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Bhangra dancer goes viral after sharing videos from B.C. landmarks

The Yukon-based dance teacher is sharing videos of him performing the traditional Punjabi dance with people across iconic locations in B.C., including Long Beach in Tofino, the Ucluelet Lighthouse and downtown Victoria.

Gurdeep Pandher's videos of bhangra dancing at iconic locations in B.C. have gone viral

Pandher has been dancing bhangra since he was a child, and the IT specialist by trade has been offering dance lessons in the Yukon for more than a decade. (Mike Mcarthur/CBC)

Gurdeep Pandher wants to use bhangra dancing to fight racism.

The Yukon-based dance teacher's videos of him performing the traditional Punjabi dance with people across iconic locations in B.C., including Long Beach in Tofino, the Ucluelet Lighthouse, and downtown Victoria have gone viral.

On Friday, he brought his message to the MLAs at the legislature in Victoria.

"It was wonderful to travel your province and to meet so many lovely people ... and to spread the message of positivity and joy, which I think is even more important these days," he said to a group of MLAs and staffers.

Watch Pandher give a short tutorial on bhangra dancing:

Viral Bhangra dancer Gurdheep Pandher shows you some moves in front of the B.C. legislature. 2:14

Pandher, who is originally from the Yukon but is visiting family in Abbotsford this summer, said he started posting videos of his dancing earlier this summer to raise people's spirits and share a message of hope and inclusion.

"I find that one reason behind racism is lack of education," he said.

"When people come to learn ... it creates more deeper connections and when people know other people in a more deeper way ... through bhangra, it raises education. It creates awareness."

Gurdeep Pandher stopped by the B.C. legislature to teach some moves to MLAs and staff. (Mike Mcarthur/CBC)

Bhangra, a traditional form of dance from Punjab that celebrates the harvest, has been part of Pandher's life since he was a child.

An IT specialist by trade, he gained internet fame earlier this year when he moved his dance classes online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

He says hundreds of people signed up to learn bhangra during the pandemic. His classes were by donation and he gave a portion of the money to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts.

"I believe that through my bhangra, I will continue bringing people together," he said.

"It's a happy dance, its a positive dance, and dance is a universal language."

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