“As the dance community increases throughout colleges, many different universities will try to host a competition,” he said. “Being considered a bid competition, you get a variety of larger teams competing."
All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India, established in India in the late 80's.
“The foundation is empowering rural and tribal communities in India through social, economic and gender inequalities,” Patel said. “Their basic goal is to be able to build schools in India to help educate children.”
Patel said since the organization's founding, it has been able to build thousands of schools and educate millions of children.
“We take stuff here for granted all the time,” he said. “When you go and visit the country that you are from and your parents are from, you see how much hard work and education helps you and how it helped them.”
UNC graduate and former The Daily Tar Heel staff writer Krupa Kaneria was a hospitality chair on the Dola Re Dandiya board the first year it began.
“I’m a really big fan of raas and supported the UNC group a lot, so I thought it would be a good opportunity and a way to see things unfold at UNC,” Kaneria said.
Kaneria said the event gets its name in part from the two sticks raas dancers twirl and hit together, called dandiyas.
“The dance styles themselves are really different," Kaneria said. "With bhangra, you’ll see a lot of jumping and squatting. In raas, you see a lot of spinning and clapping”
Kaneria said in the first year of the show, proceeds went to an organization called MiracleFeet based in India. They began donating to Ekal Vidyalaya their second year.
“My parents are from India and they took us back all the time to visit,” Kaneria said. “They grew up in a rural area where education wasn’t always easily accessible. I think having the opportunity to support such a cause is amazing.”
She is flying from Mississippi to Chapel Hill for the purpose of attending the event.
“I know some of the teams that came last year, and it will be nice to see them again this year perform and see how they've changed,” Kaneria said.
Maitri Patel is a member of HooRaas at the University of Virginia who will be performing at the event.
“For me, competition weekends in general are a great time for team bonding,” Maitri Patel said. “I feel like getting on the stage and giving it our all, coming off with no regrets, it always leaves us in a really positive and uplifting mood.”
Maitri Patel has been dancing with the UVA HooRaas for three years. This will be her team's third bid competition of the year.
“Even though it might be a little stressful, it makes us all better dancers,” she said. “We have a really good time with it and enjoy the weekend and the experience.”
This is the team's first year competing at Dola Re Dandiya and within the Chapel Hill area.
“I'm really excited to come to a new competition and get a feel for how UNC is going to host,” Maitri Patel said. “We're really excited to get to know the people there and overall to just have a good time.”