anjali, being the renown DJ that she is, will no doubt have a sweet sweet tune for your choreo. Enjoy!!!!


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Instructor: Anjali
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You've heard her on the radio, and you've been to her dance parties, now you can join her in class, or via Zoom and learn the history, culture, and technique behind the music and this Punjabi folk dance, Bhangra. Anjali is one of Portland’s best kept secret’s when it comes to our music culture. Take advantage of her expertise and charm ;)


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Instructor: Anjali
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Bollywood Dance is a fusion of different dance forms including: Hip-hop, Jazz, Indian Classical, Indian Folk, Bhangra and everything else you can imagine. It is a great way to have fun while getting a good workout. Students of all ages and all fitness levels are welcome to join this class seeing as the tendency to enjoy this upbeat, energetic dance is universal. Bollywood is also a very simple dance style to learn, again making it the perfect dance for any age. Bollywood dance is definitely the most fun way to get fit as it provides a workout that is much more fun than the tread mill, hands down. Or should we say, hands up and waving like mad!

In this 2 hour workshop you'll learn a progressive routine which will introduce you to the language of Bollywood, train you develop muscle memory, and give you something specific to practice at home or at Bollywood dance events! Anjali, being the renown DJ that she is, will deliver not just an excellent routine, but a play list that will blow your mind.

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You know Portland's incredible DJ Anjali, but do you know the Punjabi folk dances Bhangra + Giddha? Now you can get to know all three! Get to know Anjali, and she will get you familiar with these two Punjab dances, and their histories, culture, and modern applications. There's a lot to learn here, not to mention, do. These dances are totally addicting. Thank you Anjali!

*This first video only covers Bhangra…Giddha yet to come!

Here are the songs used in this video:
1. Khushian by RDB ft. Manak E
2. Nagni by Jasmin Sandlas
3. Affair by Baani Sandhu ft. Dilpreet Dhillon
4. Kere Pind De by Panjabi MC
5. Tombi by Panjabi MC
6. Jhanjar by Panjabi MC
7. Drive by Diljit Dosanjh
8. High Rated Gabru by Guru Randhawa
9. Kharku by Diljit Dosanjh
Yes, she's a DJ ;)

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Anjali talks about and teaches moves from a more classical style of Bollywood, from which the "Filmy" version is derived. History, culture, music, and movement!!!! That's why we love Anjali so much, and we think you will, too!
Music used in this video:
1. Liggi - Ritviz
2. Zindagi Meri Dance Dance - Alisha Chinai + Vijay Benedict

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10 Types of Punjabi Folk Dance

Punjab is a very rich state regarding the styles and number of folk dances that you can find here. It has many different varieties of folk dances including Bhangra and Giddha among the most prominent and popular. Not to miss out on a good thing these days, many non-Punjabis also get into the spirit and fun of the folk dances of Punjab, as you sometimes see a European, African or Chinese face in different Bhangra competitions. Such non-Punjabis made Punjabi dance literally part of their own local culture.

The Punjab people’s exuberance and enthusiasm are strongly displayed in their folk dances. The steps are full of speech, movements, verbal comments, movement subtleties, and uninhibited liberation-it’s a heart dance! With the drumbeat or the rhythm of some other folk music instrument, the lively feet of the Punjab people are spontaneously set to give up resistance and instantly give birth to a folk dance- an expression of the victorious soul; an explosion of emotions; a sudden release of energy. Punjab dances are the direct representation of the energy and enthusiasm of Punjab’s vibrant youth. Folk dances of Punjab are full of foreign influences. It is only in Punjab where men and women don’t have the dance.

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Bhangra was originally dedicated to harvesting but later changed its shape with some modernization, changing musical equipment and evolving dancing patterns. Bhangra’s energy with a traditional Punjabi Dhol and Jhanjhar has gradually become popular across all Indian states.

Bhangra outfit is Lungi and buttonless jacket. The dancers also use different-color handkerchiefs. Wearing Pug (turban), a sign of Punjabi pride. Women perform it with traditional Salwar-Kameez and Chunni, often wears male dancers.

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Giddha is played by Punjab’s young women. The dance is a show of women’s vigor and vitality and has a colorful atmosphere. It is not limited to any particular times, either. The dance can be performed on any social event. The costume is common household stuff with a few light decorations.  Giddha’s dance style jerks the shoulders and bends the lower body segment. Clapping helps the dance as a musical instrument as well. The dance uses no instrumental music.

Performed in a large circle, Giddha’s singing is called “Boli or Biloyan,” usually utilizing emotional expressions. The dance is a family show with all the women making a beautiful presentation with regular singing and dancing.

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Jhoomer is known for his passion and vivacity. It originated from the regions Balochistan and Multan. The dance is slow and rhythmic in tempo. The word Jhumur derives from “Jhoom” which means swaying gently. The performances usually focus on love and other emotions. The “ecstasy move” is also sometimes referred to as in the show, the dance recreates animal movements, field plowing, seed sowing, harvesting, and other such activities.

Other forms of Jhumar exist, such as Satluj Jhumar, Chenab Jhumar, Beas Jhumar, and Multani Jhumar. This dance is very popular among Punjab folk dances and is known for its grace and elegance in particular.

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Malawi Giddha is one of Punjab’s popular folk dances mostly performed by the region’s bachelors. It emerged in areas such as the districts Bathinda, Muktsar, Ferozpur, Faridkot, Mansa, Sangrur and Patiala. The dance uses a wide range of musical instruments, such as Chimta / tongs, which is the traditional musical percussion instrument of South Asia, often used in well-liked Punjabi Giddha and Bhangra music. A further instrument used in the performance is Dholaki.

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This dance is done by Muslim holy men Juli, called pirs. They usually dance in hermitages (khangas). The dance is performed as people sit. Sometimes, they dance around the grave of the preceptor. The dancer normally wears black.


Traditionally Sammi women from the Sandalbar area perform Sammi, now in Pakistan. The dancers dress in brightly colored kurtas and full-flowing lehengas dresses. The dance is synonymous with a specific silver hair decoration.

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The literal meaning of Jaago is that of waking up! When a marriage is in the home, girls dance through the streets of the village, holding a pot (gaggar) decorated with lightened candles and singing Jaagu songs. The song themes are social, and typically a bit of mockery, mostly aimed at elders, goes along with the music.

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Often known as the Gatka dance, this is a holiday dance. Two guys, each carrying colorful staves, dance around each other in unison with the drums and tap their sticks together. The dance is often a part of a marriage celebration.


This is a disco of triumph, where people make different head movements. The costume is a loose, plain shirt. The dancers put their backs on one side, and their faces on the other. The movement of the body is sinuous and like a snake. There’s a guitarist in the dance room as well.

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How to learn to dance shuffle - Lifehacker

December 15, 2019 Likbez Sports and fitness

Master the basic moves, then improvise and have fun.

Iya Zorina

Author of Lifehacker, athlete, CCM

This dance style includes a lot of freedom and improvisation. That is why he is so good. You can master the basic movements in a couple of hours, and then complicate them to infinity and combine them with each other, create your own combinations and spy on others. nine0003

Dance in sneakers, socks or barefoot, in any outfit, anywhere.

Master the basic movements of the shuffle

In this style, you do all the basic movements with your feet, the hands most often move freely - according to the heart.

Running man

This is the most basic and essential shuffle movement. You can do it in three different ways.

Full foot

The movement begins by bending your knee and lifting one leg. Next, you need to simultaneously put both legs - supporting and raised - at a distance of one step from each other. nine0003

The raised leg is placed forward on a full foot, the standing one behind slips back on the ball of the foot and remains on it - the heel is not placed on the floor. The weight is evenly distributed between the two legs.

After that, it remains to return to the starting position. To do this, the front leg slides back, and at the same time, the back leg is pulled up. You find yourself in the starting position and repeat the cycle. The movement itself is soft and springy: do not stick into the floor, keep your legs relaxed. nine0003


This is a lighter and faster running man look that may be needed for some combinations. Here you put your foot not on the whole foot, but on the heel. At the same time, the one standing behind remains on the toe.

On pads

In this variation, the foot is placed forward on the pad. At the same time, the one standing behind also remains on the ball of the foot, and the body leans slightly back.


In this movement, one foot constantly makes a “herringbone” - turns the heel in and out - and the second touches the floor and immediately rises back. nine0003

When the heel of the skating leg turns inward, the toe of the other leg touches the floor; when outward, the other leg rises, turning the knee inward.

It turns out two positions: closed - when the legs are wrapped with the knees inward, and one leg is raised, and open - when the legs are turned out with the knees outward, and the toe touches the floor. Practice doing the T-step in both directions: slowly at first, then with acceleration.


You jump on one foot while the other touches the floor in different places: on the side of the supporting leg, across, behind - anywhere you want. You can put your foot on the toe or on the heel - the latter is called a kick. The supporting leg can simply rise low or perform a T-step - move the heel out and in. nine0003


To begin, you turn your knees and toes inward and lift one leg. Then turn your toes and knees outward, and put your raised leg forward crosswise. Repeat the same with the other leg.

All movement occurs on the balls of the feet, the heels do not fall to the floor. You can move both forward and backward.


First, with a jump, you put your feet crosswise with your toes out, then you also spread your legs to the sides with a jump. nine0003


One leg is straight, stands on the whole foot, the other is with a bent knee on the pad. Leaning on the pad, you slip the foot of a straight leg back, as if wiping the sole on the floor.

Immediately after the slip, you turn around. In the turn, the straight leg bends and goes to the pad, and the one that was on the pad, on the contrary, turns on the heel. After that, it remains only to change legs and move in the same way in the other direction.


From the starting position - standing with a raised leg, as in Running man - you turn your hips to the side with a jump and put your legs crosswise.

The front foot is on the heel, the back foot is on the ball. Then you jump back to the starting position and do the same on the other side.


From the starting position, you turn your hips to the side with a jump and spread your legs a step apart from each other. The standing foot in front is placed on the heel, the standing one behind remains on the pillow. Then, with a jump, you collect your legs and do the same on the other side. nine0003

Try other variations of the basic shuffle movements

You can perform basic movements in different directions: forward and backward, turning around. This will give you more freedom to improvise.

Variations Running man

Do several times in place and then turn around. You can also try walking this way to the side. Each time the leg will need to be placed slightly crossed in order to slowly move to the side.

Variations T‑step

You can lower your foot on the toe, on the whole foot, touch the floor to the side of the supporting leg or forward and behind it.

You can also keep the other leg on the floor at all - leave it on the toe and turn the knee in and out.

Variations Diamond

Here one more element is added to the movement – ​​the heel strike. In the starting position, you wrap the toes of the feet and knees inward, and then jump on the heels, turning the socks to the sides.

From this position, without jumping, you turn your toes and knees inward, cross your legs with a jump, turning your feet with your toes outward, and then return to the starting position. nine0003

Charleston Variations

After three turns of the Charleston, turn both toes in one direction and then in the other. At the end, you can turn the knee to the side.

Combine familiar shuffle moves

While you lack the skills to move freely and come up with something of your own, learn a few combinations. They contain interesting movements that will replenish your dance vocabulary.

Combination 1

This is a simple combination of two basic movements - Running man and T-step. First take five Running man steps, then four T-steps to the side and repeat the same in the opposite direction. nine0057

Combination 2

Another combination of two basic movements. Here you do three Running mans, then one T‑step with a back foot touch, and two front heel touch kicks. The same on the other side.

Combination 3

There are no standard steps here, but there are already familiar Sidekick and transition from heels to toes.

Learn more difficult combinations

We will add some videos with good combinations.

1. Cool video for beginners: movements are repeated in slow motion to make it easier to dance to the music. nine0003

2. And here the combination is analyzed step by step in slow motion, dividing it into three parts. Very comfortably. Look for more on this channel, there are several such analyzes.

3. No slowdown here, just a great combination. But you already know almost all the movements, so you can figure it out. If something is not clear, watch the video at a speed of 0.25.

Pick the music and improvise

You probably have a favorite song to shuffle to. Include them and start with basic movements: just do the Running man and periodically add different elements when you want. Move in different directions, relax and have fun. nine0003

If you don't have favorite tracks, try our selection.

I must say that the shuffle is an amazing cardio workout. In just a couple of tracks, you will be out of breath and sweat, like after a run, but you will feel absolutely happy!

What's more, if you have to force yourself to keep going while running, shuffle requires you to have the willpower to stop and not dance. As a bonus - a short video from a beginner after a couple of hours of practice. nine0003

Shuffle is cool!

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Modern dance styles ⋆ Moscow Dance Center MDC NRG

Hip Hop is a very dynamic and fast dance. It belongs to free-style street dances, improvisation is welcome here. There are many styles of dance from very plastic to frankly aggressive. nine0003

Hip Hop Choreo is a style expressing precision and grace of movement. Its other name is LA Style, and this is one of the most spectacular and spectacular dances. Combining many directions, the dancer makes a dance specifically for the composition. It looks very spectacular.

Street Jazz is also a free style. It combines the best elements of various directions. This dance contains many small elements, smoothly flowing from one to another. This is a very beautiful and contradictory dance at the same time. nine0003

House is a trendy, very dynamic dance. Here, the active work of all the muscles of the body is welcomed, many styles are combined. The dance originated in one of the nightclubs and quickly spread among young people. Today house is a very interesting dance style. Requiring serious preparation and great endurance of the dancer.

Jazz Funk is a style with elements of classical jazz. However, this is a more free dance, improvisation is also welcome here. You can see the brightest elements of street styles. Dance contributes to the development of endurance, plasticity, gracefulness of movements. Looking for a way to express yourself? He is for you. nine0003

Contemporary is quite an interesting style. He uses ballet technique but avoids well-defined movements. This dance is a great way of self-expression, it allows you to bring something new to modern choreography. This style will help to work out the technique, learn to control your own body, observe the coordination of movements.

Booty Dance /Twerk. This dance combines two types of movements. Slow rotation of the pelvis and lower back and rhythmic movements of the buttocks. This is a very passionate dance, it is based on the excellent control of one's own body. Classes in this style will betray the girl more grace, courage and looseness. nine0003

Dancehall is a style that originated on the dance floors of Jamaica. It is performed to reggae music with the addition of modern arrangements. The dance is a reflection of culture, customs, traditions and Jamaica. Its performance helps to relax, and the incendiary rhythm charges with an excellent mood.

Reggaeton Fusion is a frank dance. It is a mixture of elements of hip-hop and gentle, sexy Latino. Can be performed in pairs or solo. The style was developed in Latin America, but today it is quite popular all over the world. Performed to reggae music with elements of rap, techno music. nine0003

Afro Dance. There are no complex elements in the dance. Many begin to dance from the first lesson. The direction is a mixture of elements of hip-hop and ritual African dances. The dancer completely relaxes and allows his body to move freely to the rhythmic sounds of the music.

High Heels is an eccentric dance. It has everything: femininity, provocation, sexy rhythms of pop music. Choreography is set for each specific track. The style is reminiscent of jazz-funk, but performed in heels. The direction seems complicated only at first glance. nine0003

Lady's Style. The main distinguishing feature of the style is a pronounced sexuality. This dance is great for girls. Indeed, thanks to him, they will be able to reveal the grace of the body, become more feminine and attractive.

Go-Go Fusion is a club style that combines a huge number of trends. The ability to move beautifully, to feel the musical rhythm, to be able to quickly switch and improvise is important here. This dance will allow the girl to move confidently and with pleasure, to any club composition. nine0003

Strip plastic. The dance originated from striptease. His main movements are aimed at the disclosure and development of his own sexuality. Dance helps a girl to love her body, to become more relaxed, to find charm and grace. Here you do not need to undress, it is important to learn how to express your passion through movements.

Frame up strip. The main distinguishing feature of the style is provocation. This is a dance of expression. Here you can show passion, hatred, desire. When performing this dance, there are no limits in the form of embarrassment or decency. The style combines the rhythms and movements of the latest trends. nine0003

R'n'B - the style is similar to hip-hop in many ways, but it is more harmonious. It reflects the sexuality and technique of the dancer. Performed to the music of African American performers. The style is distinguished by extraordinary lightness and sensuality. Here, smooth movements are replaced by hard fixations through the most unexpected transitions.

Popping is a technical dance. It alternates between rapid contraction and relaxation of the muscles. The technique of execution differs from other modern trends, because here the movements are unnatural. The direction originated on the basis of the movements of dancers during improvisations. Therefore, it simultaneously contains the basic elements of different dance styles and the latest elements. nine0003

Zumba. This dance is a combination of dance moves and aerobics. Dynamic dance allows you to alternately load a variety of muscle groups. Gradually modeling the body, burning extra calories. The direction allows you to hone the plasticity, to feel the musical rhythm. Get positive energy.

Tribal is a new direction of oriental dance. Oriental style movements in the form of rotations of the hips and abdomen. They are supplemented with new elements of the dances of the peoples of Spain, India and Africa. The music for this dance is reminiscent of the ritual compositions of the ancient tribes. Girls who perform it learn to reveal their inner attractiveness and sexuality. nine0003

Club latina. The graceful performance of the beautiful elements of Latin American dances to the rhythms of Cuban music is the main direction of the dance. Contrary to popular belief, you can also improvise here. Excellent posture, graceful gait and graceful movements. Here is what you will get as a bonus by doing this type of dance.

Vogue is not just a style, it's a show, sheer improvisation. Here the direction is set, and where the dancer chooses to move. The emergence of the style is as unusual as its implementation: initially, this direction copied the famous theatrical poses of actress Gretta Garbo. Today the style is adapted to house culture. nine0003

Contamination. The style is a symbiosis of modern jazz and hip-hop. Choreography allows you to combine the basic movements of each of the directions. This dance is incredibly dynamic, it can be performed to any music. This is an experimental dance, where a new choreography is born from each basic element.

Body Make. The name speaks for itself. This direction allows you to tighten all muscle groups, performing elements of dance and exercises. A special combination of loads of various types helps to maintain physical fitness, to find a toned body. Thanks to this direction, you will get not only a beautiful figure and posture. But you will also find peace of mind and a good mood. nine0003

Stretching is a set of exercises that help you get a great stretch. The complex allows you to make your ligaments and muscles more elastic. These exercises will help increase the length of the legs. A good stretch is necessary for any dancer, and most girls dream of it.

Body Ballet is a direction for those who choose grace, sophistication and lightness. The body badet is based on classical ballet, therefore, during these trainings, you are guaranteed to acquire a noble posture and softness of movements. Do you want to get a more plastic, flexible and toned body? Start doing body ballet. nine0003

Dance Mix Kids is a clear and dynamic dance that combines elements from a wide variety of dance styles. Here they will teach you how to dance, easily adapting to a variety of styles of music. In training, you will get the necessary experience in order to light up any dance floor.

Girly Hip-hop. The basic dance moves are taken from hip-hop and jazz-funk styles. However, here the choreography is smoother, softer. The manner of presenting oneself to the public has been worked out, the style of movements is more focused on entertainment. nine0003

Choreography is a new direction that incorporates elements of various dances. This is a very specific, multifaceted action. The important thing here is that there is no stress. Style does not require preparation, there are no prohibitions in it.

Krump is a harsh, aggressive dance. Crump reflects the character of the dancer and his worldview. The dancer quickly alternates movements, does it abruptly, performs many jumps. If this is a dance in pairs, it sometimes resembles a fight.

Jazz Modern is a unique dance where jazz culture with unusual African motifs miraculously combines with modern style. Here improvisation is combined with broken movements. Therefore, dance is ideal for people who want to express themselves. nine0003

Break dance is one of the offshoots of hip-hop that has gained immense popularity for the contradiction of movements with the basic laws of physics and gravity. A very spectacular dance that allows you to express yourself to the fullest. There is a set of basic elements here. The dancer is invited to independently build a dance to the rhythm of the sounding music.

The C-walk is a dark, rather cynical dance created by a Los Angeles crime gang. He received his recognition thanks to famous rap artists.

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