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BYU International Folk Dancers performing in eastern Idaho


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The following is a news release from Brigham Young University.

IDAHO FALLS — Brigham Young University’s International Folk Dance Ensemble is coming to Idaho Falls on Saturday, Feb. 9. They will perform at the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m.

Through folk dance and music from around the world, the International Folk Dance Ensemble fills the stage with colors, rhythm and history. The 90-minute show, “Journey,” is a voyage of dance and music through the heartbeat of some of the world’s cultures.

In this show, students perform dances ranging from Irish hard shoes, American clogging, Ukrainian Hopak, exotic Indian dances and much more. It is a kaleidoscope of furious footwork, pulsing rhythms, live music and authentic costumes radiating the magic from across the globe.

Working behind the scenes of International Folk Dance Ensemble’s dazzling showcase is artistic director Jeanette Geslison. A native of Odense, Denmark, she attended Brigham Young University and performed with the ensemble from 1987 to 1991, and again from 1993 to 1994. Geslison’s goal for International Folk Dance Ensemble is that they continue to thrill audiences across the world with their youthful enthusiasm and talent as they portray cultural folk dance and music.

“We play an important role in shaping and defining the future of traditional dance by giving voice to the past and present,” Geslison said. “The students love to be a part of this group and they give their all to make it the best experience possible.”

Tickets cost $15 to $30 and can be obtained from the Idaho Falls Arts Council at their website here. Tickets at the door will cost $5 more.

Proceeds from the concert will be used by the Idaho Falls Chapter of the BYU Alumni Association to provide replenishment grants to local students at BYU. Major sponsors of the concert are Briggs Roofing and Get Found First. Additional sponsors include Ammon Veterinary Hospital, Idaho Heart Institute and Mountain America Credit Union.