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World Music and Dance Concert celebrates diversity of nations [PHOTOS]


The concert began with a procession of flags. Students carried flags down the isles, while a loud voice named off each one. It began with the brightly colored Ukrainian flag and ended with the familiar United States stripes of Red, White and Blue.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, students experienced the culture of nine different countries during the global extravaganza that was Ohio University's third annual World Music and Dance Concert in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

"Seeing the different types of dance and music from other cultures was really interesting, and it was entertaining to be able to look at all of the different traditions," said sophomore Olivia Talbott.
 
The show ranged from acrobatic, awe inspiring routines from the Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, to the strong, rhythmic drumming of Japan. Students performed alongside dance professionals from countries such as Azerbaijan, Guyana and Italy.

"It was an amazing performance," said Tate Hamilton, an undecided major in the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences. " It really opened my eyes to the way other cultures express themselves through music and dance."

The concert ended with an invitation to the audience. "Feel free to boogie," said director Paschal Yao Younge. Audience members ran on stage and danced with the performers.

"It was really fun, in the end it turned out to be more of a celebration of diversity, than just an average concert," said freshman marketing major Amber Altic.

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Sashar Zarif performs in a dress rehearsal for the third annual Global Excusions World Music and Dance Festival, which was held in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Saturday. Photo by: Ross Brinkerhoff. 

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Greg Becker (left) and Seth Alexander perform with the Ohio University Taiko Ensemble. Photo by: Ross Brinkerhoff. 

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Director and Composer Eric Paton leads the Ohio University Taiko Ensemble. Photo by: Ross Brinkerhoff. 

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Micheal Ofori plays a set of steel bass drums with the Ohio University Steel Band. Photo by: Ross Brinkerhoff.

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Members of the Ohio University African Ensemble perform. Photo by: Ross Brinkerhoff. 

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Mustapha Braimah dances for the third annual Global Excusions World Music and Dance Festival. Photo by: Ross Brinkerhoff. 

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Chengxin Wei and Luwen Zhang perform a piece entitled "The Spirit of Tai Chi Sword." Photo by: Ross Brinkerhoff. 

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Sashar Zarif. Photo by: Ross Brinkerhoff.