Cultural Showcase

Hall F

Showtimes: 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Date:
July 25 – 27
Location:
Hall F, HomeGrown Alberta presented by Cashco

From north to south and east to west, our province is honoured to have an array of different cultures with unique heritages and traditions. Many of these traditions include the expression of their identity through music and dance.

Through our K-Days cultural showcase, submerge yourself in traditional experiences of various heritages. Throughout the afternoon, every half hour a cultural group will share their traditions with you.

Schedule

July 25 July 26 July 27
1:30 p.m. SocaFit Dancers with Danielle George of Trincan Steel Orchestra SocaFit Dancers with Danielle George of Trincan Steel Orchestra Marena Colombia
2 p.m. Celtic Celidh Dancers Taegeuk Taekwondo Group Usha Kala Niketan
2:30 p.m. Sangea Academy
Liederkranz Men’s Choir Viter Ukrainian Dancers Society
3 p.m. Cuban Movements Dance School Filipino-Canadian Saranay Association Capoeira Academy

 

Artist Bios

We are pleased to present the following groups as part of our cultural showcase:

Thursday, July 25

SocaFit Dancers featuring Danielle George of Trincan Steel Orchestra (July 25 & 26)

Comprised of both adults and youth, SocaFit Dancers focus on bringing authentic Caribbean movement & energy to the stage!

Danielle George of Trincan Steel Orchestra

Danielle has been playing the Steel Pan for over 30 years. Danielle is part of Trincan Steel Orchestra and has played all over Alberta. Bringing the beautiful sounds of Trinidad and Tobago to Edmonton, she would like you to enjoy and dance with the music.

Celtic Ceilidh Dancers

The performing group from Celtic Ceilidh Dance Academy has received superb reviews for their fusion of Irish and Highland dance. This local Celtic dance group celebrates their heritage while entertaining with their traditional and choreographed numbers. If you enjoy a high energy performance featuring the sounds of Celtic music, including bagpipes – with people who are proud of their traditions and dedicated to doing something cultural – this is something you’ll want to see. There is obvious passion within the group and their choreographers that spills over into the audience!

Dancers in the Irish and Scottish-Highland dance disciplines enjoy opportunities to travel, train, perform and compete with this group including regular visits to Scotland, Ireland, Disneyland and Disney World.

Sangea Academy

Sangea is a common name given to a girl in Liberia which means “female leader”. Sangea started in December 2012. The group started with 3 members and has grown up to 10 members over the years. We perform at Community events, Weddings, Private parties, Fundraisers, Festivals and so on.

We perform west African Traditional music and dance that dates back hundreds of years. This group has members from the Latin America, Canada and various African. The African and Latin culture are very similar and because of our similarities and little differences, when combined, we have a great connection. Like the Latin culture, the African culture has rhythm in every movement. There is rhythm in the way we Walk, Speak, Work, etc.

Sangea is the award winner of the “Fil Fraser Award 2015, for Outstanding Performance” winner of the “Afro Canadian Heros, Artist of the year 2014”, and also the winner of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 “Excellent Community Initiative Group Award” by Action for Healthy Communities. The objective of this group is to share and preserve the African culture through music and arts. We use our energetic music (Drumming, Singing, Poetry & Dance) as a tool to build cultural bridges in the community.

Cuban Movements Dance School

Cuban Movements was founded 6 years ago in Edmonton. They have since performed on some of the biggest stages across North America such as Los Angeles and Miami’s salsa congresses, Winnipeg’s Folklorama and Expo Latino in Calgary, to name a few.

Cuban Movements Dance School also offers a variety of classes for all ages and all levels, including Cuban Salsa, Rumba, Afro-Cuban, reggaeton and many more!

Friday, July 26

SocaFit Dancers featuring Danielle George of Trincan Steel Orchestra (July 25 & 26)

Comprised of both adults and youth, SocaFit Dancers focus on bringing authentic Caribbean movement & energy to the stage!

Danielle George of Trincan Steel Orchestra

Danielle has been playing the Steel Pan for over 30 years. Danielle is part of Trincan Steel Orchestra and has played all over Alberta. Bringing the beautiful sounds of Trinidad and Tobago to Edmonton, she would like you to enjoy and dance with the music.

Taegeuk Taekwondo Edmonton South

Taegeuk Taekwondo teaches self-discipline, self-defence and control of physical and mental training to all ages (3 years of age to adult).

Liederkranz Men’s Choir

The Liederkranz Men’s Choir was formed in 1962 in Edmonton. When the choir began, it was dedicated to the preservation of German musical culture in the community. The choir participates in social events in the German Community, in song at the Kaffeeklatch, German Days, and at other German festive occasions. They also represent their club to the larger community in Edmonton by singing at continuing care homes, Alberta’s Legislature, and at church services during the Christmas season.

Filipino-Canadian Saranay Association of Alberta

The Filipino-Canadian Saranay Association of Alberta is a non-profit organization founded on June 9, 1979 by a group of dedicated leaders.

“Saranay” is a Filipino maxim, which means “to help and to serve others”, and has the vision and mission to promote, preserve, and retain Filipino Language, Culture, and Tradition through performing arts, theatre, music, rondalla, and Filipino Language Courses from Grades 4 to 6 accredited by Alberta Education.

Saturday, July 27

Marena Colombia

Marena is a folkloric dance group born from the love for dancing and the desire to share Colombian cultural roots. At the beginning of the summer 2015, they decided to join forces and skills to create the group. In Marena, members have a space to create together, share many laughs and be part of a community where dance is a medium that has allowed us to dream together.

Usha Kala Niketan

Established in July 1989, Usha Kala Niketan School of Dance and Music boasts hundreds of students in classical and folk dances of India presented at conferences, functions and festivals. Numerous earned gold medals in competitions such as Dance Power and EFCL. Students have performed in Kala Nidhi, in the top most festival of Canada at the Kimberly International Festival. Students have also performed in Chicago and major cities in India. The school also offers, to everyone, training and instruction in vocal music and instruments. Through artistic expression students learn about the heritage and ancient civilizations of India.

Viter Ukrainian Dancers

Edmonton’s Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir have become recognized internationally for their energy, innovation and passion for Ukrainian culture. While creating an entertaining and harmonious blend of storytelling, Viter has shared their productions with appreciative audiences in Edmonton, across Canada, and around the world.

Capoeira Academy

The Capoeira Academy is Edmonton’s home for traditional Afro-Brazilian martial arts, music, acrobatics, and dance! Capoeira is now seen around the world and has been popularized in many films, TV shows, and video games, but it was originally developed by African slaves in Brazil as a way to disguise martial arts as a form of ritual dance, with the music dictating the style and pace of the game. We hope you enjoy this demonstration of capoeira, one of the most important cultural traditions of Brazil.

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