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Laurier’s East Meets West club hopes to reclaim top spot at dance meet
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Laurier’s East Meets West (EMW) student club is defending its dance title this weekend at the South Asian Alliance Cultural Show in Mississauga, and the Laurier community is invited to attend and cheer them on.
The Laurier team won first place at last year’s dance meet. The club also won Best Dance, Best Artistic Direction and Best Classical. Nikita Joshi, Amit Tandon and Vishal Handa also won for top dance team coordinators.
“We would love to repeat our performance from last year,” said Easha Gossian, vice-president of the EMW club. “We want to do the best we can, and do ourselves and Laurier proud.”
More than 1,500 dancers from 13 universities in Ontario and Quebec are participating in the 2011 competition at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Each team gets 10 minutes to put on a performance including four different types of dance – classical Indian dancing, the southern Bollywood style of dance, the northern Bhangra style of dance, and hip hop or contemporary dance.
“Representing Laurier are talented and dedicated students who have worked hard all year in anticipation of this event,” said Leanne Holland Brown, the dean of students at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. “Their participation in this competition showcases the diverse and rich talent at Laurier and our collective appreciation of culture, athleticism and spirit.”
Buses have been arranged to take students, faculty and staff to the event to cheer on the EMW team. They will leave today, March 11, at 4 p.m. and tomorrow, March 12, at 11 a.m. from the parking lot behind Laurier’s St. Michael’s building on University Avenue. The return bus leaves the Hershey Centre at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The President’s Office and the Dean of Students Office contributed to the transportation costs.
Different tickets packages are available. Contact Easha Gossian at 226-220-3835 for more details, or visit EMW’s Facebook page.
More than 300 students belong to Laurier’s EMW club, which was established in 2003 to create a fusion of western culture and Indian flare among the South Asian community at Laurier. It was voted Best Campus Club in 2009-2010 and Most Active Club in 2008-2009 by Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. For more information about the EMW club, go to: laurieremw.com/about.html.