Students stage third annual South Asian dance competition

Event includes traditional Eastern dance | April 3, 2008

Xavier University’s South Asian Society is hosting the third annual Midwest Masala, a South Asian dance competition on Saturday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Xavier’s Cintas Center main floor. Admission includes a full Indian dinner served at 5:30 p.m. on the concourse plaza of the Cintas Center.

All proceeds are being donated to the Saraswati Secondary School located in Nepal to help build a better library and provide technology for the students. Saraswati provides an education to youth who would not otherwise have the chance to go to school.
The dance competition begins at 7:00 p.m. and combines aspects of both traditional Eastern and modern Western dance styles. Dance troupes of seven to 20 participants fuse elements of East Indian and Western culture into a six- to nine-minute dance performance. This year, teams are coming from University of Michigan, Miami University (Ohio), Case Western Reserve, University of Illinois-Chicago, Wayne State University, University of Virginia and Xavier University.
“We receive such enthusiasm from the Cincinnati community for this cultural event,” says event coordinator Dhwani Mehta. “We have over 900 people attend the event every year. People have said it is one of the best cultural events to take place in all of Cincinnati.”

Xavier’s South Asian Society, founded in 2003, promotes Indian culture throughout the city and shows, through dance, how elements of American culture can integrate and unify with other cultures. Midwest Masala is not exclusive to people of South Asian descent. It aims to incorporate people from all walks of life while promoting unity among the Xavier and Cincinnati communities.
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