ST. PAUL — A showcase filled with youth talent from all over the Twin Cities, Asian Media Access will be holding a Winter Wonders showcase on December 18th and 19th, 2013, with both shows starting at 7 p.m. at Concordia University’s Pearson Theater, 275 Syndicate Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104-5494.
This showcase will feature many things from short films created by the Youth Media Force (YMF), to the rock band Scratch, to Asian styled dances from Iny Asian Dance Theater. Talk about a plate full of variety!
This last summer the top ten dancers from Iny Asian Dance Theater (IADT) got a chance to work with Disney’s Animal Kingdom representing their Asian theme. With the experience still fresh in mind Xufeng Lee from IADT’s Hmong Heroes says, “It was an experience and also a way to teach many cultures about our own culture through our dance, our music, and our movements.”
Focusing on performing IADT’s Asian dances from the regions of South China and Indochina the dancers took a comfy coach bus to Florida.
“The heat was crazy, but it’s even crazier dancing in the heat. What kept me going was the smiles on kids as they watched us perform”, says Jennie Vang from IADT’s MN Sunshine dance group.
See Xiong IADT’s Dance Coordinator and a Minnesota Sunshine dancer showed a warm smile as she reminisced about the children that came back day after day just to watch the dancers perform their songs and interact with them during their Ribbon Dance.
Other than having a dream come true by working at Disney, many dancers have noticed a boost in their self-confidence as dancers. They also noticed their stronger friendships leading to stronger teamwork within the group.
“There was a day when Xuefeng had an ankle injury so he had to stay behind. He had a solo part in the dance routine so we worked together and free styled throughout his part for the day and came home to a homemade dinner made by Xuefeng that evening,” See Xiong said.
The Winter Wonders showcase will feature all ten of the dancers that took part in working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each of them will be participating in newly choreographed dances with IADT’s signature eye-candy costumes.
The famous Ribbon Dance will also be in the program, which uses all of IADT’s dancers with the ages ranging from 5-25, bringing more color and fresh energy to stage.
With such strong bonds that continue to grow stage after stage we open our arms and ask you to come to the Winter Wonder’s showcase to see IADT’s Asian dances. Join us with an evening filled with fun entertainment that will surely move you.
For information visit www.amamedia.org or www.inyasiandancetheater.org.
This project is sponsored by the MN State Arts Board and Asian Pacific Council’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov., 2008.
Asian Media Access (AMA)’s mission is to connect the disconnected. Since its inception in 1992, AMA has accomplished and continues to accomplish its mission in the areas of media arts education/production and film exhibition/ distribution by educating, creating as well as presenting programs in media arts that educate, enlighten and entertain the community.
For 20 years AMA has served as an incubator for Asian American and Pacific Islander artists by providing training, technical expertise and access to sophisticated digital production and editing equipment to help develop artists’ skills.