When Bollywood fusion dance workforce Texas Talaash walked on stage at Knight Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina, applause echoed all through the room. The workforce took to the stage proper after a efficiency from fellow Longhorn workforce UT Saaya, making UT the one college represented by two teams within the contest.
As their music began, the gang, having seen their set all through the competitors season, started singing alongside. In that second, Talaash co-captain Anubhav Kamath stated he totally comprehended that his workforce was competing on the Nationwide Legends Competitors.
“We’re used to having a lazy facial (expression for the primary section) as a result of that’s what goes together with the tune, however as quickly as the gang began singing, our complete workforce dropped all facials, and all of us began smiling on stage as a result of we simply couldn’t maintain in our happiness,” finance senior Kamath stated. “That’s a type of moments the place every thing hit, that we’re actually right here (at Legends).”
This 12 months, UT groups Texas Talaash and UT Saaya made up two of 9 groups chosen from throughout the nation and traveled to Charlotte this previous weekend to compete at Legends Nationwide Competitors. UT Saaya positioned second and received the stand-out section award, whereas Texas Talaash got here in sixth.
Public relations senior and UT Saaya co-captain Dhivya Bala stated attending the Legends weekend and putting second within the nation served as proof of her teammates’ substantial efforts, in addition to the affect they created.
“We’re (competing) for us, and sure, we love to bounce, but it surely’s actually arduous to do not forget that when all you do is apply and your physique’s exhausted,” Bala stated. “However these little moments of (listening to), ‘Hey, I’m rooting for you. I’m watching you. I see the arduous work that you simply’re placing in,’ — it means the world, and it completely modifications the expertise you might have.”
With some seniors graduating and members taking a break from the workforce to give attention to different actions, engineering freshman Sarrah Ghadiali stated she loved the possibility to compete as a part of UT Saaya with this 12 months’s distinctive cohort.
“This workforce is completely different than it’s ever going to be sooner or later,” Ghadiali stated. “That is our final time competing collectively (with the identical group of individuals), so it’s sort of bittersweet.”
This previous season brimmed with depth, nevertheless it was by way of constant arduous work that UT Saaya was capable of attend Legends and place nationally, Bala stated.
“The highs have been so excessive and the lows have been additionally so low. (This competitors season) examined me as an individual, as a captain, as a frontrunner and as a dancer, but it surely was really essentially the most fulfilling expertise that I’ve ever had in my life,” Bala stated. “I like this workforce with all my coronary heart and soul. I can’t think about what my life would have been like with out them.”
Abhi Murmu, co-captain of Texas Talaash stated regardless of not putting within the high three, Texas Talaash completed off the weekend with pleasure for what they put out onstage and a renewed motivation to repeatedly enhance.
“One factor we all the time tried to say in apply is ‘We’re not successful this for the trophy, we’re not successful this for clout. We’re doing this for hours of apply, stress, all of the sacrifices and the individuals subsequent to you,’” stated Murmu, an actuarial arithmetic senior. “In the case of Legends, it’s not essentially about successful the trophy. It’s nearly (placing) your coronary heart out on stage.”