The 5th annual International Dance Festival was co-sponsored by the University’s Office of International Programs and the International Student Association. I was honored to be selected as the Master of Ceremonies for this event.
We take pride in having a very international environment at UMaine with over 400 international students and scholars, from more than 75 different countries, studying and conducting research on our campus. These numbers just account for those on student scholar visas and don’t include the many others who may be recent immigrants or trace their roots back to countries around the globe.
Over the years I have had the good fortune to live, work or spend extensive time in many different countries. My passport sparks many memories.
The most vivid are those of the people I have met, the friendships I have made, and the hours I spent with them enjoying their diverse and unique cultures through the songs and dances they shared. The emotions they stirred lingered long after the evenings ended.
Those who attended the two performances had a similar experience. The international students of our university community proudly shared their extensive talents to help others understand and appreciate the cultures and customs of their homelands.
Enjoy the show!