Cornell’s Bhangra dance troupe performed live on national television Wednesday morning after being selected in an “America’s Got Talent” competition that drew thousands of applicants.

Bhangra is a form of Indian folk dancing that hails from that country’s Punjabi region.

Here’s a link to a video of the performance, which starts around the 1-minute mark:

According to a Cornell University statement:

Student dance group Cornell Bhangra, founded in 1997, performs on the Today show tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. EST. The winner of the “Today’s Got Talent” segment earns a spot on America’s Got Talent, a primetime show with a $1 million prize.

Bhangra originated as a Punjabi folk dance celebrating the harvest. In modern Bhangra, dancers perform high-energy movements in colorful handmade costumes to a fusion of classical Indian and popular music.

Cornell Bhangra posted a photo on its Facebook page of their prep for the show.

(Courtesy of the Cornell Bhangra Facebook page)

Good luck, Cornell Bhangra! 14850’s got your back.

For a few more Cornell Bhangra videos, in case you’re interested.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.