On December 5 and 6 members of the Punjabi dance team will perform in University Place based DANCE THEATRE NORTHWEST’s NUTCRACKER. Gajjde Punjabi represents the University of Washington, Seattle. Formed in 2005, the co-ed team was known as UW Bhangra with the sole purpose of promoting Punjabi culture across the college campus. Current members (pictured left to right) include Svetha Ambati, Karim Banani, Joyti Bassi, Gurkirat Brar, Neena Goswamy, Chanvir Jawanda, Akash Kumar, Rochelle Kumar, Babu Parhar, Karandeep Prehar, Supreet Prehar, Anamika Randhawa, Sandeep Sahota, and Amandeep Sandhu.
In 2006 the team captains adopted the name Gajjde Punjabi to further identify the team with the city of Seattle. “Gajjde” signifies the typical Seattle weather consisting of rain and thunder. Gajjde consists of members coming from various backgrounds of culture, religion, talent, skill, and leadership that gives it a strong sense of diversity, one of the many treasures of the team. The sole motive of the team is to have fun out there as we celebrate and promote the Punjabi roots and culture.
On December 5th at 2:30 & 7:00 pm and December 6th at 4:00 pm Dance Theatre Northwest will present THE NUTCRACKER at the Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium. A glamorous celebrated classic, THE NUTCRACKER ballet stage show features award winning DANCE THEATRE NORTHWEST artists Katie Neumann, Chhay Mam, and guest artist Sara DeWhitt in dynamic dance, with new sets, in a family friendly attraction. Discounts offered for military, Srs, children and students.