Every semester, BYU-Idaho organizes a cultural night event to celebrate the variety of cultures at the university. The event is sponsored by Student Activities.

On June 3, students from different backgrounds partook in the showcase and shared pieces of their cultures through song and dance. The event took place in the John W. Hart Auditorium. It was packed with students who came to show their support and enjoy the show. Many of them wore traditional clothing from their respective cultures to express their support.

Africa showcased several performances. “Legwork,” a popular Nigerian dance, held the audience raptured as well as elements of Amapiano from South Africa and dances from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

An dance group from various African countries. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
An dance group from various African countries. Photo credit: Chester Chan.

India performed with energy and style. They combined Tollywood and Bollywood to give an engaging performance.

Indian dancers. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
Indian dancers. Photo credit: Chester Chan.

Mexico came along with its vibrant culture. Costumes adorned with colors and flair, faces decorated with smiles full of life and dances to keep attention rapt.

Peru presented two popular dances: “The Diablada” and “La Anaconda.” The costumes, lighting and dancing represented the message being portrayed. The audience echoed “oohs” and “aahs” and cheered often.

The Peruvian group. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
The Peruvian group. Photo credit: Chester Chan.

The United States had two performances: one from the AMELAT group, and a solo from hip hop dancer Jeremiah Richman — also known as Beast Mode Jay.

The AMELAT dance group. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
The AMELAT dance group. Photo credit: Chester Chan.

There were many more performances to keep everyone cheering. To attend the next Cultural Night or other events on campus, visit the BYU-I Ticket Office.

A solo performance. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
A solo performance. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
Photo credit: Chester Chan.
Photo credit: Chester Chan.
The audience at cultural night. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
The audience at cultural night. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
A solo singing performance. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
A solo singing performance. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
Katia Romero singing solo. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
Katia Romero singing solo. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
Photo credit: Chester Chan.
Photo credit: Chester Chan.

The AMELAT group will perform again at the Romance Theatre on June 9 at 7p.m. For tickets, visit their website.