During the weekend celebrations for Alberta Arts Days, several dance troupes came together at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts to present an evening filled with cultural entertainment. Beginning with several opening messages from the organizing committee and Mayor Blake, the show stunned the audience with colourful displays, beautiful music and poetic presentations. The evening ended with a fusion of cultural dance featuring members of the Nrityalaya School of Indian Dance, the Belly Dance Academy and Hoop dancing by Reinalie Joralan. Participating groups during “East Meets West” included: The Polynesian Dance Group
Native Indian Dance Group from Fort Mackay
Nrityalaya School of Indian Dance
Karen Savoie – Belly Dancing Academy
Fort McMurray HoopPoi Group
Poetry by Indranil Bhattacharya
Poetry by Mary ThomasEast Meets West was one of the many local events that took place during Alberta Arts Days, September 30 – October 2, 2011.
(Photo: Sword Dance by Belly Dance Academy. Photo by Kristi Gallant)