May 2013 Viewers’ Choice Winners -- Texas Nach Baliye

We are honored to have won this month's contest! The team is absolutely ecstatic! Texas Nach Baliye was founded in 2008 by a group of students (led by the one and only Kovid Gupta!) who aimed to create a co-ed Bollywood team that would represent the University of Texas across nationwide dance competitions. We have evolved into a Fusion team whose dance styles include: Bollywood, Hip-Hop (Locking, New Style choreo, tutting), Bhangra, Contemporary, Classical, and as well as Fusion styles such as Bollywood-Hip-Hop. We have around 20 members in our team and have competed at these Bollywood-Fusion dance competitions: A-Town Showdown in Atlanta, Midwest Dhamaka in Cincinnati, and Tufaan Entertainment in Evanston, Illinois. Although we do have choreographers on our dance team, everyone helps out in the creation of our dance routine---it truly is a team effort! 

In terms of our primary dance style, we take inspiration from New-Style Hip-Hop and merge it with Bollywood to perform a unique style known as Urban Bollywood, New-Style Bollywood, or Hip-Hop Bollywood. With this style, we hope to win and place at national dance competitions and eventually go to the championship competition, Bollywood America. However, it is not just competition that fuels our passion for dance, it is the memories we create as a dance family, the creativity we discover, and the privilege of showcasing our hard work and determination that all keeps us dancing. Dance is more than an art -- it is a medicine for our stress. Many of our dancers are full time college students studying sciences, engineering, business, and liberal arts but we all come together to create something unique that the audience and judges will remember and to inspire future dancers.

With the help of the Harlequin Floors Scholarship, we will look to use these funds to cover dance costs such as costumes, music mixes, and registration fees for national dance competitions! We have big things planned for next year and Harlequin Floors has allowed us to take a step closer to our dance dreams!

Once again, Thank You Harlequin Floors!