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Cultures from around the world will be showcased in the International Dance Competition on Wednesday, March 13.

The competition will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. It’s sponsored by UT’s International House and the Cultural Attractions Committee, and it is free and open to the public.

The competition is open to any UT student, faculty member, or staff member. Participating groups represent different countries through the style of dance they perform. At least half the group members must come from the country the group represents.

Last year’s competition featured ten groups from countries including China, Japan, Nepal, and Turkey.

Each group’s dance must be no more than five minutes long. After all the groups have performed, judging begins. The first place groups in each category receive a trophy and their names are engraved on a plaque at the International House.

The event will also feature opening and closing performances by UT’s BOSS Dance Company.

Groups performing this year include

  • Desi Tadka, performing traditional Indian dance
  • Ethiopian/Eritrean Student Association, performing traditional Ethiopian/Eritrean dance
  • Hungarian Folk Dance Group, performing traditional Hungarian dance
  • Knoxville Breakers, performing contemporary American breakdancing
  • Knoxville Irish Step Dancers, performing traditional Irish step dance
  • Spirit of the Orient, performing traditional Chinese dance
  • UTK Voltage, performing contemporary Indian dance
  • The Wazobia Dance Team, performing traditional African dance

For more information, visit the International House website.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,

Holly Gary (865-974-2225,