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Octavitas meets Chinese New Year 2011

On Sunday, January 23, 2011, Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance shared the joy and liveliness of our "Octavitas" holiday tradition with the Chinese community in an amazing cultural exchange that brought The Love of China dancers, a Tai Chi display from the Xiang Yun Temple, and the Dragon team to share Chinese New Year with our community for the first time!

YNN-News (News 8) surprised us with TV cameras as our VERY large, standing-room only crowd -- including distant neighbors from Dallas, Killeen, San Antonio, and Oklahoma -- helped Puerto Ricans in Austin close the longest holiday season on the planet. Many brought instruments to play and sing along to joyful Puerto Rican holiday music and dances by the PRFDance Performing Company and Youth Students, in this fun family event sponsored by Fiesta Mart.

On Sunday, February 6th, PRFDance returned the cultural exchange started on Octavitas with a performance at the Xiang Yun Temple in celebration of the Chinese New Year. This fun, free outdoor event included food and art exhibitions and performances by PRFDance, Austin traditional music, Chinese yo-yo, kung fu display, a magic show, Indian dance, and everyone's favorite, the dragon/lion dance. For most all of us at PRFDance this cultural exchange was an exciting, first time experience in a Chinese Temple! In return, we were able to share our culture with the Chinese community and demonstrate PRFDance's committment to preserving our culture and hand down our beautiful heritage to the new generation! Enjoy these special photo memories, as well as additional pictures from Octavitas and Chinese New Year!

Full House - Octavitas at PRFDance Cultural Center!

Thank you to our sponsors, Fiesta Mart & Pepe!

Chinese New Year at the Temple!

See Photo Album for other past performances and events!

For more information:
Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Cultural Center Address: 701 Tillery Street #13, Austin TX 78702-3738 (Map & Directions)
Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728-4555
Phone: +1.512.251.8122      Email: dance@prfdance.org          Web: www.prfdance.org     
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