“Dances of India” Returns to CPCC on April 26

Dance of India

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Dances of India” is excited to return this year to CPCC’s Halton Theater stage on Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m.. For 12 years, Dr. Maha Gingrich has created a performance that has celebrated the history and culture of India through dance, bringing 3,000-year-old art forms to today’s audiences.

This year’s performance will explore the world of martial arts and how India’s many classical dances, such as Kuchipudi, Bharatha Natyam and Kathak, have influenced the practices we know today such as Yoga, Kung Fu, Kali and others. Audiences will delight in watching as the dances show the many similarities between Indian dance styles and other international dances, especially during the show’s signature dance, “Unity in Diversity,” set to live orchestral music. Audiences won’t want to miss this special event which strives to connect Indian dances to the world through a series of striking dance dramas that feature unique props, silk costumes and a compelling narrative.

  • Date/time: Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m.
  • Location: CPCC Halton Theater (1206 Elizabeth Ave.)
  • Ticket prices: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 18
  • Purchase tickets: tix.cpcc.edu
Under Gingrich’s direction, Dances of India has received a number of accolades, including being named one of the top nine memorable events among the nation’s community colleges by Community College Week. Gingrich, who danced professionally in her native India, has been teaching dance in Charlotte since 1986. Trained in three different dance traditions, she has a great love for this dance form and keeping the heritage alive in this community while sharing the message of unity in diversity with residents at the regional level and beyond.
Dances of India 2014 at CPCC

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A Focus on Diversity at CPCC: India

Did you know CPCC has students from all over the world?  In celebration of this, the Diversity Committee will highlight the top 10 countries that represent our international students.INdia


India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people.

The Indian flag has three horizontal bands of color: saffron for courage and sacrifice, white for truth and peace, and green for faith, fertility, and chivalry. An emblem of a wheel spinning used to be in the center of the white band, but when India gained independence, a Buddhist dharma chakra, or wheel of life, replaced the spinning wheel.

Did you know?

  • Indians made significant contributions to calculus, trigonometry, and algebra. The decimal system was invented in India in 100 B.C. The concept of zero as a number is also attributed to India.
  • In schools, teachers are called gurus and are viewed as the source of all knowledge.
  • Cricket is India’s most popular sport.
  • Rivers have played a vital role in India’s popular culture and folklore—they have been worshipped as goddesses because they bring water to an otherwise dry land. Bathing in the Ganges in particular is thought to take away a person’s sins.
  • A lot of Indian food is eaten with the fingers.
  • The left hand is considered to be unclean in India as it’s used to perform matters associated with going to the bathroom. Therefore, you should avoid your left hand coming into contact with food or any objects that you pass to people.

Dances of India

CPCC’s very own Dr. Maha Gingrich will present the 11th annual “Dances of India” this spring. More than 30 dancers will perform a series of 3,000 year old traditional Indian temple dances that tell the story of ancient India through movement and music. Performers will showcase the dances in colorful silk costumes with materials and scarfs from various regions of India. Come out and see the differences between traditional Indian dances, the Russian Gypsy, Flamenco, Chinese Long fan dance, Chile’s national dance and Peruvian scarf dances. This event will keep the history and heritage of this art form alive in the community and share the message of unity and diversity among Charlotte’s international community.

In 2011 this event was named one of the top nine memorable events among the nation’s community colleges by Community College Week. “Dances of India” is an experience both you and your family will not want to miss!

Sneak Peak!
Watch this online video for a sneak peak!

Get your tickets TODAY!
Tickets are $5 for school-age children and $10 for adults, and can be purchased online at tix.cpcc.edu or by calling the SunTrust Box Office at 704.330.6534. Free event parking is available. Click here to purchase tickets.

Event Details:

  • DATE: Saturday, April 28; 4 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Halton Theater, CPCC Central Campus.
  • Indian snacks will be available for purchase during intermission.



Written by Angela Perry
Communications and Journalism Co-op Student, CPCC