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Jan 16, 2021 Bhangra Show Running-Order 

Bhangra Show Running-Order 

This running order is according to Yukon Time, which is Mountain Time (MST) during winters. Please note that now Yukon Time is one hour ahead of Vancouver Time and only 2 hours backwards from Toronto Time. In Winters, Time in Alberta and the Yukon is the same. 

Yukon Time Now:

 


Please note that the given time of your performance is approximate. Your performance maybe a couple of minutes earlier or later.

(1) 6:00 PM- MC RP Singh will open the stage and Jordan Lincez will play Bagpipes.

      • 6:02 PM Yukon Commissioner Angélique Bernard will make the one-minute opening speech.
      • 6:03 PM: He will invite Gurdeep Pandher to say a few words.
      • For one minute, MC will introduce the first performece. 

(2) 6:05 PM- First performance: Bhangra by Gurdeep Pandher and Krisandra Reid

Song/Music: Maahi Mera

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(3) 6:11 PM- Lee Covin will play Smallpipes and/or the Irish whistle and Gurdeep Pandher will dance Bhangra

Song/Music:

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(4) 6:17 PM- Crooked Folk (Yukon based traditional Irish and Scottish musicians Keitha Clark, Jerome McIntyre and BJ MacLean) will play music and Gurdeep Pandher and his dance students (Veronique Lachance, Krisandra Reid and Ana Rita Garcia) will dance Bhangra

Song/Music:

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(5) 6:23 PM- Fusion: Ottawa Valley style of Celtic Step dancing by Evelyn Rae Mage and Bhangra by Gurdeep Pandher

Song/Music: The same music which Evelyn Rae Mage and Gurdeep Pandher used to make the video.

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(6) 6:29 PM- Bhangra by Gurdeep Pandher and Veronique Lachance

Song/Music: Kamli

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(7) 6:35 PM- Bhangra by Yukon’s Youth and Gurdeep Pandher (Video)

Song/Music:

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(8) 6:39 PM: Jordan Lincez will play his bagpipe and Gurdeep Pandher will dance Bhangra (One Minute Only)

Song/Music: Jordan will decide

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(9) 6:41 PM- Bhangra by Gurdeep Pandher and Ana Rita Garcia

Song/Music: Rangla Punjab

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(10) 6:45 PM- Irish Dance by Melanie Hackett and Bhangra by  Gurdeep Pandher

Song/Music:

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(11) 6:48 PM- Highland Dance by Devon Bidal and Gurdeep Pandher. Lee Covin will play Smallpipes. 

Song/Music:

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(12) 6:52 PM- Joint Bhangra by Gurdeep Pandher, Veronique Lachance, Krisandra Reid and Ana Rita Garcia

Song/Music: Sanjha Punjab

      • For one minute, MC will talk

(13) 6:56 PM- Punjabi Dhol Drum by Jerome with Scottish Bagpipes by Jordan Lincez and Bhangra by Ana Rita Garcia, Krisandra Reid, Veronique Lachance and Gurdeep Pandher. Keitha Clark and BJ MacLean are most welcome to join to do any freestyle dance at this time. Lee, Devon and RP Singh are also welcome to join for dancing via Zoom. 

Song/Music: Bagpipe and Dhol Music


Other important information: 

Dates:

  • Dress Rehearsal Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
  • Show Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021

On both dates, show running time is the same: 5 PM Pacific Time/ 6 PM Yukon Time/ 8 PM Eastern Time/ 9:00 PM to 10 PM Nova Scotia Time

  • On both dates, performers will meet “one hour” before the show start time.
  • Performer meeting time on both dates is: 4 PM Pacific Time/ 5 PM Yukon Time/ 7 PM Eastern Time / 9 PM Nova Scotia Time
  • Performers, who are not from the Yukon, they will meet via Zoom. 

Yukon’s local performers will meet at 5 PM (Yukon Time) at the following location:-

The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre
Also known as “Leaping Feats Dance Studio”
(Upstairs in Green Room)
38A Lewes Blvd, Whitehorse

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What you should keep in mind while dancing Bhangra

  1. Stretch before and after the session. More you stretch, better it is.
  2. Bhangra is a dance of being strong and big – so keep your chin up, keep your neck long, and back straight.
  3. Keep your core engaged. You will actually dance from your core. So keep the centre of your belly in mind to propel the force of Bhangra moves. When you raise legs or arms, the central point of push should be your core.
  4. You know in salsa, folks shake their hips, in Bhangra we shake our shoulders.
  5. And most importantly, smile a lot and smile from your heart and soul! If you are doing Bhangra moves perfectly, but not smiling (or not joyful from your core of the heart), that is not Bhangra. If you are sad for a reason (we all get sad, sometimes), then Bhangra can be great to bring joy back to the core.
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The Poppy Belongs to Everyone

The Poppy Belongs to Everyone: During the 1st and 2nd World Wars, the British Army was struggling due to a shortage of soldiers available to serve. As a result, they recruited thousands of Sikh soldiers from Punjab. The enlisted Sikh soldiers travelled from Europe to Singapore and Hong Kong, defending the Union Jack. They provided protection and guarded the Canadian line in the Battle of Ypres in Flanders Fields. In addition to this, the soldiers also fought alongside the Canadian Army in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Thousands of courageous Sikh soldiers, including some of my relatives, lost their lives in combat for the British Army.

During this time of remembrance, it is important to acknowledge all the fallen soldiers who fought for freedom. I take time to remember those who lack recognition for their service. Many Canadian history books do not include the stories of the Sikh soldiers from Punjab. In the future, I hope that authors could rewrite textbooks and historical literature, so that is it more inclusive. This step will allow future generations the opportunity to learn history in a balanced way. The Poppy belongs to many people, including those whose photos and stories do not make it to national media.
~ Gurdeep Pandher