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Bollywood Series: Garba and Dandiya Raas
In Dandiya Raas, men and women dance in two circles with sticks in their hands. In the old times, Raas did not involve much singing, just the beat of Dhol was enough. "Dandiya," or sticks, are about 18" long. Each dancer holds two, although sometimes when they are short on Dandiya, they will use just one in the right hand. Generally, in a four beat rhythm, opposite sides hit the sticks at the same time creating a nice sound. One circle goes clockwise and another counter-clockwise. In the West, people don't form full circles, but instead often form rows. Reetu Patel will be teaching the basics of Dandiya Raas in a choreographed dance routine and will be providing the props and music CDs for the students.


 
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