MAY 29 – JUNE 2

JUNE 3 & 4



Local Artist Descriptions

1,000 Petals Yoga

Integrates mindfulness, movement and social/emotional skills into work with youth.

Acrylic Tatts

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!

Afoutayi Haitian Dance, Music and Arts Company

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

Justin Alan

Amazing street magic. Come see Magic Justin wow your group with mind-blowing magic and clean comedy.

The Bazillions

Upbeat, interactive, kid-friendly rock-n-roll. Songs explore the daily life of a child, including educational-themed songs.

Black Storytellers Alliance

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.

Yolande Bruce

Flint Hills World Music Stage MC

CAAM Chinese Dance Theatre

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

Balloon Art

Circus Manduhai

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.

Cyril Paul and the Calypso Monarchs

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!

Dennis Warner & the D’s

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

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

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.

Tico Fuentes

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.

Funtime Funktions

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

Halau Hula ‘O Napunahelonapua

Dancers will perform two songs that will be sung by Kim Sueoka of Lau Hawaiian Collective.

House of Dance

 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

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.”

Journey Productions

Youth performers from the educational arts programs of Journey Productions, a non-profit performing arts training organization based in Minneapolis.

Kala Vandanam Dance Company

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

Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli

Traditional Aztec Mexica Dance and Drum Circle

Katha Dance Theatre and School

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.

Lau Hawaiian Collective

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

Leo Lara

Interactive demonstration of Latin American Folkloric instruments on Tuesday, May 31 in Rice Park.

Los Alegres Bailadores

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.

Maia Maiden

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

Marimba Africa

Up-beat African dance music called Soukous from Central Africa “DR Congo”.

Carol McCormick

We’re All One Family: Multicultural participatory stories and songs showing common threads weaving people together as a global family.

Giselle Mejia

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.

MU Daiko

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.

Leah Nelson

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.

Karla Nweje

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.

David and Heather Olson

Balloon twisting for all ages – animal creations, flowers and hats

Kristoffer Olson

Magic and sleight of hand

Orkestar Bez Ime

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.

Banglang Phommasouvanh

Folk tales from Cambodia

Rainbow Party Arts

Face painting in the Xcel Energy Family Plaza

Rene Thompson Dance Company

Cuban rueda presentation, couples dance presentation, and group class with audience participation.

Rince Na Chroi and Two Tap Trio

Traditional Irish dancing and music

Salsa del Soul

Latin Dance Music of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean


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

Tall Paul

Xcel Energy World Dance Stage MC

Tiyumba Drum & Dance

West African drum and dance led by Fatawu Sayibu

Two Tap Trio

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

Ka Vang is a storyteller, specializing in Southeast Asian myths and folktales.

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance

Interactive drum and dance from the African Diaspora.

Kevin Vollmers

Flint Hills World Music stage MC.

David Zander

Folktales, fairy tales and wisdom stories collected by Karen refugees from Burma.