Local groups are coming together to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with the Pan Asian Arts Festival, Part II, on May 29, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337.
The day long dance event is organized by Pan Asian Arts Alliance, and features the top talents from local troupes, from Chinese and Japanese in the north, to India in the south – along with a final performance at from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. There is a $5 admission to see the entire show.
Twenty-two dance troupes will compete for the Best Asian Traditional Dance and Best Modern Dance titles. Each group is required to perform two dances to showcase their talents.
The judging criteria will focus on cultural relevance; choreography; technical skills; group cohesion; costumes and appearance; overall impression; and engaging with the audience.
The internationally credentialed and acclaimed judges include Natalie Chung, a professional Broadway dancer; Julie Kerr-Berry, Professor and Dance and Program Director at MSU Mankato; Pei Shen, a Nanjing born teacher and internationally renowned choreographer form China.
This unique project is sponsored in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund from MN State Arts Board (which that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov., 2008.), and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.
The Special Advisory Committee includes Asian Media Access; Dao Lan Dance Studio, Hoang Anh Vietnamese Dance Group; MN Sunshine Dance; MN Ocean Dance; Mu Gung Hwa Korean Dance Group; Pan Asian Story-Tellers Assn.,; Sansei Yonsei Kai Japanese Children and Adult Dance Group; Sumunar Indonesian Dance Ensemble, c/o Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota; and Twin Cities Chinese Dance Theater.