But a 2012 UNC alumnus and content director of the free Learn Bhangra app, Bianca Bulchandani, doesn’t think this is true.
“Anyone that watches this dance knows that the dancers are having much more fun than the audience watching the dance itself,” she said. “You can learn that — even if it’s just you watching one video a day.”
As a freshman, Yeshel Chokshi auditioned for UNC’s Bhangra Elite without any experience in the style of dance. Now a junior, Chokshi serves as co-captain for Bhangra Elite, overseeing the organization of choreography, music, props and outfits for each performance.
Chokshi said his evolution from a freshman with no experience with Bhangra to his position as captain is a result of hard work and encouragement from his teammates.
“I was one of the only first year guys on the team,” he said. “So I pretty much got pushed into competing right off the bat.”
Learn Bhangra CEO and 2010 alumnus Lavesh Pritmani spent many years at UNC with Bulchandani performing the same dance and participating in the same group that Chokshi currently leads.
Now, years later, both Bulchandani and Pritmani said the dancing they did at UNC and the education they received served as integral influences in their decision to create the Learn Bhangra app.
Bulchandani was involved in Bhangra Elite as a dancer, and later became more of an adviser.