Sunday, April 22, 2007

Gladney Helps "Chinese Cultural Day" in Albany

Gongzhan & Gladney Make Magic at Albany’s Chinese Culture Day!

Thanks to the efforts of Gongzhan Wu from Gladney’s NYC office, we had some spectacular entertainers at our Families with Children from Asia group’s annual Chinese Culture Day, held on April 21st in Albany, NY. Mr. Wu arranged for three award-winning performers to travel to Albany from New York City, and they taught workshops and also performed.

Ms. Qian Ma taught three dance workshops – she was so patient with all of the children, and had even the three-year-old girls carefully holding their fingers “just so” and gracefully moving their arms like little birds! The magician, Ms. Yang, while speaking very little English, had everyone gasping and laughing with her amazing magic tricks! She taught two workshops during the day. And Mr. Alex Teang wowed everyone with his dynamic gongfu demonstrations and workshops. The older girls in our group were especially impressed – it certainly helped that he is very attractive! The three performers were escorted by Ms. Amy Wang, former TV news anchor of SinoVision.

In addition to teaching workshops, the performers put on a wonderful show to end our day’s events. Ms. Ma and Mr. Teang each performed two routines, and Ms. Yang did some neat magic tricks, complete with audience participation! We have heard so many compliments from families who said that this was the best culture day ever and how much they enjoyed the NYC performers.

Thank you, Gongzhan, for finding these treasures for us.

- Marion

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