In addition to confidence building classes and live performances, the Cannon Falls School of Dance offers field trips for budding dancers to observe professional performances and see first-hand other dance organizations in work.
The school’s World Culture class attended the Carpathian Festival on February 19th at the historic Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. The attendees from Cannon Falls described the experience as “fun but educational”.
The festival had six hours of performances featuring 10 different cultures ranging from Polish, Jewish, and Romanian. It included a combination of folk tale re-enactments, music performances, dance instruction, interactive areas and even puppet shows.
There were information booths where students could inquire even further about the custom and traditions of dance with each culture represented. This was an opportunity for local dancers to pursue even further knowledge what they have learned in the class with a fun filled environment.
There will be another summer class and the full-year course available later this year at Cannon Falls School of Dance with plans to attend next year’s Festival. The Ethnic Dance Theatre (EDT) is responsible for organizing the event in addition to as many as 30 programs annual.
They believe that ethnic music and dance are true affirmations of human artistic expression. Through performances, there’s acknowledgment of the inherent beauty and dignity of all peoples.