The sleek black jersey with a hint of orange lining isn’t the only exciting news coming from the BC Lions organization.The Lions next home game will offer those in attendance a halftime show far from the usual when they play host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on August 30.
The halftime show will be a celebration of cultural pride, providing fans with an interactive experience of the Bollywood culture. The crave for a taste of Bollywood existed in Vancouver long before the Times of India Film Awards graced the stage at BC Place, but following the show, the appetite has reached new heights.
In order to grasp an essence of the lights and glamour that Bollywood is, members of the Shiamak Davar Dance Team in Vancouver are performing at halftime.
The Bollywood signature style has transcended global barriers and marketing coordinator for the BC Lions, Clare Taylor recognizes its importance.
“Looking around in the stands, it’s such a great melting pot with many diverse backgrounds, and we as an organization wanted to officially recognize it. The Bollywood feel isn’t new to Vancouver and from what I can see during rehearsals, it’s definitely high energy with a hint traditional Bollywood style. It will be crowd pleasing no matter what your background is.”
Halftime shows are intended to entertain the crowd. Depending on how the home team performs, fans can get rowdy when they don’t have anything to focus on during the break. But no matter what the numbers are on the scoreboard heading into the third quarter, this halftime concert is sure to keep fans fully engaged and on their seats celebrating South Asian culture.
More than fifty local dancers are working up a sweat into the wee hours of the morning rehearsing for their extravagant performance. Long-time member of the Shiamak squad, Safeeya Pirani explains the significance of their upcoming performance.
“This is a great platform because there’s going to be so many different people. BC Lions attract such a diverse audience, which is a perfect opportunity to spread the culture. It shows not only Bollywood but how the youth can get involved in different activities, be it on small platform or one as large as this.”
When asked if fans would appreciate football with a sprinkle of Bollywood, Pirani made it clear that the opportunity doesn’t come often.
“When do you ever get to witness Bollywood dancers decorated in brightly printed saris showing off flashy dance moves on the 50 yard line?…Exactly.”
The Lions are in Montreal to take on the Alouettes during week nine before returning home to host the Tiger-Cats.
Image: Shiamak Vancouver