How to Perform an Indian Dance for My Sister's Wedding

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Although there are many dances you could perform at your sister’s wedding, Bhangra is one of the most commonly included dances. It is easy to learn the basics and is meant to be danced as a group, making it ideal for a wedding setting.

Things You'll Need

  • Bhangra music

Performing Bhangra

  • You will need to make sure that you have the correct music for your sister’s wedding. Some popular Bhangra songs include Taj-E, Harjit Harman, Babbu Maan, Manj Banwait, and Bakshi Billa among many others. If there will be a live band at the wedding make sure they are ready to play the right music, otherwise bring a copy of the music with you.

  • To perform a basic Bhangra dance, stand with your feet about hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Lift up your right foot and place it down again as you hop onto your right food, your left knee bent back so your leg is off the ground. As you hop turn your upper body slightly so you are facing on a diagonal. Then, switch legs. Hop over lightly so your left foot is on the ground, your body is diagonally pointing the other direction, and your right leg is bent back at the knee. Continue to do this.

  • To increase the complexity of your dance, continue hopping left and right but after two or three hops, turn ninety degrees as you hop. Continue in this direction and then turn again, then repeat until you have completed a full circle.

  • You will also want to add hand movements. Place one hand on your waist and lift your other hand up in the air as if you are giving someone a high five. As you dance move your wrist so your hand is bouncing forward, almost tapping someone a high five repeatedly. Shrug both your shoulders at the same time in rhythm to the music. Continue both the hand and shoulder movements as you dance.

  • If there will be a number of guests at the wedding who are not Indian or who have not danced Bhangra before you will want to lead them in a demonstration. Taking the time to perform a few steps in front of everyone will pay off when people are willing to take to the dance floor and participate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although you are at a wedding, try to wear shoes that will allow you to hop and bounce. Bhangra is a very active dance.
  • Avoid worrying too much about form and details or you will not have fun. Once you get the basics down you should feel free to experiment a bit with hand and foot motions.

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