Taste of Durham Festival
the musicInteractive international dance & performance

Dance around the World. Various types of dancers will entertain you with their art forms and styles while giving demonstrations. If you're adventurous, join in the dance! Experience the art of dance: the connection, the grace, the romance, and just plain fun.


2009 Festival

12:20Salsa 4 U

The Magic of Salsa/Mambo Dancing is truly an incredible experience! Anita Walden and Matthew Walden of Salsa 4u are Salsa/Mambo Dance coaches/instructors and event facilitators of the longest-running salsa/mambo dance social in the Carolinas with all levels of dancers from all over the state and surrounding states. They enjoy sharing from their experience of dancing, welcoming all to sample a taste of Salsa!

1:00Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance

Irish step dancing and musical talents of the students from the Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance

1:40Mambo Dinamico Dance Company/Cobo Brothers

2:05Jack Wolf: Cajan & Creole Fun
Jack Wolf

Learn cajan and Zadeco dance with Jack Wolf and savor Lousiana traditions with beads, masks, fun and the music. Jack Wolf and his wife Sandra Smith Wolf have been producing dances and teaching dance in the Raleigh/Durham NC area for five years. Cajun/Zydeco Dance: Jack and his wife Sandra have been teaching Cajun dance and Zydeco dance in North Carolina for about five years. They have taught a number of series of lessons at Triangle Dance Studio and the Blue Bayou Club, as well as taught pre-show lessons for various shows and festivals.

2:30Hannan Sultan Bellydance

Hannan Sultan's bellydance troupe, Zouhour Al Sultan, is composed of local advanced and professional bellydancers. Choreographer Hannan Sultan 's credentials include founding and creating Canada 's largest belly dance studio; Hannan's Bellydance Studio and winning the Bellydancer USA competition in 2003. Dancers performing at Taste of Durham are Hannan Sultan, Milagros, Deirdre Hilal, Christina, and Ayperi. For information on local classes and performances, visit www.HannanSultan.com

3:20 Flamenco Carolina
Flamico Carolina

Flamenco Carolina is a dance group based in Durham, NC. Ddedicated to teaching and performing the art of flamenco dance. Dancers for Flamenco Carolina come from all different backgrounds and professions, but we share flamenco as a passion. Company members have studied all over the world under various maestros including: Carlota Santana and Maria Benitez in the US and Los Farrucos and Angelita Vargas in Seville, Spain. We teach all ages, organize workshops in Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Greensboro and perform throughout the State. If your organization, school, or private party would like to schedule a performance, workshop, or private lesson, please contact us for details at FlamencoCarolina@gmail.com.

4:00Singing for Everyone
Dave's Sing Along for Everyone

Easy songs and vocal play to bring a smile and move your body --- a fun, and relaxed setting for even the vocally shy

4:50NC Triangle Steppers Chicago Style Steppin Demonstration

A stylish and graceful dance originated in Chicago , done in time with R and B music. The dance is done on the dominate beat of music, and in sync with your partner. Chicago Steppin inclludes a lead and follow position, and in order for the dance to be executed, there must be a physical interaction between partners. Numerous turns, and foot patterns are also included within this dance.

5:10International Dance Connection/Polynesia
Polynesia Dance

Polynesia presents authentic dances from the Polynesian Islands, including Cook Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii, both ancient and contemporary, New Zealand, the Easter Islands, and Samoa. They include fire dance and dance props such as uli-ulli's , puili sticks, lava stones, the ipu, coconuts, and rhythm sticks.