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Dance performances to highlight culture fest

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Dances performed during the "Clayton County Cultural Celebration" last year include this Indian dance. The event, taking place on Saturday at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, will benefit local non-profit organizations.

Special Photo Dances performed during the "Clayton County Cultural Celebration" last year include this Indian dance. The event, taking place on Saturday at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, will benefit local non-profit organizations.

By M.J. Subiria Arauz

marauz@news-daily.com

Countries such as China, Korea, India and Brazil will be represented through dance performances that celebrate the diversity of culture, during a local annual event.

Rev. Mike Glanton said he will present the fifth annual "Clayton County Cultural Celebration 2011!," Saturday, from 7 p.m., to 10 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The event's theme is "Clayton County; Above Color; Beyond Politics; A Community United," said the former state representative.

"I am hoping that people will walk away from the show feeling like they've just been on an international trip," he said. "I hope that our young people walk away from not only a cultural exchange, but an educational value as well."

Other cultures represented at the three-hour event will include African, African American, European, Filipino, Tahitian and Hawaiian cultures, said Glanton.

The talent includes: Eve Hao-Chinese Dance, Luika Ame Hoaloha-Hawaiian Dance, Khomar Bollywood-India, MbondAfrika, Loving Heart Korean Dance, and Corda De Ouro-Brazil Capoiera. Additional acts include singer David Militello, of the show "America's Got Talent," and a dance group from Lovejoy High School. Fatouma Souma, the reigning Miss Africa USA, will also make a special appearance, Glanton added.

Tickets to the event are $10 per person, and can be purchased from non-profit organizations, including the House of Dawn, Inc., the Alzheimer's Services Support Center, Courtney S. Crooms Foundation, Inc., Clayton County GrassRoots Leadership Institute and the Clayton County 4-H program, he said. Limited complimentary tickets will be provided to non-profit organizations that offer services to children and seniors, he noted.

Glanton said each non-profit organization was given about 50 tickets to sell, and 100 percent of the money made from the sales will go towards their cause.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center on the day of the show, said Glanton. Doors open for the public at 6 p.m., he said.

For additional information about tickets, contact Cheryl White, of Clayton County GrassRoots Leadership Institute, at (678) 334-5855.

The concessions booth will be operated by the Elite Scholars Academy Charter School, and will be used as a fund-raiser for its field trip to Puerto Rico for the ninth-grade class, said Glanton.

The former state representative said he created the event to bring the Clayton County community together so that people can appreciate the difference and diversity of others, and to use as a "vehicle" to raise funds for local non-profit organizations.

"This is a family event," said Glanton. "The whole family is welcome to attend."