Well, my name’s Jaideep aka JD aka PartyJatt (on btf)
I’ve been with 5th Ave basically since the beginning. Let me enlighten you on how I ended up joining the team..
Let’s start witht the captain, Joseph.
The first time I met Joe was the first Big Apple Bhangra. I was on Guardians of Bhangra’s roster and I ended up chyllin with them all weekend. I was at there practice, outside some college (sorry I forgot) and out of nowhere comes Roohi and Joseph Campanella. The first time you meet Joe, you can’t help but smile, mostly because he always smiles. For the 10+ months I’ve been on the team, there hasn’t been one time I wasn’t laughing/enjoying practices.
Let’s move onto one of the co-captains, Mowsuf. What can I say about Mowsuf? He’s the brother I never had, and would of loved to have. Whenever we went out after practice, Mowsuf would be there and we would always have a fun time. He’s one of the few people I could tell anything to and would actually relate.
The other co-captain, Joey Zuniga. I call him sexy bitch. You’ll see us together at Heights ;) Go check out Fire & Ice in NJ. Like them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/firenicefastfood
Speaking of Facebook, like 5th Avenue Bhangra on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/5th-Avenue-Bhangra/153846618049594
I would consider this team as my family. Our first competition is Heights and I’m so excited. I’ll make sure to make more posts, more than Joseph did -_- but I’m too lazy to go on with this. Maybe this will be a thing…
P.S- Joseph, I hate you.
I’m going to bet 10 bucks that after reading this post, most of my friends/dancers/anyone-who-knows-me will IMMEDIATELY tell me “Bitch, listen to your own damn advice.”
So, as I’m sitting here waiting for the Burgh committee to get back to me on whether 5AB is accepted or not-I figured to write this post. There’s a lot of up and coming teams applying to comps, and we captains are all waiting on the edges of our seats.
Here’s what the selection process comes down to-“What teams a) will entertain a crowd, b) will actually be competitive and try for first, and c) have a big following so they can bring in money?” The last one is the one that gets all of the new teams.
So we play, what I like to call, The Waiting Game. Waiting for the rejection calls, waiting to get into a comp in… just waiting in general. But that’s ok… We’re a new team. This happens.
When I was a member of AEG, we were rejected from our fair share of competitions before organizers started looking in our direction. In the meantime we worked hard, developed our style, and bonded over chicken and rice, black label, and jokes. Not saying everyone should bond over black label (esp you under 18 youngins), but take the time to bond as a team and develop friendships. Many now-amazing teams have done the waiting game (esp music).
Also, this is precious time to develop your style and “wow factor” which is now really important, esp for music teams. It’s not enough to be a traditional team. You need to entertain your audience (we’re not just dancers-we’re entertainers). Captains and coaches-you’ve all gotten to your positions somehow. Don’t be afraid to be bold, different, and creative.
Also, you can try the exhibition route. There’s nothing wrong with doing exhibition and having a humble beginning. It gives the dancers stage experience without the pressure, and gets your name out. You’ll hopefully gain some sort of following-and that’s a good thing! Look at VDW. If I remember correctly, they did exhibition at DDA… and now the whole circuit is on their cocks (yes, I said cocks). Steel City did exhibition at Bayside this past year, and they’re starting to gain some recognition.
Moral of the story is be patient. Use this time to build friendships among dancers, and to develop your set. Every team has their moment, and yours will come.
5th Avenue Bhangra has outfits. We also have all non-prop choreo done.
Wow… this is happening. I’m not quite sure when competitive stage time will happen, but this is all finally coming together.
So I sent two songs to JD, aka PartyJatt aka PartyButt, to mix… And he named the file “Joe’s Crazy.” Lol.
I forgot when, exactly, I bought a new laptop… I want to say my birthday-last year… but I have yet to actually switch all of the music from my old computer over to the new one. I’m finally doing that RIGHT NOW.
And I’m hoping with this, I’ll be able to find inspiration for the 5th Avenue Mix. I’m looking for something with a New Yorker style and swag, but still timeless. This is going to be mission impossible… but I can’t wait to start digging through this thing.
h0meostasis: Where do you work? Oh lord, Queens -__- So since you have Rohit's belt, you should come down soon :) And I creeped your blog thoroughly, your posts are really interesting and they make me giggle.
I work at this place called Infotech. It’s an IT software house… It pays the bills, so it works for me. Did school start already?