Fourth Annual South Asian Dance Competition

March 17, 2009


Xavier University’s South Asian Society (SAS) is hosting the fourth annual Midwest Masala, a South Asian dance competition on Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Xavier’s Cintas Center main floor. Everyone is invited. Presale tickets are $10, or $12 at the door. For presale tickets, email Tickets are also on sale on Ticketmaster.
The admission fee includes a full Indian dinner which to be served at 6:00 p.m. on the concourseplaza of the Cintas Center.
All proceeds will be donated to the Saraswati Secondary School 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 a chance to attend school.
The dance competition begins at 7:30 p.m. and combines aspects of both traditional Eastern and modern Western dance styles. Dance troupes of from 7-20 participants fuse elements of East Indian and Western culture into a 6-9 minute dance performance. This year, teams are coming from University of Toledo, University of Michigan, Drexel University, Case Western Reserve, University of Illinois-Chicago, Northwestern University, Indiana University, 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 every year. People have said it is one of the best cultural events 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 those of South Asian descent. It aims to incorporate people from all walks of life while promoting unity among the Xavier and Cincinnati communities.
To experience one of Cincinnati’s best cultural events, please email for tickets.