Guma Imahe Traditional CHamoru Dance Group Arrives on Guam From Washington For FESTPAC

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This is the first FESTPAC they have participated in and for many members who were born and raised in the U.S. Mainland this is also their first time on Guam. 

Guam – A traditional CHamoru dance group all the way from Tacoma Washington arrived on Guam for FESTPAC Friday.

 

 

The group is named Guma Imahe and 30 of their dancers have made their way to Guam. Instructor Joel Larimer says the group was established in 2012 in a small garage with just 24 dancers. The group has since grown to 77 dancers ranging in ages from five years old to 60 years old. This is the first FESTPAC they have participated in and for many members who were born and raised in the U.S. Mainland this is also their first time on Guam. 

 “My excitement is the fact that 98 percent of my dancers have never been home so this is their first time home and the excitement for them to experience the real deal here and experiencing more than just the Chamorro culture but the other cultures of the Pacific other Pacific islands that will be here for the festival,” said Larimer.

 

 Guma Imahe is an offshoot of Pa’a’ Taotao Tano and Larimer says he and his dance group owe a lot to master of Chamorro dance Frank Rabon.