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Dancing Around the World

Saturday night’s performance at Tsai showcases multinational influences


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Click on the video above for a preview of Saturday night’s traditional and modern dance performances in ISA: The World Is One.

Boston University has one of the most diverse student bodies in the country, and Saturday night the University’s longest running multicultural showcase is celebrating that diversity.

In Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, the word “isa” means “one.” Hosted by the Boston University Filipino Student Association (BUFSA), ISA: The World Is One, which aims to bring together the BU community to enjoy the variety of cultures represented on campus, will include music, skits, and dance performances, from traditional Filipino dances — such as Tinikling and Singkil — to Irish step dancing and modern hip-hop. BU groups performing include BU Giddha, Step About Boston, the Japanese Student Association, Fusion, and Vibes. There will be special appearances by MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, the Boogie Bots, singer Liz Lohnes, and emerging Filipino hip-hop artist Hydroponikz.

Michelle Ortega (COM’09), BUFSA president, says all 24 traditional and modern dance performances were choreographed by students. “We perform so students can get back to their roots and learn about their culture,” she says, “as well as share their culture with the rest of the community.”

BUFSA will donate a portion of the show’s proceeds to the Filipino nonprofit organization Gawad Kalinga, which means “to give care.” Gawad Kalinga’s goal is to build 700,000 homes in 7,000 Filipino villages in 7 years.

ISA: The World Is One takes place on Saturday, April 18, at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., and performances start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 at the GSU Link from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week or at the door for $10. Contact bufsa@bu.edu with questions.

Robin Berghaus can be reached at berghaus@bu.edu.


9 Comments on Dancing Around the World

  • bufsa devotee on 04.16.2009 at 9:11 am


  • Anonymous on 04.16.2009 at 10:46 am

    wooo!!! FSA!

  • Anonymous on 04.16.2009 at 1:22 pm

    We love you Mo!

  • Anonymous on 04.16.2009 at 1:35 pm


  • Michelle Ortega on 04.16.2009 at 2:07 pm

    BUFSA on BU Today!

    Wow, so honored to have been a part of this all and on BU Today. Thanks to everyone – especially Robin who made this production possible. Come check us out at the GSU Link all day today and Friday. We’re selling tickets for only $8 and dinner is included with the show! Authentic Filipino cuisine will be served – this is an event not to be missed!

  • Anonymous on 04.16.2009 at 3:59 pm

    Vibes loves BUFSA

    YEAH MOMO we’re so proud of youuu and your work with FSA

  • Anonymous on 04.16.2009 at 4:07 pm


  • NUBU on 04.16.2009 at 8:36 pm

    NUBU loooooovvvvveeeee! work it FSA!!

  • Beryllium on 04.18.2009 at 1:29 am

    NOICE. evidently, i’m deprived.

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