Why do giant goalposts, huge ice rinks, and Big League Chew symbolize some type of sport? Lasya Chronicles brings the question “what makes a sport a sport?” into the foreground. By looking at cultural norms related to what comprises a sport, Lasya Chronicles argues that a collegiate, female, Indian dance team, known as Duke Lasya, belongs in the same league as any other athletic pastime.
Through the lens of Nivi Ram, a member of this aforementioned dance team, viewers have the opportunity to have their assumptions challenged. By defending the case that dance is a sport at Duke University, one of the most notable, athletic powerhouses in the United States, new conclusions can be made. To those that are of a different opinion – that dance is only good for aesthetic appeal and not competition and athleticism – prepare to have your assumptions challenged.
Steven Soto grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. After developing an interest in film from an early age, he decided to finally explore his curiosity during his first year as an undergraduate student at Duke University. For the remainder of his undergraduate career, Steven plans to use the techniques gleaned from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies to creatively, effectively communicate through media. On campus, Steven is interested in how communicating through film can intersect with political campaigning.