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African Youth League

The African Youth League performs a dance at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University. This dance blends modern and traditional dance moves popular in many African countries. Each student wears an African fabric wrapped as it would be for a traditional dance. The students say that dancing is a way for them to promote and maintain their African culture.

Bangladesh Student Association

The Bangladesh Student Association is performing a dance that reflects on the culture and traditional dances of Bangladesh at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Hellenic Student Association

The Hellenic Student Association performs two traditional Greek dances at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University. The first is called the "Pentozali," which means "five jumps" in Greek. This is a warrior's battle dance from the island of Crete, and finds its roots in the resistance to Ottoman occupation. Pentozali is a fast dance, but watch out for the variations in acceleration. The second dance is the "Kotsari," a dance with a double-bounce rhythm. The Kotsari is traditional to the Pontic groups of ethnic Greeks living in northern Greece and the Black Sea area of modern-day Turkey.

Indian American Association

The Indian American Association performs a dance showcasing Indian culture and traditions with Bollywood music at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University. The dance consists of traditional, Bollywood and bhangra dancing. Bollywood movies are very popular in India and each such film has several distinctive songs depicting a certain storyline. Outside the film industry, Indian culture also uses dancing as a way to bring people together and strengthen the community.

Indian Students Association

The Indian Students Association performs an Indian group song accompanied by acoustic instruments at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University. This song reflects on the spirit and liveliness of a carnival-like setting, all while focusing on the Indian culture and tradition.

Indonesian Student Association

The Indonesian Student Association plays traditional Indonesian instruments called "Angklung" at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University. Angklung are made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame, and the melodies produced by one set of angklung can play eight different pitches. This performance features three songs— "Tokecang", a folk song from the Sundanese culture in Indonesia, "Ibu Kita Kartini," one of Indonesia's national anthems, and "Do-Re-Mi," from The Sound of Music.

North African Students

Monika Wanis from the North African Students performs Raqs Sharqui, or "belly dancing," in English at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University. The dance is a traditional Middle Eastern dance and an improvisational solo dance that can vary greatly in terms of style and costume, depending on the country or region from which it comes. Monika is from Cairo, Egypt, and so will be performing an example of Egyptian belly dancing. It is suggested that belly dancing actually originated in Egypt and Northern Africa, where women used to dance for the Moon and Love gods. Modern-day belly dancing is often seen as a form of visual artistic expression, exercise, and entertainment.

OSU Dance Coalition

OSU Dance Coalition is a student organization whose members believe that multicultural dialogues can be created through dance. Students are given the opportunity to learn and teach dance styles from around the world. The piece OSU Dance Coalition performs at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University is a blend of Indian Classical Dance, Korean Pop, Merengue, and Bollywood Dance. Choreography was done by Coalition members Amrita, British, Chris, David, Nikita, and Samidha.

Pakistani American Students Association

The Pakistani American Students Association does a cultural performance representing traditional Pakistani culture and a fusion of east and west culture through a dance performance at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University.

Pi Delta Psi

At Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University, Pi Delta Psi performs a Lion Dance, in which they sponsor cultural awareness by performing at various shows and highlighting Chinese culture at each event. As the only Asian cultural fraternity in the state of Ohio, Pi Delta Psi practices the lion dance religiously because it is one of most entertaining ways of promoting Asian culture in the community. The Lion Dance is a traditional dance that's been part of the Chinese culture for thousands of years. It is performed around the Chinese New Year as well as weddings, store openings and various festivals and celebrations to ward off evil spirits, and to summon good luck and fortune for the upcoming year. The performance usually consists of one or two lions operated by two people for each lion—one as the head, one as the tail—a drummer, a cymbalist, and the Laughing Buddha, who interacts with the audience and teases the lion for comic relief. The Lion Dance requires great skill and focus as the dancers move in choreographed narratives and tell the story of the lion through dance.

Pilipino Student Association

The Pilipino Student Association demonstrates "Kawayan," which is a hybrid form of rhythmic beats, blending elements of modern stomp and "Arnis," the Filipino national martial art. Arnis teaches both unarmed combat and the use of bamboo canes as weapons. This performance was at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University.

Somali Students Association

A representative from the Somali Students Association performs a poem, in Somali, describing the struggles of Somalia at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University. Traditional Somali poetry often focuses on realistic situations and is underscored with instrumental music, making the poem a bit more like a song.

Sri Lankan Student Association

The Sri Lankan Student Association performs a dance integrating the cultural traditions of the two main ethnic groups of Sri Lanka: the Sinhalese and the Tamils at Taste of OSU on January 27, 2012 at The Ohio State University. Some of the Sinhalese styles of dancing represented is Kandyan and low country style dancing, while bharatnatyam is a Tamil style of dancing. The performance reflects on these two groups, but is really a fusion of many different styles of Sri Lankan dance. Many historical invasions have led to modern-day Sri Lanka's diversified culture, and the students would like to showcase this diversity and multiculturalism through dance.

Thai Student Association

The Thai Student Association dances the Serng-Manora is a Lao-Thai cultural dance. The word "serng" means dancing originated from the Northeast area of Thailand, while the word "Manora" refers to half-bird, half-woman creatures in Southeast Asian mythology. For centuries, Laos and Thailand shared the same culture, food, clothing, and language. Today, the Thai and Lao folkloric tradition incorporates a wide repertoire of folk dances ("fon phun muang"), some based on ancient animist rituals, some developed in celebration of the passing of the seasons and others adapted from courtly performance genres.