Preparations began in November

    Area students have been preparing since November for the opportunity to perform with the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater dancers as part of the Lantern New Year Celebration at the University of Minnesota Crookston.    

    The activities begin at 2 p.m. Saturday with workshops in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, followed by dinner in Brown Dining Room at 5 p.m., and conclude with a dance performance at 6:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.    

    Tickets include all activities are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased by calling Rae French at 281-8339 and also will be available at the door on the day of the event.     

    The workshops are available for all ages and include a Paper Cutting and Lantern Making Workshop from 2-3 p.m.; a History of the New Year Workshop follows from 3-4 p.m.; and, a Chinese Language and Writing Workshop will run from 4-5 p.m. Dinner in Brown Dining Room and the dance performance will follow.   

    To commemorate the close of the New Year celebration, children from the Crookston, Fisher, Thief River Falls, Moorhead, and Lengby areas will join students from the U of M Crookston and CAAM Chinese Dance Theater for several dances.   

    Sponsors include the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Program; CAAM; CDT; International Programs Office; Confucius Institute; Concerts and Lectures Committee; Diversity Programs; Admissions, Sodexo Dining Services;, and, the Coke Community Initiative fund.