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Bayanihan Dance Company Brings Culture and Folklore of Philippines
10/21/2010

Bayanihan Dance Company Brings Culture and Folklore of Philippines
Bayanihan, the national dance company of the Philippines, will bring its breathtaking show to Frostburg State University’s Pealer Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The performance, described as “an evening of beautiful costumes, intriguing cultural influences and absolutely incredible dancing,” is part of the Cultural Events Series at FSU.

Bayanihan takes its name from an ancient Filipino tradition called “bayanihan,” which means working together for a common good. Founded in 1957, the company works to educate audiences on the cultural traditions and folklore of the Philippines through dazzling theatrical presentations and traditional music. A nationally and internationally award-winning company, Bayanihan has awakened a new pride among Filipinos in their cultural heritage, added a new dimension to the country’s dance tradition and built a rich reserve of international goodwill. Now the company will bring its unique presentation to Mountain Maryland.

The extravagant dances require a combination of precise movement, balance and skill from company members. Everything from the music to the choreography to the lighting to the costumes is intricately planned to show homage and patriotism to the motherland. Entertaining and emotional, it’s a cultural experience that transcends borders. Tickets for the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company performance are $20 for adults and $14 for those under 17. Corporate and group discount ticket rates are also available. Tickets may be ordered by calling 301-687-3137 or online at http://ces.frostburg.edu.

The Cultural Events Series is supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This event is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from MSAC.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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