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Zelma Badu-Younge

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World Music and Dance Festival to begin Jan. 28


Italy, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, China and Africa are a few of the numerous regions whose art forms and cultures will come to life during the third annual World Music and Dance Festival. 

The festival gives students an opportunity to experience a multitude of cultures firsthand. 

Dance and drumming workshops will take place during the week of Jan. 28 and the festival will conclude with the World Music and Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. 

"It's a time for students to be educated and learn about other cultures," said Associate Professor of Multicultural Music Education Paschal Yao Younge. "We want them to learn different approaches to making music, different approaches to learning dance, and different approaches to appreciating different ways of teaching."

Younge and his wife Zelma Badu-Younge, associate professor in the School of Dance, are the directors and founders of the World Music and Dance Festival at Ohio University. They both teach courses in the area of cross cultural arts, and see the festival as a continuation of their teaching. 

"That's our job as educators," said Younge. "Our work is not complete if students are not encouraged to see the world outside of the classroom."

During the workshops, guest artists will teach their art form while also discussing the history and culture that comes with it. Students, who participate in the workshops, will also have the opportunity to perform in the concert. 

"Most of the people who are going to perform, you'll be surprised, that 75 percent of them will not be in the arts, and that's the beauty of the whole thing," said Younge. 

The Younge's strongly encourage students to not simply see the concert, but to actively participate in the week of events. 

"It gives you another level of understanding what's going to happen onstage and another level of appreciation," said Badu-Younge. "I'm excited for students to realize that they can be artists. There are different ways for people to become artists and it doesn't have to be only in western arts."

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to participate during the concert, as well as taste free snacks native to the represented regions. The concert and workshops are free for Ohio University students and are open to the public.

Posters with a schedule of workshops can be found in the School of Music and the School of Dance. 

For more information, contact Paschal Yao Younge at youngep@ohio.edu or Zelma Badu-Younge at badu-you@ohio.edu.