Guam – Guam National Folkdance Director, Vince Reyes was just chosen to create an international finale performance for the Festival Martigue in France. Each year, festival organizers select one country/director to teach a culminating routine in which all participants from around the world would perform.
Reyes is tasked to choreograph a Chamorro Dance routine for over 500 dancers from around the world in one spectacle performance to an audience of over 2000 spectators. “I am truly overwhelmed and honored with this responsibility.”
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“We had one rehearsal so far and one more on Monday. I am confident that with the help of everyone, we’ll be able to not only put out a great performance together but also be able to share our amazing culture to the world”.
Another highlight of the tour was during a unique and inspiring collaboration with Ballet Foklorico De La Universidad De Guanajuato of Mexico, Both groups were tasked to combine their dances into one spectacle performance. Isa Gagarin 17 from Malojloj and a senior from Southern High School says, “ The experience was so amazing! It’s a blessing to have shared the stage with such extraordinary group of dancers from countries all over the world.”
Abigail Tamayo 17 from Talofofo, also a senior from Southern High School says, “Throughout the years I’ve been dancing, I would have never imagined myself on such a world class stage with amazingly talented people”.
Festival Martigue is considered to be one of the most prestigious Folklore Festivals in Europe. “I believe that Guam’s participation in this festival has brought notable acclaim to the island. While the group returns from their 5 week tour of Europe, Reyes continues on to Istanbul where he will once again, serve as a judge in the Buyukcekmece Culture and Art Festival and Folkdance Competition
Reyes, is also the Director of Inetnon Gefpa’go and teacher at Southern High School.