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2014 Nations of Dance FestivalFebruary 21-23, 2014
Coronado Performing Arts Center 650 D Avenue Coronado, CA 92118(map)
Visit www.nationsdancefestival.com for tickets.
Thirty-one dance companies, with roots in cultures from around the globe, are part of the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival. This exciting showcase, a highlight of the local dance calendar, makes the audience feel like the entire world is within their grasp.
It is rare to have an opportunity to see 345 dancers and musicians, chosen by audition, performing for love of their community and their homeland. Nations International Dance Festival presents an array of cultural traditions from high classicism, like Abinaya Arts Academy, to folkloric celebrations such as Morava Folk Ensemble.
The Fest embraces change within continuity. It gives many newcomers, such as whirling dancer Nicole McClaren, a chance to perform, and welcomes re-interpretations of the past from crowd-pleasing troupes like Bollywood Trans and Malone Academy. Thanks to adept direction, these presentations feel less like a variety show and more like a revolving diorama. The program mixes passion, beauty, rousing music and storytelling into an exotic "vacation" in the comfort of Coronado High School's state-of-the-art theatre. Visit nationsdancefestival.com for more information, showtimes and tickets.