PSESD’s very own Izchel Chacon of the Expanded Learning Department and Jeannette Belaski of the Human Resources & Organizational Development Department are a part of Te Fare O Tamatoa Tahitian Dance and Drumming School. Come show your support on the evening of May 6th at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien (Highline High School) as they perform with the students of Te Fare O Tamatoa and Te’a Rama in their annual Showcase.

For tickets and questions please contact Izchel ichacon@psesd.org, Jeannette jbelaski@psesd.org or purchase online at https://tfot.ticketleap.com/showcase2017/

Izchel Chacon shared, “I am extremely excited to be part of an amazing organization that has welcomed me with open arms, and to learn about and explore such a beautiful culture. As a Mexican-American, I take a lot of pride in my culture and traditions, but I also embrace and have a desire to learn about other cultures. Te Fare O Tamatoa has given me the opportunity to learn about music and dance from Tahiti, and has opened my eyes to a beautiful form of story-telling through music and movement. This will be my 3rd showcase and I am looking forward to seeing you all on May 6th!”

Jeannette Belaski added, “I am thrilled to be able to dance in this year’s annual Te Fare O Tamatoa’s Showcase with Te’a Rama.  Polynesian dance is my sanctuary and I love that I am able to share this with my family. Every weekend my husband and I pack up our 3 and 1 year old to spend time with our Te Fare family.  My husband drums, I dance, the kids play with fellow Te’a Rama little ones and we all learn Tahitian Culture.  I am filled with so much joy when I hear my son singing the songs we learn and when my daughter makes drumming noises with her tongue, knowing that we are passing down these traditions to the next generation just fills my heart.  I can’t wait to share what we have learned hope to see you folks on May 6!”

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