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From the SF Chronicle.
Out of this worldmore...
Ethnic Dance Festival
Groups from around the globe will perform in the 3-weekend event
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Now in its 28th year, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival has been extraordinarily successful at doing two things that seem to be at odds: preserving tradition and innovating dance.
For instance, this year's festival will feature Izumi Sato, a Japanese woman who has mastered Bharatanatyam, an Indian dance form that dates back to the 10th century. According to the festival's executive director, Julie Mushet, there are two dozen performers in the Bay Area who have conquered forms that are not in their cultural traditions.
And the San Jose Mercury News with a beautiful picture.
Festival showcases folk, modern traditionsmore...
By Jaweed Kaleem
From break dancing accompanied by American-brewed hip-hop to the ancient kathak classical dance tradition of Northern India, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival spotlights the cultural wealth of the Bay Area.
More than 500 professional Northern California dancers will perform at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre over three weekends to exhibit traditional and contemporary dance from their countries and cultures.
A piece on one of the artists in the Mercury News.
JAPAN-BORN ARTIST EXPLORES DANCE FROM SOUTHERN INDIA
By Jaweed Kaleem
Thousands of years ago in Hindu temples, devotees would perform dances with intricate hand movements to pay tribute to gods and goddesses. In South India, these tributes developed into the complex dance tradition of bharatanatyam.
For the past 11 years, Izumi Sato of Sunnyvale has mastered this classical technique. This weekend, she'll perform a packed five-minute piece in her first appearance at the festival.