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A Fiesta of International Proportions

It's not every day that students can learn about several foreign cultures and be entertained with many different styles of dance – all at the nearby Center for the Arts.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the International Club Council will put on its annual International Fiesta. This year's theme is Global Kaleidoscope, and it promises to have many elements blended into one evening.

"What the audience is going to see during the show is the hard work and the devotion that students put into this event," said Janice Tong, the international club council coordinator and a senior social sciences interdisciplinary major with a concentration in international studies. "They actually started preparing last year, so all this hard work and all this effort is condensed into the eight minutes that they have on stage. I hope people enjoy it."

What the event boils down to is an international dance competition that weaves together traditional and modern themes that have to do with the dancing club's origin. There are elements of both education and entertainment.

Clubs are not limited in their membership, according to Tong. For instance, the Indian Student Association, though mostly made up of Indian students, has many students who were raised locally.

The fiesta welcomes the curious.

"International students have a lot of passion," Tong said. "It's really a cultural exchange, and I hope that the audience can get a little exposure through this experience. Also, I hope they realize that there are clubs that they can approach if they have questions or are curious."

In addition to the free tickets the Student Association has been giving out over the past couple weeks, 200 tickets are on sale at the CFA box office for $10 each.

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