Global Education Center birthday concert
This Saturday (2/24), the Global Education Center is putting on a 10th Anniversary performance with a bunch of their groups -- mostly dance groups from various world cultures, plus a djembe ensemble and a steel drum band, maybe some other music more than dance stuff. The concert is 7:30 at Father Ryan. GEC runs classes from their building on Charlotte, they train teachers, do performances in schools, and you can count on seeing one of their groups at almost any festival, especially one that wants to make some acknowledgement of the ethnic diversity in the city. They're sort of a one-stop shop for that if you're programming an event.
You've got to figure these have been good years for GEC, as the city takes in immigrants from everywhere and takes on a more visibily internationalized character. That's got to translate into more interest in what they're doing, more people with something to teach, and institutions in town placing more importance on what GEC has to offer. I hope that's right.
Here's a list of the groups performing from an email I got on the performance. Don't ask me what most of these are:
Deep Grooves Steel Drum Group
Djembefole Percussion Ensemble
Dynamic Movcement Hip-Hop Ensemble
Fiona, An American Hoop Girl
Kala Nivedanam South Indian Classical Dance
Linda Reed, Middle Eastern Dance
Malone Dance Studios
Nashville Chinese Culture Club
The Bosch Institute
Thywill Amenya Trio from GHana
Xenia, Modern Egyptian Dance