Hockessin dance troupe representing Delaware in Presidential inauguration
January 18, 2013By Shana O'Malley for NewsWorks
Members of the Chinese American Community Center Folk Dance Troupe of Hockessin will represent Delaware during the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade.
The dance group was selected out of nearly 3,000 applicants from around the country and will travel to Washington D.C. on Sunday for the event scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21st.
“As we have come along with this, the excitement has just gotten more and more and more,” said Debbie French, director of the CACC Folk Dance Troupe.
The dance troupe is made up of 23 Chinese-American student dancers ranging in ages 8-16. They perform dance numbers representing Chinese culture, arts and heritage. During the inaugural parade, the group will perform two non-stop routines throughout the route.
“What we had to incorporate into this was our march routine as well as a dance routine," said French. “Even at the viewing stand where the Vice President and the President will be, there is no stopping, you have to keep moving. So we have two sets of music that we’ll just keep looping.”
The dancers will use props for the march and perform Dance of the Golden Snake as their dance routine.
This isn’t the group’s first out-of-state event. The distinguished dancers have preformed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institute, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2009 and the London New Year's Day Parade in 2012.