Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.Visual Statement: Ra Ra RaasSpartan Zaariya performs their filmi fusion dance at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition. (Amanda Allen/Daily)Spartan Zaariya performs their filmi fusion dance at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2848orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 4:04:56 AMwidth 4288cameramodel NIKON D300The Michigan State University supports their fellow indian dance team, Spartan Zaariya, from the edge of the stage at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition at the Michigan Theater. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2482orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 4:02:10 AMwidth 3722cameramodel NIKON D300Standford University Raas Team, Basmati Raas, performs at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2597orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 3:53:23 AMwidth 4068cameramodel NIKON D300The Michigan State University Raas team, RaaSparty, performs their boot-camp themed dance at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition at Michigan Theater. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2046orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 2:19:13 AMwidth 3069cameramodel NIKON D300Carnegie Mellon University Raas team, Raasta, does last minute preparations for their performance at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition at Michigan Theater. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2848orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 1:46:46 AMwidth 4288cameramodel NIKON D300The Bentley University Raas team, BizRaas, performs at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition at Michigan Theater. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2848orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 2:49:36 AMwidth 4288cameramodel NIKON D300Vraj Patel and Neha Agarwal of University of Illinois at Urbana wait for the Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition to begin at Michigan Theater. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2848orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 1:27:30 AMwidth 4288cameramodel NIKON D300The Carnegie Mellon University Raas Team, Raasta, celebrate their first place win at the Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition at Michigan Theater. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2848orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 4:23:26 AMwidth 4288cameramodel NIKON D300The Michigan State University Raas team, RaaSparty, performs their boot-camp themed dance at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition at Michigan Theater. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2275orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 2:18:52 AMwidth 3412cameramodel NIKON D300Kinesiology Sophomore Nishi Kadakia after a group photo at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2848orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/25/2015 1:36:44 AMwidth 4288cameramodel NIKON D300The Michigan Raas team performs before the competitors start their dances at Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition. (Amanda Allen/Daily)cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 2848orientation 1camerasoftware Ver.1.10 originaldate 1/25/2015 2:08:25 AMwidth 4288cameramodel NIKON D300

If you have never seen a Raas team in action, I would highly recommend it. On Saturday January 24, 2015 I followed the teams competing in the Dandia Dhamaka Raas Competition, a competition between universities from across the United States in a form of traditional Indian dance. Competitors including Carnegie Mellon University and Standford University prepared their elaborate make-up and costumes at a nearby hotel and were bused to the Michigan Theater where the event was held. Each team combined their costumes and props to fit a theme that they conveyed through dance with enthusiasm and high energy.

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