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Article Published: Mar. 15, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 4, 2012
Diversity Celebration at ASU

Appalachian State University’s Diversity Celebration, scheduled for April 3, brings together music, dance, food and cultural experiences that span the globe, from traditional African dance to American bluegrass.
Photos by Kellen Moore

Where can you experience 48 hours of free family-friendly fun and entertainment in one afternoon?
The 11th annual Diversity Celebration at Appalachian State University offers just such an opportunity.

On April 3, from 3 to 9 p.m., Plemmons Student Union will come alive with music ranging from Highland pipes to spicy mariachi, a variety of activities like mask-making and face-painting, world dance lessons and demonstrations, and a sampling of international cuisine.

This year, the World Dance, Song and Music Workshop Series schedule offers demonstrations and lessons for the whole family. Visitors can learn the art of belly dancing with Teresa Dickerson of Three Graces Entertainment or watch the playful movements of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.

The festivities also include colorful bhangra dances, taught by Puja Gosai and Ambi Khah from the Muslim Student Association, and Afrolachian Drum and Dance Troupe EYA!!, exploring the traditional dances of Ghana. There’s also an opportunity to learn the reels, jigs and strathspeys of Scottish Country Dancing.

“Whichever workshop you choose, you’re sure to come away with some new fancy footwork and a smile on your face,” an event organizer said.

In addition to workshops and lessons, there will be pure African dance and drumming performances by Sherone Price and Shawn Roberts, faculty members in the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance and Hayes School of Music at Appalachian.

Visit for updated performance schedules, maps and procedures for bringing groups, or call (828) 262-6252 or (828) 262-8116 for more information.

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