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Cultural Heritage Night 2015-2016

The Music and American Sign Language (ASL) Clubs open the show by performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” with Director of Vocal Music Dr. Pamela Levy as conductor.
From left to right, seniors Sarah Kim and Robin I. Park perform as part of the Korean Acoustic Band. The group performed “It Hurts” and “I Don’t Care” by 2NE1 as well as “I Need a Girl” by Taeyang.
From left to right, juniors Caterina Depaulis, Julia Lopez, and Jasmine Washington perform a dance routine as part of the African American Culture Club.
From left to right, senior Gabriella Roman, senior Aimee Koo, junior Sungmin Ko, senior Eunice Chan, and senior Haena Kang. Korean Traditional Fan is a dance integral to Korean culture that incorporates elements of nature, such as birds, flowers, and waves. The dancers here, with their brightly colored fans and hanboks, the traditional Korean dress, arrange themselves into a flower formation. 
From left to right, junior Cheri Wang, senior Celina Sun, and senior Samantha Ng twirl their umbrellas as part of the Japanese Parasol act. Performers traditionally don the kimono, but the act has put a modern spin on the dance with their contemporary clothing.
From left to right, freshman Mansi Shah, freshman Priya Aguliar Bhanot, senior Paridhi Sonkiya, sophomore Nurin Keshwani, senior Muskaan Thukral, senior Prachi Ghera, senior Jenice John, freshman Riya John, sophomore Sharon John, senior Ramya Kumar, and senior Robin Shum of the Indian Fusion act. They combine hip-hop and modern and classical Indian dancing into a contemporary dance with traditional foundations. 
From left to right, junior Matthew Ko, senior Melanie Lam, and sophomore David Yao spin their staffs as part of the Chinese Wushu act. Wushu is a traditional Chinese martial art. The staff is a long weapon, but Wushu can also involve short weapons and barehanded fighting.
From left to right, sophomore Stephen Kurpiewski, senior Vivian Lim, and sophomore Eric Cho take on a stance as part of a Taekwondo form. The Taekwondo act incorporates forms, like those depicted below, and board breaking.
From left to right, seniors Joelle Cruz, Diana Serpas, Nicole Servellon of the Hispanic Culture Club perform a mix of bachata, a genre of romantic music that originated in the Dominican Republic, and reggaeton, a genre that combines hip-hop and rap and that originated in Puerto Rico.
From left to right, Korean Techno teachers seniors Jennifer Guo and Vanna Qing perform the paired dancing segment of their choreography to the song "Gone Not Around Any Longer" by SISTAR19.
From left to right, freshman Jenny Ye and sophomore Michelle Geng are dressed in modernized forms of the white kimono robes and red hakama skirts of Japanese shrine maidens. Anime Club performed, with a modern twist, the traditional dance that tells of the story of the Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu who fled into a cave to escape her rampaging brother. The performers utilized fans called Sensu in their dance.
In Chinese Lion Dance, a pair of performers, one acting as the head and the other as the tail, mimic a lion's motions through movements derived from Chinese martial arts. As the lions leap and tumble on stage, drummer sophomore Jenny Li on the left establishes the rhythm that the lions follow.
Using LED-modified yoyos, Chinese Yoyo lights up the dark stage with their various spins and tricks. Chinese yoyos, unlike Western yoyos, require two sticks to maintain their spinning motion. The Chinese yoyo can trace its roots back to the Ming Dynasty.
Photos taken by Annie Park
Captions written by Annie Yang

The night of Dec. 4, 2015 was chilly, but South was a warm, bustling hub, brimming with excitement for Cultural Heritage Night. Cultural Heritage Night, which is overseen by the International Council, was filled with food, music, dance, fun, pride, and memories. Multiple cultural groups, including the African-American Culture Club, Asian Culture Club, and Hispanic Club, came together to celebrate the student body’s diverse heritages. Nearly 20 acts from American Sign Language to Chinese Yoyo performed everything from fan dances to martial arts stances. Many acts showcased fresh combinations of tradition and modernity. This year’s theme for the event was “masks,” and masks representing cultures from Mexico, Japan, Africa, Korea, India, and China accompanied each act in the background.

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