Meet Christine Meier – The Bhangra Queen from Denmark
Christine has a unique attachment to the Punjabi dance form of Bhangra. From last four years, she is getting better day by day and now with an encouragement from local Danish community she is also starting Bhangra coaching classes.
“I must mention that I’m not appropriating the Punjabi culture, I’m celebrating it!” said Christine in a radio interview with SBS Punjabi.
“When I do Bhangra, I get delighted with smiles and compliments from my admirers.”
“I have a bachelor degree in German language and business communication. I’m now working on my 2nd bachelor in German language and religion.”
“I’ve been dancing since I could walk, but started out with ballroom dancing. But with time I started other dance forms like belly dancing and Bollywood.”
“I was always fond of India and especially Punjab. I listened to Panjabi MC when he was a huge hit here in Europe. I would go all crazy to his music when I was alone at home.”
“When Bollywood movies came starting showing up in Europe, I just couldn’t stop watching them. I would buy the music and force my friends to dance my choreos and children’s parties.”
“I always had a dream of going to India and dance. But I never thought of realizing it.”
“Now things have happened so fast. By coincidence I took classes in Bhangra. I YouTubed it and fell in love. Downloaded the music, although didn’t understand a word.”
“I must admit, I only understand 10% of the lyrics. But it doesn’t matter to me, I dance to the beat.”
“When I got the chance to go to Mumbai for Bollywood and Bhangra classes I met Micky Singh, who is my Bhangra mentor. I was impressed by his energy and I couldn’t get enough of the steps and the music.”
“Now Bhangra has become my passion and integral part of life, and I can’t stop myself from sharing it with other people.”
“In India, I first started teaching a bit in a gym. Since then I’ve been taking classes both in Denmark and India.”
“I embrace all cultures and always wished world to be a closely knit multicultural society, while it is not!”
“At times, there are certain hard-core Bhnagra lovers who want everything in an authentic way. But world is an ever changing phenomenon, and let Bhnagra be part of it” said Christine in an interview with SBS Punjabi.
“The world gets smaller every day. Why can’t we celebrate the commonalities we have? Let it be music, dance, our passions, our smiles. Let’s celebrate whichever parts of it that we love, no matter if it is something native to our lands or not.”