MAY 29 – JUNE 2
JUNE 3 & 4
Local Artist Descriptions
Integrates mindfulness, movement and social/emotional skills into work with youth.
Original, colorful, fun designs and characters that are applied with opaque acrylic paint pens and are removable with warm water and soap. We are kid tested and parent approved. We’ve been a part of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival for 11 years and we love it!
Founded and directed by native Haitian artists with extensive experience in dance instruction, choreography, acting and storytelling, Afoutayi Haitian Dance, Music and Arts Company battles the misconceptions of Haitian culture through educational and expressive arts. Our mission is to inspire and educate youth of all ages to celebrate the mosaic of Haitian traditional culture through dance, percussion, song and storytelling.
Alma Folklorica Dance Ensemble
Folkloric dance from Mexico
Amazing street magic. Come see Magic Justin wow your group with mind-blowing magic and clean comedy.
Upbeat, interactive, kid-friendly rock-n-roll. Songs explore the daily life of a child, including educational-themed songs.
African-American storytelling, the oral tradition. Storytellers will be: Beverly Cottman, Danielle Daniel and Nothando Zulu
The Blue Lady
Jean Ockuly is a multi‐disciplinary artist, whose extensive travels and studies of lands, cultures and their rich folkloric traditions have given her inspirations to create a collection of work through her Blue Lady persona. Presented at the Ordway International Children’s Festival are songs and stories from The Blue Lady Spectacle. You will meet Blue Lady, her two Fishy friends, and her musical friends Eartha and the Elements, along with special guest Cuban dancer, Rene Thompson.
Flint Hills World Music Stage MC
Chinese Cultural Dances
Arti Chandak, Henna Artist
Henna is a folk art from India. Henna is a plant known for the reddish color of its extract. It can be applied on mostly hands and feet. Arti has been doing henna art for more than 20 years.
CHAT ASU Dancers
Youth hip-hop dance group from Center for Hmong Art and Talent
Chicks on Sticks
Chicks on Sticks will stilt in colorful costumes and interact with the crowd.
Chit Chat Clowns
Acrobatics and juggling with audience participation.
ComMUSICation builds relationships among St. Paul Promise Neighborhood residents by utilizing community partners through an intensive afterschool youth development choral program encouraging family involvement and community engagement.
A lively interval of toe-tapping dance tunes rendered by experienced professional musicians, who will fill your dreams with life in the islands of the Caribbean. Don’t miss it!
Incorporating music from his ten CD’s, Dennis Warner’s concerts are both fun and up-tempo. In 2015, Dennis released his critically acclaimed CD “Beep Beep”, which went on to be the August #1 top seller on CD Baby’s Independent Music Chart. “Beep Beep” was created after receiving a generous grant from the McKnight Foundation through the Central Minnesota Arts Board.
DJ Digie will provide music for a Dance Party in Rice Park during the School Week of the Festival, as well as emceeing the Flint Hills World Music Stage during the week. He will also have a Dance Party in the Ordway lobby space on Sunday, June 4th.
DJ Kool Akiem
DJ Kool Akiem will have a Dance Party in the Ordway lobby space on Saturday, June 3rd. Come and dance!
El Arco Iris Center for the Arts is a local Minnesota non-profit organization whose mission is to create a community that empowers and inspires children and families through traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music, art, dance and song.
Hailing from Puerto Rico, Tico is a master Bomba dancer who will demonstrate his Bomba Aerobics with drummers from El Arco Iris Center for the Arts.
Teaching toys from around the world. Fun for all ages! Mr. Fun will have a face painter with him in the Kids Zone on Saturday and Sunday!
Kasie Gonczy and Friends
Face painters in Rice Park
Dancers will perform two songs that will be sung by Kim Sueoka of Lau Hawaiian Collective.
House of Dance Twin Cities is dedicated to serving their community by creating a space that provides opportunities to cultivate creative expression, self-empowerment, and community development, while simultaneously inspiring people of all ages to be a force of positive change. Each performance at the Festival will include a live Hip Hop dance performance and an interactive portion where we’ll call up volunteers to learn short dance routines.
Flint HIils World Music Stage MC
IBé was born in Guinea, West Africa, grew up in Sierra Leone, Evanston, IL and St. Cloud, MN. Now he makes his home in the Twin Cities as a writer and spoken word artist.
Jack and Kitty are one of the most in-demand musical duos in North America. Specializing in “organic vaudeville folk”, this Emmy Award winning duo love to perform concerts nationwide. The Minneapolis Star Tribune hailed them as “one of the most entertaining groups in the midwest.”
Youth performers from the educational arts programs of Journey Productions, a non-profit performing arts training organization based in Minneapolis.
Suchitra Sairam founded Kala Vandanam in 2002, with the vision of sharing the beauty and depth of Bharatanatyam, the oldest and most widely performed classical tradition in India, through education, outreach and performance
Traditional Aztec Mexica Dance and Drum Circle
The dancers from Katha Dance Theatre will perform a collection of Kathak dances from Northern India – dances from Indian festivals and dances from nature, along with pure rhythmic dances.
A joyful plunge into the sweet, poignant, rollicking music of Hawai’i with singing, hula ‘ili’ili, ‘ukuleles, guitar, lap steel and bass. The quintet of Lau Hawaiian Collective will perform on the Flint Hills World Music Stage, along with Halau Hula ‘O Napunaheleonapua. Come sing along, move along and celebrate aloha in our world!Kim Sueoka – Artistic Director, Vocals, ‘Ukulele, Hula ‘ili’ili
Interactive demonstration of Latin American Folkloric instruments on Tuesday, May 31 in Rice Park.
Los Alegres Bailadores is a Mexican folkloric dance group that has been delivering colorful and truly authentic performances throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota for more than 30 years. This rich heritage shines through the lively repertoire of dances performed by Los Alegres Bailadores, honoring the beautiful arts and traditions of Mexico.
MC for Xcel Energy World Dance Stage during School Week
Mariachi Flor y Canto
Mariachi Flor y Canto plays the music of Mexico through the heart of the rancheros, sones, and boleros. This music is one of the great prides of Mexico
Up-beat African dance music called Soukous from Central Africa “DR Congo”.
We’re All One Family: Multicultural participatory stories and songs showing common threads weaving people together as a global family.
Giselle Mejia began learning traditional dances of Latin America from her father, the Puerto Rican “Salsa King”, by standing on his toes when she was 3 years old. Come learn the social dances of Latin America. From salsa to merengue, bachata to cumbia, your students will be immersed in the world of Latin American dancing and music!
M3C Dance Troupe
Youth dance group from Minnesota Cambodian Communities Council
Minnesota Scottish Celtic Dance Association
The Minnesota Scottish Celtic Dance Association has been supporting Scottish Highland dance in Minnesota for nearly 50 years. As ambassadors of Highland dance, the MSCDA has performed all over the state of Minnesota – dancing at the state capital to celebrate Tartan Day, at music festivals and even at county fairs.
Founded in 1997, Mu Daiko performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works, ranging from traditional taiko repertoire to original pieces composed by its members. The group regularly premieres new work at its annual performances, continuing to stretch the boundaries of the art form and contributing to the innovation of American taiko.
Choreographer, dancer and educator in the Twin Cities. Leah will lead hip hop dance parties with the help of DJ Digie.
Nritya Kalakshetra Academy of Performing Arts
For more than 18 years, Nritya Kalakshetra’s students have been involved in a variety of dance performances ranging from Kalakshetra Style Bharathanatyam as well as Contemporary and folk dances. Their classes also focus on Theory of Dance and Theatre Performance and also the other forms of classical dance from India.
Xcel Energy World Dance Stage MC on the weekend, and step dance interactive performance during the School Week. Karla is a choreographer, dancer, literary artist, and arts educator in the Twin Cities.
Balloon twisting for all ages – animal creations, flowers and hats
Magic and sleight of hand
Meaning “orchestra without a name” in Bulgarian, was formed in 2002 to recreate the sounds of the village with a presentation as festive as the music itself. Focusing on Eastern Europe and music of the Rom (Gypsy) people, OBI’s repertoire reaches from Albania to Ukraine, with plenty of stops in between. Orkestar Bez Ime is a winner of the 20011-12 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and a recipient of a 2012 Minnesota Emerging Composers Award from the American Composers Forum.
Folk tales from Cambodia
Face painting in the Xcel Energy Family Plaza
Cuban rueda presentation, couples dance presentation, and group class with audience participation.
Traditional Irish dancing and music
Salsa del Soul
Latin Dance Music of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean
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Xcel Energy World Dance Stage MC
SHAPESHIFT Dance is a fresh hip-hop/contemporary dance company that creatively fuses hip-hop and contemporary dance styles to create high-quality theatrical dance performances and productions. The company’s diverse collective of 12 talented dancers possess a broad range of dance styles including hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, African, and ballet. Since the company’s founding in 2013, all of their performances have been well received by sold-out audiences.
Siama’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Join musician Siama Matuzungidi and friends for a music jam in the Story Time Corner! Kids can try different instruments and play along.
Deanna Standing Cloud
Xcel Energy World Dance Stage MC
Step With Soul
Led by Sean Burns, Step With Soul empowers youth through the art of stepping
Xcel Energy World Dance Stage MC
West African drum and dance led by Fatawu Sayibu
The Two Tap Trio will touch your heart and then get you up dancing! High energy traditional Irish music – jigs, reels, polkas and songs – with a trio of outstanding musicians including Live Ireland’s “Best Vocalist of the Year” Norah Rendell, internationally acclaimed guitarist Brian Miller and AJ Srubas on the fiddle.
Ka Vang is a storyteller, specializing in Southeast Asian myths and folktales.
Interactive drum and dance from the African Diaspora.
Flint Hills World Music stage MC.
Folktales, fairy tales and wisdom stories collected by Karen refugees from Burma.