Eight college dance teams took the stage at Detroit’s legendary Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Bollywood-fusion competition was a sold-out show attracting college students and patrons from across the country, who enjoyed a lineup of Gator Adaa from the University of Florida, the University of Michigan’s Michigan Izzat, NYU’s Pandemonium, Penn State’s JaDhoom, Villanova University’s Nova Naasa, UT-Austin’s UT Saaya and Michigan State’s Spartan Zaariya and Spartan Badmaash.
“The show was excellent and very well organized,” said Venkata Balanethirain of Troy. He was cheering for Michigan Izzat, which placed second behind Spartan Badmaash.
Rohan Aishnav, a student of the University of Michigan has danced with Michigan Izzat for three years and told The Indian SCENE he loves being onstage: “Every time you dance, it’s better than the rest.”
Bhavna Vaniawala of Grand Blanc came to support her son and his team Spartan Badmaash. Vaniawala, a proud mother, watches all of his performances — even from home.
Detroit Dhamaal donated their proceeds to Living Arts Detroit, a non-profit whose mission is to “engage Detroit youth, teachers and families in transformative experiences in the performing, visual, literary and media arts.”
Photography by Jack Trees for The Indian SCENE