PERPICH CENTER FORGES CHINESE CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
The Luoyang students and their teachers got a chance to see democracy in action when they visited the Minnesota State Capitol in St Paul.
Accompanied by Perpich Center leaders and board members, the students toured the historic Capitol building and met state leaders. They are posed here in ornate the Governor's Reception Room with Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, in navy blue in front of the Minnesota flag.
The Chinese delegation was recognized on the floor of the Minnesota State House of Representatives. Seated in the gallery, the students were introduced by Golden Valley State Representative Ryan Winkler.
Perpich Center executive director Sue Mackert greets the two leaders from Luoyang, Song Fu-you and Dong Liang-gang.
The Luoyang students participated in dance instruction under the guidance of teacher Mary Harding.
After two short weeks, the Chinese students joined the Arts High dance company to perform at "10 X 34," the winter show named after 34 dancers performing ten dance pieces.
One of the Chinese visitors arrived at the Arts High School with a substantial background in dance. Ai Dan-n-ya, (American name: Poppy) performed the traditional Chinese Peacock Dance, to the delight of the audience. This dance is performed at Chinese festivals and symbolizes happiness and auspiciousness.
The Chinese visitors toured a number of cultural and educational landmarks in the Twin Cities and across the street. Here, they visit Rochester, accompanied by executive director Sue Mackert and Perpich Center Board of Directors Chair Bari Amadio.