Dance festival slated at UMaine Feb. 19

Posted Feb. 14, 2011, at 6:04 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine’s seventh International Dance Festival, showcasing the traditional music, dance and costumes of some of the 400 international students at UMaine, is set for Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Collins Center for the Arts.

Two free performances of dances from around the world are scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. Doors open one hour before showtime.

“We have a very colorful lineup this year with a number of new countries represented,” said Sarah Joughin, international student scholar adviser in the Office of International Programs.

Students will perform traditional dances from India, Africa, Vietnam, Brazil, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States.

Joughin said students have been practicing capoeira, belly dance, swing and many other styles of dance, and the performance will include a Bollywood finale. Students from about 75 countries attend UMaine.

The production involves some 100 dancers, technical staff and coordinators. It attracts nearly 2,000 people from UMaine and throughout the state.

The dance festival is free and organized by the Office of International Programs and the International Student Association, with additional financial support from UMaine’s Division of Student Affairs, Student Government, Residents on Campus and the Cultural Affairs-Distinguished Lecture Series.

Information about the dance festival is available by calling the Office of International Programs at 581-2905.

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