BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. ( May 4, 2012) — Amazing dance performance and audience cheering followed by live band dance party until mid-night, “A Night with Iny Asian Dance Theater” last Friday at the Buasavanh Banquet Hall.
Iny Asian Dance Theater (IADT), in collaboration with Asian Media Access (AMA), successfully welcomed guests with a traditional Hmong Dance “Welcoming and Blessing”, performed by Minnesota Sunshine, the advanced dance group of IADT. As an opening dance, a group of young Hmong female dancers wearing silver jewelry, jingling bells and white pleated skirts combined sound and color to delight the guests.
After the opening, there was a warm welcome by Emcee Paxeng Xiong and a speech by Iny Xiong and Ange Hwang as introduction for IADT. Their speech truly reflected their passion and support in Asian performance arts, and honor for the success of IADT over the past eleven years.
“Drum Dance” performed by Hmong Heroes started the first part of the show. Next, followed by Ocean’s “Red Bollywood Dance”, Silver Skies’ “Flowers in the Rain”, and Rainbow’s “Ribbon Dance”. During each performance, the young dancers performed their explosive acrobatic forms with different dance styles, which impressed all the guests. Emcee Xiong closed the first part by introducing Minnesota Sunshine, the group that received numerous awards nationwide. Then, the dancers of Minnesota Sunshine stepped up to the stage and shared their experience in their China Trip in 2010, and a documentary slideshow made by the dancers was shown to the guests. IADT and AMA hope that by the Arts/Culture Appreciation Trip in China this summer, the youth dancers could experience and learn what their “elders” have gained in 2010.
Dance performance resumed after the presentation, which included Rainbow’s “Basket Dance”, Silver Skies’ “Qeej Dance”, Ocean’s “Peacock Dance”, and Hmong Heroes’ “Rice Cake Pounding”. And Minnesota Sunshine’s “Thai Dance” ended the performance part of the night. Last but not least, there were a few new dance groups being introduced by Emcee Xiong – Rainbow Boys, Rainbow Girls, Group A and Group B.
Since the beginning of 2012, over 70 new dancers have joined IADT’s family, these new groups were formed. They are now under weekly training on basic dance skills and acrobatic skills.
A Dance Party began after 9pm, host by our party Emcee Pha Yang and the famous local MN Hmong Band, the Puav Pheej Band. Some special guests and singers also joined the party that pushed the party to a climax and ending with the loudest guests cheers about at mid-night.
With the success of this fundraising event, IADT and AMA have collected over $4,000 which could make the Arts/Culture Appreciation Trip in China happened this summer. One special note, if you missed this event, there is the 3rd Annual Pan Asian Arts Festival on May 20, noon to 5pm, at the Landmark Center of downtown Saint Paul. Please check out the Pan Asian Arts Alliance website for more information: www.panasianartsalliance.org.