Dances from around the world highlight International Festival

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international_fest2Photo By Rafael Gonzalez

Black Hawk College hosted the 13th annual International Festival on Sat. April 14 featuring international dances, a fashion show, food, and desserts. Several hundred people came in and out of the event to enjoy the show. The dances featured samba

and tango to name a few from the America’s, Chinese and Polynesian dances from Asia, a servillana dance from Spain and a Norwegian fashion show featuring a Viking for Europe. African dances and songs were also at the event.
Some of the booths featured Scottish history, intercultural exchanges, and a Mayan center for children of disabilities.
Bob Nakamaru, a retired Black Hawk College instructor lived in Guatemala. Nakamaru helps out in the Mayan center. “I loved Guatemala,” he said. “They are the same size, same skin color as me, I just like them.”
Black Hawk music major, Jeff Roland found out through genealogy research that his real last name was De’Roland but the name was changed by an ancestor. “It’s just different from the medieval time,” he said.

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