On Friday, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) was home to a public celebration of Bhangra, a folk dance from the Punjab region of North India. The staff at OMCA welcomed Non Stop Bhangra, a music and dance collective and production company from San Francisco. The group hosts dance classes and performs at festivals and large public events.
The night consisted of a performance by the Non Stop Bhangra dancers and a quick lesson in the basics of Bhangra technique taught by Vicki Virk, the dance company’s cofounder. The celebration was part of a weekly event called Friday Nights at OMCA, at which members of the public enjoy food from food trucks parked outside the museum, listen to live music, and dance with their friends and family. Every Friday a different musical group or dance collective is featured at the event.