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India, Gujerat state
Scarves and colourful flowy attire. Maybe bindi on forehead and energy.
There will be a demonstration with music at both dance sessions.
Raas is done in pairs whilst holding sticks called dandia. The dance involves hitting your partner's dandia with your own while following the beat of the music. Again, the most basic version involves repeating 5 simple steps and is very easy to learn. The aim is to hit sticks in time with the entire congregation and make it an ongoing continuous process without breaking the beat and process.
Once we learn these basic steps we will make a routine using all participants in a line or circle to continue the process.
Garba is done solely with claps and a jig with your foot. It is a very large circle and inner circles all moving clockwise with music whilst clapping in tune and skipping on.
We will have music and a live singer too.
Indian Gujerati folk dance
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