Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ethnic Dance Festival

On Saturday we attended San Francisco’s 32nd Annual Ethnic Dance Festival. As always, it was a local happening worth being a part of, either onstage or in the audience.

The SF Chronicle says the Festival is “A spectacular reflection of the diversity in the Bay Area.” They’re right. Over four weekends in June 37 local dance companies perform. While each reflects its unique culture, the themes that they all share are enthusiasm, talent, colorful costumes and joy.

We were treated to 9 performances:

Japanese dancing and drumming

Spanish flamenco

Haitian singing, dancing and drumming

Indonesian folk dancing

Indian folk dances and singing

Tribal ritual dances from the Philippines

Turkish dancers celebrating a traditional wedding

Dances from the Peruvian Andes

Fifty Tahitian dancers and musicians celebrating life



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