2016 AARP Gateway To Asia Explore Asia stage
Here are the performers you’ll see on the 2016 AARP Gateway To Asia Explore Asia Stage!
FILIPINO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY OF COLORADO (FACC)
The Filipino-American Community of Colorado (FACC) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to educational, cultural, scientific, and charitable purposes. The FACC is the most prominent source of Filipino culture in the six county areas and a leading organization in the Asian-American Community. Formally known as The Filipino Club of the Rockies, it was established in 1954 by people who were compelled to keep and share the Filipino Culture. For over 50 years, the FACC has followed the Filipino traditions of family, commitment and hospitality to provide the Denver Metro Area with an educational and cultural source of the Philippine Heritage. All of which are shared through music, dancing, local events and of course community gatherings. You could say that it is a place where Filipinos and Filipinos at heart come together and become a family.
GREAT WALL CHINESE ACADEMY
Great Wall Chinese Academy is a non-profit Chinese community school. We offer classes for K-12 and adults students from all culture backgrounds. Students learn Chinese language and cultures like Chinese traditional Chinese dance, kungfu, yoyo, instrument, handcraft and calligraphy and more. The dragon boat festival provides a great opportunity for our students to share culture heritage, experience the dragon boat traditions, explore local communities, and built wonderful friendship and long-lasting memories of lifetime.
HALAU HULA O NA MAUNA KOMOHANA
Halau Hula O Na Mauna Komohana has been active since 1993. We performed at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival last year and two other previous years. We present both ancient and modern Hawai’ian hula. Pumehana learned hula as part of her MA degree at University of Hawai’i.
Halau Kalama is a Polynesian Dance Group formed in 2011 that specializes in educating & promoting the Polynesian Culture through dance & music for all who wish to learn. Our group consists of students from ages 3-50+ years. Located in Southeast Aurora, CO, classes range from beginners, intermediate & Advanced and all on are on Saturday mornings. Halau Kalama focuses on four Polynesian islands: Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. We pride ourselves on the island costumes and dance. It is our missions to educate all communities about our Polynesian culture. Members of Halau Kalama perform throughout the state of Colorado entertaining as well as enlightening all communities who wish to experience the Aloha Spirit.
We started the Hansori band in 2010. We have performed the Korea Traditional Drum which is called “Samulnori” in Korean. Samlnori consists of 2 gong and 2 drums. Each instrument represent the nature sounds. The Janggo represents “the sound rain drop”, Buk does an image of Cloud, Jing does wind and Kangari does thunder, which God creates. We had thought we can share these as Korean and Christian in order to preaching the Gospel. We decided to recite John 3:16 during performance. We have performed Korean drum at College, Church and multi-culture event regardless whether they are Christian or not. We have shared why we have performed “Samulnori” is to preach the Gospel.
JOYOUS CHINESE CULTURAL CENTER
The Joyous Chinese Cultural Center was created in 1996 to provide adoptive families of CCAI (Chinese Children Adoption International) a sense of belonging to, and pride in, their children’s initial heritage. JCCC programs offer an opportunity to learn basic spoken and written Mandarin Chinese, as well as Chinese dance, art, songs, and games. At JCCC, families meet Chinese role models and share entertaining lessons, projects, and activities in a warm, friendly community setting. It’s a distinctive place for our children to spend time with families who are just as diverse as their own. JCCC programs are open to all children. We also offer Adult classes and Distance Learning materials.
KIMIKO SIDE JAPANESE CRAFTS
For fifteen years, Kimiko Side served as the president of Denver’s Takayama Sister City program. She continues to be an active volunteer and share her leadership in a variety of organizations. As a member of the Japanese American Scholarship Committee she has funded scholarships for Japanese students. One of Kimiko’s very special gifts is her skill at teaching the craft of Japanese doll making and other traditional Japanese crafts, which she has done for 30 years. All the profits from her classes are donated to the Buddhist Temple and Simpson Methodist Church. Kimiko was named the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival’s 2013 Honorary Chair.
Ming De Lion Dance Cultural Troupe is a lion dance group. We strive to perform, educate, and serve the community. We teach and perform traditional Lion Dance. The group was founded to focus on helping educate the community more on Lion dance through performance and educational workshops.
MUDRA DANCE STUDIO
Mudra Dance Studio, a nonprofit organization, is intent on the celebration and promotion of Diversity though the Universal Language of DANCE & MUSIC through the classical Indian dance form of “Kathak” – story telling, along with contemporary & folk dances from India. The studio has a yearlong school for students of all ages, as well as a professional performing company. Our Focus: Cultural outreach & Diversity: Children & Education: Charity & Uplifting: Well-being & Collaboration: Mudra’s Annual Production is to support other non-profit organizations.
PHILIPPINE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COLORADO (PASCO)
The Philippine American Society of Colorado is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating, preserving, promoting and sharing the Philippine culture and heritage through educational and cultural opportunities that would enrich and enhance the lives of its members and the people of Colorado.
James Xiong is a young up-and-coming standup comic based out of Denver, Colorado. Born in the corn mazes of the Midwest only to escape and see the beauty that is the Great Lakes of Michigan, this first-generation Hmong American comedian has been honing his craft into a freeing and inspired comedy experience based on life’s many experiences.
RHYTHM BOLLYWOOD DANCE
Bollywood (Indian Movie Industry) offers a variety of dance styles, from very feminine classical to bhangra, kathak, hip-hop, and fusion of the rich Indian folk dances with elements of western styles. I teach Bollywood dance to kids,teens and adults in my basement studio. I am a mother of two girls. I have a masters degree and I work full time from home for an IT company. I have over six years of experience in teaching kids (girls and boys) and adults, fun-filled Bollywood dance moves. I choreograph and teach on a variety of Bollywood songs, including classical, western, rock, etc.
SAKURA CHORUS MILE HIGH
Established in December 2015. We are brand new chorus group. Most of our members are native Japanese who loves to sing and enjoy music. We sing old traditional Japanese folk songs to latest J-pop songs.
In tune and attuned. At Sureela, we practice attuning the mind, body, and spirit through sangeet: movement, rhythm, and melody. Sureela students and ensemble members learn about South Asian philosophy, history, religion, literature and mathematics through the performing arts, focusing on North Indian classical kathak dance.
Aloha, Kainoa has been performing professionally in the Denver area since 1984. In 2007, she was given the opportunity to open a Polynesian dance studio, which gained 75 students that first year. She danced in Hawai’i. the United States and Canada. Having performed many years with a professional group here at Dragon Boat, last year was the first year that she presented her students. They received such an such an awesome response, and are pleased to be back again this year! We are proud to again present, Sway, Hula Colorado at the Colorado Dragon Boat festival. Her students all have a close association with Hawai’i or feel a deep affection and love for hula. They surely work very hard to embody the spirit of aloha and to share their love for the islands.
WAT BUDDHAWARARAM – THAI HARMONY
Thai Harmony is the group of Thai dancers and musicians from the Thai temple of Denver, Wat Buddhawararam. The temple was established in 1976. It is situated at 4801 Julian St. Denver, CO 80221. Adults and children receive Thai traditional dance and classical music lessons at the temple under the Thai Language and Culture Program which is a joint project in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Please contact us at 303 433-1826 or at our email: [email protected].