To ring in the Year of the Pig, the Alvin Sherman Library will showcase the talents of the Chinese Performing Arts Group of South Florida, CASEC, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This performance will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Performance Theatre.
According to the group’s website, CASEC was founded in 2009 by Ms. Monica Shang. Ms. Shang is serving as vice president of Women’s Charity Foundation of Florida. CASEC, on average, performs at around 24 shows a year. The group is broken almost evenly into two subsections: the Swans Dance Groupe and the Sunshine Musical Ensemble. Their mission is to promote Chinese arts and culture while serving as a bridge between local Chinese organizations and other social organizations in South Florida. They’ve performed all over South Florida, from Vero Beach to the general Greater Miami Area.
Some of their performances include Folk dances like Ribbon, Fan and Lantern Dance, a Chinese Costume and fashion show, a demonstration of Chinese KungFu/Tai Chi and traditional Chinese Musical Instruments.
According to Adult Services Librarian Three Kimberli Kidd, “The event celebrates Chinese arts and culture. We’ve been doing it since 2011, we have been working with the South Florida Chinese Performing Arts Group and they’ve been bringing entertainment and the culture of China to Nova Southeastern University’s campus.”
In the past, this event draws up to 200 attendees.
Kidd said, “I reached out to the Performing Arts Group…and invited them to come to the library to perform.” Kimberli also believes that it perfectly encapsulates NSU’s Core Values, including Diversity and Community. She also said that “…it’s a good way to expose yourself to the Chinese culture and just to a different culture.”
This event is open to all NSU students as well as the community. Seating is on a first come first serve basis and there is no cost to attend.