How to Learn the Bhangra Dance

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The Bhangra dance is a great way to both have fun and stay in shape. Learn the Bhangra dance with help from a professional dance fitness instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sabrina Moxie with Body Lingo Dance Fitness here in South Pasadena. Today, I'm going to show you how to do some Bhangra dancing. Bhangra is an Indian folk dance, commonly done in the rural portions of the Indian country. This is Allie, she's one of our instructors here at Body Lingo and she's be my assistant today. So, there's a couple of base moves that create the Bhangra core. The first one is jump and tap. You add your arms and shoulders to add a little bit of style, so I'll break it down for you. So, the equivalent of the American step tap in Bhangra is the jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap. And then, we add the shoulders. The hand position for this is actually an L with a slight curve in the hands. So, again, jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap. Good. For a little bit of style and for a little bit more cardio, you can actually shrug the shoulders and that's what gives it a lot of its authenticity. So one again, jump and tap, jump and tap. Now, you've got a true Bhangra style. Another core movement in Bhangra dance is actually the hip swing. So, for this one you're going to jump and lift the knee; jump and lift the knee, jump and lift the knee. Once again, we bring the arms up to that Bhangra style; so, we're jumping and lifting the knee. The higher you lift the knee, the more style it gives it and the better it looks. So, really try and get that knee up and high, loosen the hips and that's what's going to give you your Bhangra style. Now, with this Bhangra style, you can add a little bit more arm movement to give it a little bit more combinations, to add some real nice variations to it. So, with our jump and tap, one of the variations we're going to do is the arms up, down and push it up. This should look familiar from various Indian films you've seen. So, with the arms up, we're going to jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap, down and out. Jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap, down and out. Last time; jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap, jump and tap, down and out. Now, you have your core moves for Bhangra dancing. So, go out into the world and have some fun. For more information, check out our website at www.bodylingo.org.

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