Bhangra for Beginners

Did you just get invited to a Punjabi wedding that you aren’t ready for or just sick and tired of watching other people dance bhangra but never be able to do it yourself? Well look no further because I have some steps and helpful videos for all you beginners out there. Try not to fall and good luck with keeping up with the beat. You might look stupid as first but who cares because you’re having fun and that’s all the matters!

Step 1: Make sure you are warmed up and stretched out. There is going to be a lot of hopping, jumping, and fast arm movements and the last thing you want to some sore muscles tomorrow morning.

Step 2: Stand with your feet fairly close together and your hands on your hips. Hop on your right foot and lift your left leg with your knee angled to the left. Angle your body to the left as well.

Step 3: Place your left foot on the ground and face towards the center of the room. Hop on your left foot as you lift your right foot from the ground and angle your body to the right. Work on lifting your knees higher and higher while still staying with the beat of the music.

Step 4: Continue to do the steps while turning slowly in a circle to the left. When you face front again, lift your left foot and your right foot before turning in a circle again.

Step 5: Add to the circle by raising your arms with your elbow bent and your hands up. Step forward with your right foot and hop while lifting your left foot and turning your body to the left. Raise and lower your arms as you rotate your hands *almost like a Queen wave*. Do the same with your right foot. Continue the steps all the way around the circle.

Step 6: Work on exaggerating on turning your body to the left, center, and right. Exaggerate the movements of your hands to make the rotations crisper.

Step 7: Stand facing front with your hands on your hips and your feet fairly close together. Pick up your left foot and tap your heel on the ground at and angle from your body. Return your left foot to the original position and tap your right heel on the ground. Remember to turn your body in the direction of the heel that’s tapping on the ground.

Step 8: Turn about in circle to the left while continuing to tap your heels on the ground (Step 6). Work on making the movements more fluid and allow your head to move from side to side in time with the music.

Step 9: Begin to move forward as you continue tapping each heel on the floor. Add arm movements to the steps. As you step forward and tap your left heel on the ground, place back of your left hand against the small of your back and raise your right hand over your head and wave it. As you step forward, tapping your right heel on the ground, reserve the position of your hands.

Step 10: Stand with your feet fairly close together and your hands on your hips. Step forward and to the side with your left foot. Rock back on your right then again on your left. Turn in a circle to your left as you continue rocking back and forth on your feet with your left foot before you. Move on a circle with your left foot leading and angled to the side. Raise your hands before you clap with each beat.

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REMINDER: Bhangra is not supposed to be so step-by-step and perfectly routine. Have fun with it and add some of your own moves!


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