On Mother’s Day, nearly 1000 participants ran in Whitehorse, Yukon. Before the run, there was a bhangra warm-up session by Gurdeep Pandher.
Highlights from Gurdeep Pandher’s Bhangra dance workshop with kids at Augusto Children’s Festival in Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada.
Camera:- Véronique Lachance
It was amazing to perform “Auditions for Titanic 2” in 2018 Theatre in the Bush.
Photos Credit: Bruce Barrett Photography
It was beautiful to be back in our historic Dawson City at the place of my wonderful host Dr. Suzanne Crocker and family. I went to support Suzanne’s amazing mission called “First We Eat”, which is based on local farming and eating. She already has completed one year of eating locally. Her work will not only help the farmers of Dawson City, but also the Yukon’s whole agriculture industry!
It was an absolute pleasure for me to train 60 farmers in Dawson City how to dance Bhangra. We we all danced together like a close-knit community of friends.
Dr. Suzanne Crocker is a retired family physician. She and husband, Gerard Parsons (also a retired physician), their three children, two cats and a dog live like a perfect and wonderful family in a beautifully created log home.
Sharing many meaningful conversations on many important topics with Dr. Suzanne Crocker, Dr. Gerard Parsons, writer Miche Genest, Hector, Cindy and Arno, I would say it was an absolute delightful experience to sleep two nights in a home where hand-crafted creativity is visibly seen in the every corner.
Here is the sneak preview of the First We Eat mission:-
More information on her work is on the website http://FirstWeEat.ca.
Moment with my viral video partner at the Pride! Mayor of Whitehorse had created history by becoming first mayor of Canada to learn the art of wearing a Sikh turban.
It was my pure honour to see so many amazing people at “Bhangra Dance and Fitness Workshop”, which I organized at Squamish Dance Centre in Squamish, BC on March 3rd, 2018. Thank you so much, Squamish’s beautiful souls, for so much love and respect to my work. I truly felt blessed with your wonderful presence at my gathering! For me, it was a delightful moment to share the gift of bountiful happiness, high-energy workouts, active-and-simple living, togetherness, and positive dance energy with you lovely folks of Sea to Sky Country.
As I always say, at the end of the day, no matter what our backgrounds are, we all are the same people, belong to the same human race.
Thank you, Sara Stuart, from the Squamish Dance Centre space in Squamish, BC for your phenomenal cooperation in making this event so great and unforgettable.
Thank you, David Buzzard from David Buzzard Photography and Sara Stuart, for taking beautiful photos too!
We are also grateful to local newspaper Squamish Chief for covering the event!
Until next time,
~ Gurdeep Pandher
Today, at Watson Lake Secondary School, we wore pink shirts and danced Bhangra on Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness to stop bullying in our schools, homes, workplaces and online. Thank you, Watson Lake, for inviting me and hosting such wonderful event for this very important cause. We all need to stand together against bullies and everyone deserves safe and healthy spaces to live their lives to the fullest.
Please join Gurdeep Pandher at Squamish Dance Centre on August 31st 7:30 PM for a one and half hour long bhangra fitness workshop! Bhangra dance is entertaining and also a great high-energy workout activity. This form of dance is also used by many participants for fitness or health and wellness goals!
Gurdeep Pandher is a Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada) based Bhangra artist and an author. The works of art he created in order to bring people from all backgrounds together to promote inclusivity and diversity through his dance arts have gone viral and been published internationally. His performances and videos crossed many borders and were watched by millions from all over the world. Gurdeep’s works have been published by BBC News, CBC National, The Globe and Mail, CTV News, and many international art and media organizations. Governmental bodies including Canadian Embassies/High Commissions abroad also published Gurdeep’s works to exhibit an ebullient Canadian multiculturalism and the wondrous side of our great nation.
This workshop is suitable for the complete beginners and for those who have absolutely no experience or idea what the bhangra dance is! Gurdeep will introduce top and commonly used bhangra steps along with providing brief details on the history/background/world of the dance form. This workshop will also be a great opportunity for you to decide if you would like to continue to follow passion for bhangra dancing and fitness in future.
Place: Squamish Dance Centre, 38924 Queens Way, Squamish, BC
Date: August 31, 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM to 9 PM (Doors open 7:00 PM)
Important Notes: –
- Although advance reservation is recommended, but you can also get tickets at the door. You can pay with your debit or credit cards at the door too.
- Please bring your sports or running shoes! It is important to wear right shoes for this workshop so that you can jump and bounce.
- Doors open at 7:00 PM. Please arrive at 7:15 PM so that we are fully ready to start the workshop at sharp 7:30 PM.
This is a frequently asked question. Anyone who is 10 years old or older can join the workshop. We love small children too, but it is always wonderful to have a separate workshop only for those cute-little ones. Gurdeep is often invited to schools for workshops, so your kid’s school can also consider hosting this type of workshop for the school students. You can suggest your kid’s school to contact Gurdeep via this contact form!
Gurdeep has an excellent and very positive experience working with both primary and high schools in Canada. References are also available from the schools which previously invited Gurdeep for school-wide big workshops or small classroom lessons.
What to Wear:-
Any kind of comfortable clothes are OK, but a T-shirt or tank-top with yoga/exercise pants or shorts are most suitable for Bhangra dance jumps. Please come in workout or running or sports shoes! Please do bring a bottle of water!
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What Kind of People/Professionals Attend Gurdeep’s Workshops?
All kinds, please watch this video:-
Refund or Cancellation Policy:-
Please read our “Refund or Cancellation Policy“!
Liability Release Form:-
Gurdeep Pandher’s events (workshops, classes or sessions) are subject to terms mentioned in “Liability Release Form“. Please read them thoroughly before you attend the classes!
How to Contact the Organizers:-
If you have any questions regarding the workshop, or media inquiries, please use this contact form!
Please visit Gurdeep.ca for more information!
On January 27th, Dawson City residents proved that they just love dancing! It was wonderful to present the bhangra workshop and then to perform at 2018 Shiver Fest organized by Dawson’s Shiver arts society. Thank you all for participating! Thank you, Monique Chatterton, for being my co-performer. Thank you, Erika MarziBoddie, for including my work in your amazing festival!
Photos by: Nate Jones
Fashion candidates learning some Bhangra moves from Gurdeep Pandher on the sidelines of The Queen’s Fashion Show on Saturday! The show was a part of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous!
For people who really know winter, head north to Whitehorse, where residents have been celebrating winter since 1945, when Yukon Carnival Week was born. Nowadays the festival includes a selection of wacky entertainment in addition to the standard concerts and snow carving: you can enter contests for lip syncing, hair freezing, cross-dressing and, of course, beard growing.
~ Canada’s 10 coolest winter festivals, Reader’s Digest