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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Inaugural International Dance Gala Set for April 28 at LCC

Dancers Bonnie Simoa and Erin Elder perform the Legong dance in Bangli, Bali, in 2015, photos by Lytton ReidEUGENE, Ore.– The Lane Community College Dance Program and the City of Eugene are partnering to present the first annual International Dance Gala, Sunday April 28, at 6 p.m. at Ragozzino Hall on LCC’s main campus. The event is free.

The time has come for Eugene to have a concert dedicated to world dance traditions. Lane Community College and the City of Eugene have responded to that call. As the finale for the City of Eugene’s first National Dance Week, April 22-28, and in celebration of International Dance Day, LCC is proud to host and present this inaugural International Dance Gala. 

The International Dance Gala celebrates the best of Eugene’s world dance performers, presenting dances from diverse cultures including Balinese, Cuban, Hawaiian, African, Spanish, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Native American. Leaders in Eugene’s world dance community committed to preserving and sharing dance of traditional cultures, including Bonnie Simoa, Florabelle Moses, Akiko Colton, Michael Moloi, Martita, Priya Carden, Souzana and Darin Henry, have all contributed dances for this extraordinary event. 

The audience will experience a journey across the globe, visiting continents and islands to get a taste of the cultures, and experience the dances of these rich traditions. Visual images and text will guide the audience through an experience that illuminates the beauty of the culture and the dances of their people. Everyone is encouraged to come in traditional dress from your homeland, or favorite country. 

No advanced tickets. Entry is Free.

Dancers Bonnie Simoa and Erin Elder perform the Legong dance in Bangli, Bali, in 2015
Dancers Bonnie Simoa and Erin Elder perform the Legong dance in Bangli, Bali, in 2015.
Photos by Lytton Reid

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