Members of Team Jalwa celebrate after winning the second annual Culture Shock multicultural talent show on Feb. 26 in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at CU-Boulder. Team Jalwa also won the competition last year. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)
Team Jalwa repeats as Culture Shock champs in Boulder
Second annual talent show features wide range of multicultural performances
By Joe Nguyen, AsiaXpress.com
Feb. 28, 2010
Nakoia Paewai-Bloch performs a belly dance during the Culture Shock multicultural talent show on Feb. 26 in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at CU-Boulder.
BOULDER – Team Jalwa eloquently glided and spun their way to repeating as champions during the second annual Culture Shock multicultural talent show on Feb. 26 in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at CU-Boulder.
The local Bollywood dance crew – who also took home the top prize last year – returned with a bigger group to defend their title. Group choreographer Lahari Mohapatra said she was excited to win again but was just happy to participate in the event.
The event, co-hosted by Asian-interest sorority Sigma Psi Zeta and Asian-interest fraternity Pi Delta Psi, featured eight different performances from the CU-Boulder community, each coming from a different cultural background. Prior to performing, each participant shared the cultural significance of their act with the audience. Between the acts, the audence was asked questions pertaining to the previous acts with the winners receiving gift certificates.
"The first year we had, we didn't have that many applicants, so we ended up having everybody go," said Joon Kim, vice president of Pi Delta Psi and a chair of the Culture Shock event, "but this year we had close to 16 applicants and we had to trim down to eight. ...
"It was nice to see that many people come out and show interest for our show. Hopefully next year we'll grow even bigger."
Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority's step team came in second and Saugat Thapa, who performed a Nepalese pop song called "Prem Patra" (or "Love Letter") finished third.
The show opened with a performance from Denver Taiko and closed with a 30-minute set from Tatum Jones, finalists on the first season of "America's Got Talent" when they were known as At Last.