On the evening of Wednesday, May 23, EARTH University hosted the World Folkdance Festival: Heritage Partner Dances in the Emory L. Cocke Auditorium on the Guácimo campus. The weeklong festival took place in San José and other communities as well as EARTH. The presentation featured partner dances from Peru, Argentina, Panama, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica. Dance styles reflected each country’s unique traditions and ranged from playful and light-hearted to elegant and dramatic; themes included courtship, humanity’s relationship to nature, and the struggle to create a free society. Colorful costumes and lively music added to the show’s dynamism.
The event served as an important opportunity for multicultural enrichment, essential to the University’s aim of fostering students’ holistic development. Attendees included not only EARTH students but also EARTH employees, their families, and young people from schools in the surrounding communities.
EARTH co-organized the event with the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF, a non-governmental organization of UNESCO) and DanzPare (DanceCouples), a partner organization of CIOFF.