COVID-19 Specials

Are you still going to be active?

Absolutely. Basmati Raas is a state of mind and can survive anything, even nasty little viruses. We'll be meeting regularly this year and learning new raas with the help of our good pal Zoom. Community is more important than ever right now!

Will you still have tryouts?

Yes! Tryouts in 2020 will happen September 23rd- 30th. Stay tuned for more information, but we'll be providing you with everything you need for tryouts this year, including comprehensive breakdown videos.

Will you be competing this year?

No, we will not be competing in the 2020-21 season, as 1. most competitions have been cancelled 2. everyone is on campus at different times, and 3. safety. We hope to come back better than ever for the 2021-22 season!

Will you have regular practices?

We hope to have regular practices 2 times a week.

Why are you guys named that?

The team name is a pun on an Indian rice staple: basmati rice.


How can I join the team?

Tryouts happen once a year, at the end of September, right after Activities Fair. 

Do I need Raas experience to join the team?

Not at all. We teach you everything you need to know when you come to auditions. 

How often do you practice?

Three times a week.

What does competition season look like?

We practice throughout fall and winter, and our first performance is during the beginning of winter quarter. We travel and compete throughout winter quarter, and regular practices end with our last comp. 

Where does Raas come from?

Garbaa raas is a folk dance originating from Gujarat, a state in India.

So do I need to be Gujju to join the team?

Absolutely not. 

How do you twirl the dandiya like that?

It's a secret. Join the team and we'll tell you. 

What's with the props?

Every year we have a theme in order to tell a story with our dance routine. In the 2019- 2020 year, the theme is Aladdin. Stay tuned for the 2020-22 theme!

Why should I join the team?

If the prospect of traveling across the country, being part of a family, and becoming a fantastic dancer doesn't convince you, this video will.

How does it feel to be the most hype dance team on campus?

Pretty great.

Who's your boss?