Culture Shock Event at SMSU April 7

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Culture Shock
Culture Shock

The seventh annual Culture Shock will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in the Student Center upper level at Southwest Minnesota State University.

     Cultural performances will occur during the day. Four acts will highlight the day’s performances, including:

• In New Company (INC), a six-person hip-hop dance group with a unique perspective for interpretations of dance. The performers will be on stage twice, at 2:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

• Native Pride, a unique indigenous group that honors their elders through forms of art including music, dance and storytelling to reflect their cultural history and customs passed on through generations.

• Duyiya Drum & Dance, an authentic culturally immersive experience into the world of traditional West African drum and dance.

•Aztec Dance Group, also known as Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, is a community of people dedicated to preservation and promotion of the Mexica/Azteca culture. This group works in unity, mutual respect and harmony as it performs traditional warrior dances.

     Dance performances by international students from the Hmong Student Organization will take place at 2 p.m., followed by the Nepali Traditional Dance at 2:45 p.m. In addition, there will be a student fashion show highlighting native dress of international students at SMSU and Marshall High School starting at 3:45 p.m.

     All performances and the 5:30 p.m. dinner are free and open to the public. School supply donations for area schools will be accepted at the door.

     “The purpose of Culture Shock is to give the SMSU and greater Marshall communities the opportunity to be exposed to the many cultures represented on campus,” said Jefferson Lee, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

     The event is hosted by the United Global Leaders Yearning for Success (UGLYS), and sponsored by the Hmong Student Organization, Black Student Union, African Student Association, Club Latino, Oyate Club, Cultures United, Marshall High School Organization, Access, Opportunity Success, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the UGLYS.

The schedule of events includes:

12:30 p.m.: Opening 

12:45 p.m.: Danza Mexica Cauhtemoc

1:30 p.m.: Native Pride 

2:00 p.m.: Crossed Bamboo Dance—Performed by SMSU's Hmong Student Organization 

2:15 p.m.: In New Company 

2:45 p.m.: Nepali Traditional Dance—Performed by SMSU's Nepali students Bishal,Rohit,Laxmi and Pooja

3:00 p.m.: Danza Mexica Cauhtemoc

3:30 p.m.: Nepali Traditional Song — Nischal, performed by Nepali students Aayush Bajracharya, Shrijan Suwal and Prashant Shrestha

3:45 p.m.: Cultural Fashion Show

4:15 p.m.: Duniya Drum Dance 

4:45 p.m.: Native Pride

5:15 p.m.: Break-dance performance—Performed by a Marshall High School student

5:30 p.m.: Dinner 

6:15 p.m.: In New Company 

6:45 p.m.: Jalma Dance — Performed by SMSU Nepali students Bishal, Pooja, Tara, Rohit Pratima, Laxmi 

7:00 p.m.: Duniya Drum Dance 

     For more information contact 507-537-6169, AOS office, Michele Knife Sterner, michele.sterner@SMSU.edu, Cole Wilson, cole.wilson@smsu.edu, or Marly Cid, marly.cid@smsu.edu