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PHOTO PACKAGE: Peace Festival brings movement and color to downtown Columbia

Saturday, September 25, 2010 | 7:28 p.m. CDT
Mayce Kaplan, 6, dances between sets for the Earthdance Global Peace Festival on Saturday at the First Christian Church in Columbia. "If she sees dancing on TV, she has to watch it," her mother Amy Kaplan said.

COLUMBIA — As part of the Earthdance Global Peace Festival, a celebration was held Saturday at the First Christian Church in downtown Columbia and featured a mix of dance styles from around the world. The festival marked the end of the "Embracing All Traditions," an eight-day festival aimed at promoting peace, sustainability and social justice.

 

 

Multi-colored scarves are displayed in Savita's Sister's booth at the Earthdance Global Peace Festival on Saturday at the First Christian Church. Numerous vendors attended the festival with goods ranging from jewelry to hula hoops.
Karen Mays performs a freestyle belly dance at the Earthdance Global Peace Festival on Saturday at the First Christian Church. Mays has been dancing on and off for four years and is just getting back into the scene. Mays said she prefers an off-the-cuff, improvisational style of dance.
Kemisi performs during the Earthdance Global Peace Festival on Saturday at the First Christian Church in Columbia. Kemisi describes her style as a fusion of belly dance and early Egyptian dance. "You can dance barefoot, so you're really close to the earth," she said.
Brittany Fuemmeler, center, positions her hoop while Lois Bennett watches the band on stage during the Earthdance Global Peace Festival at the First Christian Church in Columbia.

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