Asian Extravaganze educates SU students

SU students were given the opportunity this weekend to experience the excitement and elegance of Asian culture.

The Asian Extravaganza was held by the Asian American Organization and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

This year’s theme was “Celebrating the Year of the Dragon.” It was held in the Ceddia Union Building’s Multi-Purpose Room on Saturday, April 14, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event succeeded in introducing students to various aspects of Asian culture with displays as well as performances that showcased some very interesting and entertaining cultural practices.
The Sunshine Dance Co. of Harrisburg performed elegant Chinese choreography, and the Susquehanna University Belly Dance Troupe showcased its talent as it performed an ancient and beautiful dance form that has been practiced in various Asian countries.

The costumes that were displayed in the performances also gave some insight into Asian culture with vibrant colors and intricate designs that added a unique aspect to the dances that were performed.

The highlight of the event was by far the performance of the New York Chinese Ballet.
Two of the dancers entered the audience in a full dragon costume that resembled those often used in Chinese New Year celebrations.

The dancers moved about through the crowd and made their way on to stage with jumps and leaps that made the dragon come alive in the eyes of the large audience.

They continued their performance with beautiful choreography and an exciting sword dance that combined amazing detail with speed and elegance.

The event also featured an exciting martial arts demonstration by the Dragon’s Way School of Kenpo Martial Arts of Carlisle, Pa.

The demonstration included martial arts students of various ages, and many martial arts techniques were demonstrated from basic martial arts moves to detailed and advanced techniques. Also there was a performance on Feb. 30 by a rock band formed by SU students.

There was also a silent auction, various displays of Asian art, plants and amazing food. The combination of things to do and look at created a very positive environment.

Raffle tickets were handed out during the event, and free activities were offered, including henna tattoos and caricature drawings.

This year’s Asian Extravaganza definitely succeeded in bringing a taste of Asian culture to campus and it offered entertainment as well as education for students and visitors of all ages.

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