Coach Sahab’s love for Bhangra started when he became captain of the Michigan Bhangra Team (MBT) at the University of MIchigan- Ann Arbor. After graduating college, Sahab joined and captained DFA’s premier all-male Bhangra team Furteelay Shokeen. In his 8+ years of dance experience, Sahab has danced at 20+ Bhangra Competitions nationwide and now judges Bhangra competitions across the nation. Through Detroit Folk Arts, Sahab aims to spread his love for Bhangra to the future generations of Bhangra dancers in the Metro Detroit area.
Favorite Quote: “You get what you give.”- Anon
Ever since he could remember, Gursimran has had a passion for Bhangra. His professional involvement began in 2009, as he founded Furteelay Shokeen. At the time, the team was inspired by traditional folk Bhangra. Since then, he has been Captain and Co-Captain of the team, leading them to several placings throughout the national circuit. In addition to Furteelay Shokeen, he has had the opportunity to mix and dance for other teams (I.e. Bhangra Knightz, Nachde Shokeen Gabroo, Punjabi Hit Squad, and Wolverine Bhangra). Dancing for teams other than his own has allowed him to understand different styles that are evolving in the circuit. Gursimran has seen the evolution and dynamic change in Bhangra throughout the years and admires creative innovation of style as long as traditional aspects are present. While still dancing, Gursimran has started a new chapter at DFA. He aims to share everything he learned to help the next generation reach new heights!
Favorite Quote: "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Sahil Mehta has been actively involved in the North American Bhangra circuit as a dancer, choreographer, captain, and judge since 2009 and competed at over 50 competitions across the continent. From 2011 – 2017, Sahil showcased his creativity and demonstrated his competence by placing at or winning 16 of his last 20 competitions. Amongst other accomplishments, Sahil is most well-known for his contributions and tenure with one of the most successful all-male Bhangra teams in the U.S, - Furteelay Shokeen of Detroit, MI - which he is a founding member. Outside of Bhangra, Sahil has competed and judged in the fusion circuit, is an avid Garba-Raas enthusiast, and used to teach himself various forms of hip-hop at a young age. Through these experiences, Sahil has a unique perspective on Bhangra as an art-form. Sahil's goal and vision through Detroit Folk Arts is the growth and awareness for members in the greater Detroit community to learn Bhangra from the best the state has to offer. Sahil looks to help students young and old learn the basics, develop their style and match the identity of Detroit's finest and be part of an academy second to none.
Favorite Quote: “A person without self expression is a person without personal freedom.” - Robin Sharma