I want to perform. Can I perform with the group? - Yes and no. First, we would have to assess your standard - best way is to attend the classes. And we expect a certain level of commitment to ensure the group maintains a high standard.
I have a wedding coming up, can I learn bhangra? - Everyone is more than welcome to learn and attend classes, and it will build your confidence and ability for any function if you attend regularly. Private sessions may be available.
Are these classes suitable for children? - These classes are generally aimed for adults, although we have had children as young as 10 attend regularly (youngest dancer attend was 4 years of age). There are no other bhangra classes available. However, if there is enough interest for a children’s class (currently there is not) then we will aim to start one up.
Are these bollywood classes? - No. Bhangra and bollywood are generally different things, although in some bollywood films there may be some bhangra portrayed. Bhangra tends to be very energetic and fast tempo. Some bollywood classes may do bhangra, but it is not authentic traditional bhangra, which we do.
What should I wear to class? - Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (either bare feet or supportive trainers) that you feel comfortable in.
Do I need to bring anything to class? - Just yourself, exact change for class, your own refreshments, and a positive attitude.
What happens with all the money? - All money attained from weekly classes get invested into APV Bhangra. The money is used for things such as studio/room hire, speakers for classes and workshops, bhangra props, instruments and bhangra outfits etc. The money attained from bookings, only a small percentage go towards the performers whilst the remaining also gets invested into APV Bhangra.
Why do we have to pay for the booking in advance and not after the performance? - Unfortunately, due to too many people taking advantage of our good nature and not holding their end of the agreement we have decided to deal with all payments prior to performance, including a non-refundable deposit and a legally binding contract. It also provides us peace of mind as it saves us time by not chasing people up, which often becomes promblematic.
I am not Indian, can I do bhangra? - Yes! These dances may have originated in Punjab, India, but everyone is welcome to learn and enjoy it.
I am not Sikh, can I do bhangra? - Yes! This is not a religious dance, so no matter what faith you may be you are still welcome to do bhangra.
Where is the address for the classes? - Have a read at the "classes" tab. Full details of the classes are in the emails sent to the mailing list - if you are not on it, please send us your email address.
How much are the classes? - Same answer as above: Have a read at the "classes" tab. Full details of the classes are in the emails sent to the mailing list - if you are not on it, please send us your email address.
Is class on today? - Most likely, however check your emails.
I have not received any email? - Please send us your email address again and we can verify it. Also, please do THOROUGHLY check your email inbox and other folders & tabs (like spam, junk, social, updates, promotions, etc) as it is likely to be there. Also add our email “email@example.com” to your contact/safe list.
I don’t check my emails often, can you facebook/text me? - No. Unfortunately we don’t have the time to message each individual.
You haven’t responded to my messages/calls? - We are most likely just busy and haven’t been able to see to it yet. Or, if you have asked us questions that are already covered in the emails/FAQ section then we don’t have time to reiterate these details for each individual.
I have never done bhangra before / I am nervous, would it be ok if I come to class? - Relax! Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone is welcome to attend. It’s normal to feel nervous to begin with, but don’t worry. We have a mixed-ability all round class and we do our best to tailor the class accordingly to those whom attend.
Can I do bhangra to lose weight? - You can yes, it is possible. Bhangra is particularly useful for fitness, building stamina and enhancing strength in the arms and legs. Ideally, in conjunction with exercise a healthy balanced diet is fundamental above all.
Are guys allowed to do bhangra? - Yes! We welcome people of any gender to learn and embrace bhangra. No reason why guys and girls cannot learn it.
Why would I need to learn bhangra, I can already do it at weddings? - Doing bhangra as an activity or part of a dance group is rather different to general dancing at someone’s wedding or party. Come try and see for yourself.
We can't offer any payment, but we can offer you exposure? - Have you tried offering exposure instead of payment for food/fuel/clothes/etc?
How long is a bhangra performance? - Most bhangra performance routines are on average between 5 and 10 minutes, yet several hours are spent on teaching, choreographing, music editing, and (most of all) practising to ensure the routine is a high standard and quality.