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'Allnations' To Display Dances Of The World At World In Potsdam Festival Sept. 23
[A photo of ALLNATIONS for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/allnations.jpg]
The ALLNATIONS Dance Company, a New York City-based multi-ethnic ensemble of folk dancers, makes a return engagement to the seventh annual World in Potsdam Diversity Festival on Saturday, September 23.
Their performance, titled “Joy In Every Land,” will present a myriad of cultures through music, dance and authentic costumes. It will be performed on the main stage at 12:15 p.m.
“We’ve had ALLNATIONS here in the past, and a lot of people really like them because they get people involved,” says Mary E. Theis, chair of the festival and director of International Students at Clarkson University. “You have kids dancing and people learning the dances. Part of the reason for having them here was to help people really enjoy themselves.”
The international collection of dancers is ALLNATIONS’ strength. Each one is highly trained in the dances of their native countries and cultures. Every dance is authentic and woven together in a global tapestry.
ALLNATIONS seeks to foster understanding and respect for the many cultures in the world. It was formed in 1963 at the International House in New York City. Performing mostly in New York area for the first four years of existence, ALLNATIONS made their first visit outside of the continental U.S. in 1967 with a visit to Puerto Rico. That was followed by second visit in 1969. Since then, ALLNATIONS has performed in more than 50 countries on six continents.
The World in Potsdam Diversity Festival is co-sponsored by Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, the Village of Potsdam and the Sweetgrass Foundation.
For more information, please contact Mary Theis, chair of the World in Potsdam Festival, at 315-268-7970 or visit the festival website at http://www.worldinpotsdam.org.