May is national Asian Heritage Month! Lan Su celebrates with exciting performances each weekend in May from local dance troupes and cultural organizations. Performances take place every Saturday and Sunday in May on the terrace at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Full Performance Schedule:
The Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon teaches & performs classical and folk dances that originate from the beautiful kingdom of Cambodia. All ages are welcome!
The Chinese Friendship Association of Portland is a non-profit and community-based organization dedicated to serving the interests and needs of the large Chinese community in the Portland metro area to enrich their personal and professional lives.
Located in Vancouver, WA, Eternal Arts Kung Fu is a traditional martial art studio teaching Mizong Luohan Northern Shaolin and Fu Ba Gua. Mizong Luohan is an external style of Kung Fu, with distinct internal influences. It draws on many aspects of the external Northern Shaolin Long Fist style, and the internal styles T’ai Chi Ch’uan , Pa Kua Chang and Hsing I Ch’uan, which are often taught together in modern times. It is characterized by deceptive hand movements, intricate footwork, varied kicks, and high leaps. In execution, the style changes very quickly. Sifu Eric M Emert is a certified black belt instructor with Lee’s White Leopard Kung Fu & Tai Chi Association. Sifu Eric was a personal student of Grandmaster Johnny Kwong Ming Lee studying Mizong Lohan, Fu BaGua, and Wu TaiChi for 18 years. He was also a World Organization of Wushu Kung Fu Masters – 4th Degree Instructor and 2009 ICMAC World Champion – Traditional Northern Forms 35+
The purpose of the Filipino American Friendship Club of Oregon is to render civic services for the promotion of the welfare of the community and its citizens by means of active participation in projects to improve the community, state and nation, and further to provide opportunities for the young persons in this community. Furthermore, to preserve Philippine tradition, customs and heritage.
Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO) is comprised of members of the Indonesian community, and other interested people, who come together to celebrate the Indonesian culture through performing arts. Their amazing movements combined with their brilliantly-colored elaborate costumes have entertained Oregonians in locations such as the Oregon Coast to the capitol city of Salem, as well as their surrounding communities.
We are Ka Lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani (The cherished ones of the yellow rose); a hula halau (hula school) located in Aloha/Beaverton Oregon. Our purpose is to perpetuate and educate the community of the Hawaiian culture through song, dance, and language. 2015 we will be celebrating our 6 year anniversary together and we are so proud of what we've accomplished thus far! Ka LeiHali'a O Ka Lokelani is an affiliate of 'O.H.A.N.A. Foundation; non-profit organization encouraging and promoting education in Oregon and Hawai'i, and is an active member in the pursuit of continuing the mission of this organization. Every year Ka Lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani partners with 'O.H.A.N.A. Foundation for their annual hula exhibition, Mahalo lu'au, Malama ka 'Ohana, Health Fair and much more. Proceeds from these event help fund numerous educational scholarships and cultural workshops.
The Kalabharathi School of Dance is committed to promote and present Bharathanatyam, an ancient South Indian dance form, through instructional classes and professional performances. The school has a multicultural approach to their presentations, so that audiences of all backgrounds may experience and enjoy this rich classical dance form.
Northwest Chinese Dance Troupe was founded in January 2017.All members received ballet training from Oregon International Ballet Academy. They focus on Chinese traditional dances and modern ballet. The Troupe also features a very experienced singer. Since its inception, they have been very active in the community activities. By the summer 2018, they will also represent Oregon Chinese Coalition to reach out to other communities as its cultural ambassador.
One with Heart is a martial arts school dedicated to improving people’s lives through teaching martial arts and self-defense. Janesa Kruse is a passionate, creative martial artist who started this school in 1981. Through martial arts, students learn perseverance, practice, patience, and purity. Pukulan Kuntao Silat is a beautifully expressive and effective Indonesian art. The sets and forms build internal energy, or “Ilmu”, to be used for healing and fighting. When you watch Pukulan practioners, you will feel the beauty and strength of this living art shaping and re-shaping through the four animal forms of monkey, tiger, crane, and snake. Shaolin Kung Fu came from the martial art form developed by monks of the Shaolin Buddhist Temple in the Hunan province of Northern China. The geography of the North influenced the “long fist styles” with their fully extended striking, long, deep stances, and dynamic kicking techniques. Escrima is one of a family of Filipino fighting styles emphasizing stick and knife-fighting techniques.
Paradise of Samoa Dance Troupe is the vision of Tasi Tuaopepe Keener, a Samoan dancer born and raised in the Independent State of Samoa. Ms. Keener moved to Oregon in 1999 and became active with the small Samoan community in and around Salem, Oregon. She saw that most of the Samoan Community, especially the young people, were having difficulty in learning and maintaining aspects of the unique culture of Samoa, particularly around arts and language. Many of the kids had never been to Samoa and were unfamiliar with the culture and dance from their native islands. With her training in the Samoan arts and dance, Tasi began working with the Samoan Club of the Willamette Valley as the choreographer of Samoan dance and entertainment and developed several community events and activities to illustrate the Samoan Culture. Because of this, participants quickly began growing in number, and Tasi developed many new routines, dances, and original music and she organized a studio in her home. Tasi’s family has been an instrumental part of the shows and four daughters and one son have performed and train with her. Over the years, many non-Pacific Islanders have participated and performed, as participation is open to all young people with willingness and commitment to learn. All costuming is original and handmade.
Takohachi was founded as a non-profit organization in 2007 and performing hundreds of shows since. Takohachi's repertoires are not only limited to Japanese Taiko Drums, but also using dancing, singing, Bamboo flutes, Tsugaru Shamisen and more! Team Japonesque is a Portland-based dance group established in October of 2017. “Japonesque” means the images of Japan. We introduce Japanese culture through a mixture of traditional and modern dance movement, music, and costumes - such as Japanese kimono dress. We choreograph original dances as well as design and make some of our costumes ourselves to create one-of-a-kind Japanese-style dance shows.
The Thai Association of Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration of Thai Culture through education,public service and cultural performances. Since its inception in 1996, the organization has been best known for its signature performances of Thai classical dance at various charity events, retirement centers and festivals.
Portland’s newest professional taiko company, UNIT SOUZOU (pronounced “sohzoh”) is at the forefront of a growing artistic movement within the world-wide taiko community. With over 20 years of professional experience, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, co-directors of UNIT SOUZOU are relentless innovators known for their fusion of taiko and Japanese folk dance. 'Souzou' can be written in three ways meaning 'creation', 'imagination', or 'noisy’ alluding to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world. Inspired by these words UNIT SOUZOU focuses on building creative and imaginative works for the art form of taiko. In addition to creating groundbreaking theatrical works, UNIT SOUZOU is deeply committed to share taiko through teaching in schools, collaborating with the local community, and offering public classes.
The Vancouver Jasmine Dance Troupe, a Vancouver Washington State based dancing group, was founded ten years ago and has now become a locally popular ambassador promoting the depth and richness of Chinese culture. Their performances represent mainly Chinese dancing styles mixed with western ballet flair, and cover a wide variety of Chinese ethnic groups from Han nationality, Mongolian, Uygur, Tibetan, etc. they have been very active in participating various community and cultural events in the states of Washington and Oregon, such as Chinese Spring Festivals, Rose Garden Parades, Autumn moon Festival, etc. The members are all full-time professionals in their own right and busy mothers as well; yet, such duties have not constrained them from their passion of dancing to exercise for better physical health and perform for more joy and fun in life. They will continue to create new dances, perform more, and contribute to the local societies in the years to come.
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