Dance & Art from India

Dance & Art from India

Surteg has presented over 1,000 progams in 150+ venues over the last 18years. The programs cater to grades K-12 in Dance, Visual Arts and Social Studies. All workshops are hands-on, participatory and informational regarding history, Rangoli art and Bhangra dance from India. The teacher is assisted in imparting education on multi-culturalism and South Asia. India is brought into the North Carolina schools.?

Surteg is passionate about blending the first 20+ years of life growing up and getting Masters degree in India with the next 20+ years of life in the USA through Cultural Presentations on India to the US school audience. India to him is …..

the living embodiment of thousands of years of cultural and religious heritage: a country of music, dance and Bollywood movies; festivals, anthropomorphic gods and sacred rivers; plains, mountains and plateaus; monsoon rains, crops and green revolution; tremendous Army, Air Force and Navy; education, cricket and nuclear technology; all but 72 years of freedom from British rule, India is ‘Unity in Diversity’ amongst 35 provinces and union territories, four thousand plus languages and dialects and a unique political process.

The proposed programs represents an avenue to blend that India into various dance and art programs for K12 students.




  P.O.Box 12321, Durham, NC 27709

United States


Move Mindfully with Bhangra Dance

Program description

Offered in 3 different Residency (5 day, 3 day, 2 day) formats (in a 45-60 min classroom session =’1 contact hour’), & also assembly performance (gym), & Teacher Training

Bhangra is actually pronounced as Bhungrha while saying ‘Bhung’ as in ‘lung’ and then rolling your ‘r’ really good with your tongue.

The Bhangra dance has traditionally been associated with the spring harvest festival Baisakhi, and it is from one of the major products of the harvest—bhang (hemp)—that bhangra drew its name. Bhangra is performed indeed on any festive occasion now.

The beat of the drum and leaping bodies soon make the pulses race, till the onlookers too jump into the ring of dancers and join them. In a typical performance, several dancers execute vigorous kicks, leaps, and bends of the body to the accompaniment of short folk songs which are small couplets written in the Punjabi language called boliyan and, most significantly, to the sound of beat of a dhol (double-headed drum) which is struck with a heavy beater on one end and with a lighter stick on the other.

All forms of Bhangra singers employ a high, energetic tone of voice. Participants learn to move with passion and relaxed muscles and use lots of energy. The dance moves involve raising the arms above the shoulders.

The vigrous exercising of the body through multiple range of motion movements at shoulder and hip joints combined with constant bouncing on the ball of the feet in five basic methods e.g. tap, hop, sway, Panjab and Peacock has proven mental and physical health benefits.

Booking / scheduling contact

Surteg Sandhu


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance
Cultural Origin: Asian
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Professional Development, Residency, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Subject: Dance, Social Studies / History
Bilingual: No
Space / technical requirements:

Gym preferred.

Stereo system,


Mirrors preferred. (Dance Room kind)


Fees / Ticketing:

5 day residency/ 25-30 contact hours $2400;

3 day residency/ 15-20 contact hours $1800;

2 day residency/ 6-12 contact hours $1200;

5 Visits/10 sessions for Honors Dance Student Residency $1500

1 day Teacher Training $475

1 Large Assembly Dance Class/ Performance $525

3 Small Assembly Dance Classes/ Performances $925

Travel/ Lodge for 1 day visit $125


NC Standard Course of Study:

R4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. SL4 – Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. W4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Dance K-8 Standards: CP.2 – Understand how to use performance values (kinesthetic awareness, concentration, focus, and etiquette) to enhance dance performance. DM.1 – Understand how to use movement skills in dance. C.1 – Understand cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary connections with dance.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation fee $575