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The Bhangra Showdown 2015 took place at Wembley Arena on Saturday 9th Feb 2015, with Imperial College London placing first, followed by the University of Birmingham and a tie between Brunel University and King’s College London in third place.

Bhangra is the traditional dance form originating from Punjab, India. Within the UK, it has developed professionally and become a competitive dance form.

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The Bhangra Showdown is the oldest established Bhangra competition in the UK providing a platform for university Bhangra teams to compete. The show is organised by the Imperial College Punjabi Society, which aims to raise money for charities whilst showcasing Punjabi culture. For the last few years the event has been held at the Hammersmith Apollo, however this year it took place at the Wembley Arena.

An addition level was added into this years showdown: the Head2Head wherein two rival teams battle. It also included performances by the Bhangra Showdown President Jazzy B with a full live band, Violinder, Roach Killa, and Benny Dhaliwal.

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The show was hosted by Noreen Khan and Tommy Sandhu from the BBC Asian Network. Every year, the showdown donates all of the profits to charity. The Charities for 2015 include: Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), UK Friends of the Unique Home (Punjab), and Variety: The Children’s Charity.