IGNITE’s Desi dance party attracts crowd in the student centre

by | Sep 30, 2016 | A&E, IGNITE

Chelsea Mendes

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Humber students broke out their dance moves in celebration of South Asian culture last night at Ignite’s Desi Dance Party.

Students followed the smell of samosas and the music that blasted through Humber North campus’ cafeteria doors to mark the art of desi, a Sanskrit-derived term for the culture of the Indian subcontinent.

“Whenever we play desi music at any of our events, like frosh, there is so much excitement in the crowd,” said Humber Ignite vice-president, Ammar Abdul-Raheem.

The Desi Dance Party location changed at the last minute from being held outside in the Humber North ‘backyard’ to the Student Centre inside due to bad weather conditions.

Another sudden change for the event was price. Abdul-Raheem said Ignite decided to drop the $5 admission fee after seeing how few people had purchased tickets in an effort to ensure a good turnout.

Humber Mechanical Engineering student, Manjodh Maan, said, “This is awesome, there’s free food!” Maan found out about the event when walking through the cafeteria and wished that Ignite advertised the event more.

The dancers had a huge crowd of students and staff watching them bust their moves. Humber Computer Technician student, Harpinder Kaur said, “ I love listening to Punjabi music but I prefer to listen (instead of dancing).”

After a slow start, the party built up to a large turnout.