Today, the University of Michigan Raas Association will host their 10th annual intercollegiate raas competition, coined dandia Dhamaka. According to the dandia Dhamaka website, this competition marks the birth of intercollegiate raas competition in the United States. While similar competitions continue to be created across the country, dandia Dhamaka remains the oldest and largest of its kind.
Dandia Dhamaka will showcase the South Asian traditional dance form of raas. I’ve seen a few performances by the Michigan Raas team and their energy is unlike anything I’ve seen out of a student performance group. The show will feature 10 of the best raas teams from around the country. This year, the 10 competing teams will be Georgia Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, St. Louis University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Texas at Austin and of course the University of Michigan, who took 2nd place at last year’s competition.
Be sure to check out this incredible cultural event!
Venue: The Michigan Theatre
Date: Saturday, January 29th
Tickets: Main Floor – $18
Balcony – $14
Catch you at the show!