Frequently asked questions

Who can compete at Raniyaan di Raunaq?

Raunaq is for dancers who identify as women and nonbinary. Our intent is to empower, not to exclude. If you are at all unsure if your team is eligible, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

What if our dholi is a cis man? What if our coach is a cis man?

Our intent is not to exclude.

We recognize the state of women in bhangra for what it is right now. There are not many non-male coaches, nor many non-male dholis. We won’t exclude teams simply because their coach, dholi, or other affiliate is a cisgender man. We hope instead that lifting up dancers might change who holds these powerful roles in the future.

If you are concerned about this or are at all unsure if your team is eligible, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

I’m on a co-ed team, but all our non-male dancers are interested in competing. Can we?

Absolutely. In an ideal world, our dancers come from a variety of backgrounds. We want to see teams that have always been women just as much as we want to see an eligible team borne out of a co-ed team. If your eligible dancers are interested in creating a team for this competition, we happily welcome it. You’re free to compete under your organizational name or under a new/adapted one.

We know it might be tough for some co-ed teams to get enough folks for lineup. You’re truly welcome to collaborate with other co-ed teams and compete under any name. While we are not able to connect teams to one another, we’re very happy to work with you as you figure this out. If there are any difficulties with the application process as a result of this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

I’m a male Dancer From a co-ed team or All-Men’s Team. How can I be a good ally? a good teammate? How can I get involved?

Being a good teammate and ally is pretty straightforward: Support your team! You dance with these strong, creative folks every day — it’s one thing to dance alongside someone you respect and admire, going for the win together, and an entirely different thing to support and cheer them on while you’re in the audience.

Our ask to male members of co-ed teams and to all-men’s teams is just as straightforward. Support is the best way to show your teammates and competitors that you respect and admire them. Consider sponsorship, especially if you’re an all-men’s team. Come watch your teammates or common competitors perform onstage in August. More than anything, support your women and fellow dancers by having their back.

Why are you pairing up with Asha For Women?

Empowerment goes beyond the stage. We don’t believe bhangra exists in a vacuum. As dancers, we’ve seen how strengths on stage can transfer to the larger world, just as injustices might.

Our goal with Asha for Women is to go a step beyond the stage and do what we can to aid injustice against marginalized folks in the world outside of competitive bhangra.

What other steps are being taken in order to meet the core mission of this competition?

We know that the best competitions are built by coordinators taking a dancers’ lens to each step of the process. As a team dedicated to competing, we’re staying attuned to what our competing teams might need during the competition weekend’s critical moments. After all, a competition isn’t successful if it isn’t about the dancers each step of the way.

We also know empowerment goes beyond the stage. In a world where women’s empowerment is also tied to sustainable development, we’re committed to the details. Throughout this process, we’re considering, re-evaluating, and implementing standards around what a more earth-conscious and eco-friendly competition looks like. For more on our focus on sustainability, click here.