Aaja Nachle is a collegiate Bollywood fusion dance competition in its fourth year and the first competition of its kind in the DFW area. This year, the event will take place on February 16, 2019 at Marshall Performing Arts Center in Addison, TX. It will be hosted by the University of Texas at Dallas Indian Cultural Association, in cooperation with the non-profit organization, Ekal Vidyalaya. The show will feature eight teams from universities across the nation that will be competing for prize money, as well as the honor that comes with placing at a national dance competition. Last year, Aaja Nachle was fortunate enough to have teams from California, Virginia, Georgia, and other major cities in Texas. We plan on being a bid competition for Legends Bollywood Dance Championship. This championship is responsible for bringing together the best collegiate Bollywood fusion teams in the country to battle it out to be named the best team in the nation.
Ekal Vidyalaya is an organization involved in integrated & holistic development of rural & tribal India. The main activity undertaken in this movement is to run one-teacher schools (known as Ekal Vidyalayas) all over India, in remote rural & tribal villages. The overriding philosophy of The Ekal Vidyalaya Movement is to take a holistic approach of social and economic development to tribal & rural India. With the participation of numerous trusts and non-profit organizations, this movement has become the largest grassroots level non-governmental education & development movement that operates in the remote villages of India. The Ekal movement aims to help eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India following the philosophy of rural development based on the criteria of equality & inclusiveness across all the sections of the society..
We are fortunate enough to be connected to Desi Dance Network Inc. (DDN), a large network that brings people who have a passion for dance together. DDN has grown its presence nationally and there are a large number of competitions and dance teams across the nation that choose to be a part of it. Our sponsors will receive national recognition as well as help DDN’s cultural outreach. Desi Dance Network, Inc. exists to redefine and promote the shifting identity of South Asian dance, music, and other performance arts by bridging the gap between South Asian culture and American influence. DDN is responsible for overseeing the extended network of Bollywood fusion dance teams and competitions. We work closely with the rest of DDN to be a bid competition as we have in years past, which would help us promote our event to a larger audience.
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