HCC presents Kaleidoscope of Cultures

October 29, 2012

Join Harford Community College at Kaleidoscope of Cultures on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Chesapeake Theater to celebrate International Education Week 2012.

This event, designed to broaden participants' global perspective, will feature three performances by culturally diverse artists with free, interactive workshops led by the performers. Enjoy performances by the Baltimore Salsa Dance Company, Lesole's Dance Project and Wrhatnala USA.

Audience members will feel the Latin beat with the Baltimore Salsa Dance Company. Originating in Cuba in the 1920s, salsa dancing is a passionate blend of African South American and Caribbean cultures. This popular modern style requires rhythm, footwork and a willing partner.

Founded in 2003 by native South African Lesole Maine, Lesole's Dance Project allows audience members to experience three exciting cultures – traditional Ndlamu dance from Zulu villages with live drumming; the moves and percussive sounds of Gumboot, a kind of "instant messaging" dance slapped out on gold miners' rubber boots; and Pantsula, an upbeat urban dance with a cultural twist.

Wrhatnala USA brings elegant and exquisitely costumed dancers and musicians playing the metallophones, drums, gongs, flutes and cymbals of the gamelan, an ancient art form from Indonesia tracing back to 800 AD.

Kaleidoscope of Cultures is part of HCC's celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Harford Community College is joining academic institutions in the United States and 100 countries of the world in celebrating the 12th annual International Education Week.

Tickets for a Kaleidoscope of Cultures are $3 for adults and free for children. Tickets are available for purchase at tickets.harford.edu, 443-412-2211, or at the door. Proceeds benefit the HCC Foundation Inc. Scholarship for International Students. For additional information, contact Stephanie Hallock, 443-412-2262.

Reasonable accommodations for a documented disability may be requested by calling Disability Support Services, 443-412-2402, in advance of participation. A minimum notice of 10 working days may be needed to provide some accommodations.

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