2019 Taste of CA celebrates culture and community



With the Parade of Nations, Cleo Parker Dance Company, multilingual students, a Fire Knife Dance of Samoa, and a fabulous variety of food, the annual “Taste of CA: A Celebration of Cultures” brought the world to Colorado Academy’s campus.

The evening started with Gypsy Jazz played by the Upper School Jazz Ensemble led by Phil Jones. Families, many of them dressed in traditional dress, enjoyed food from the far-flung countries of their heritage. Students presented in different languages: Julie Marwan spoke Arabic, Sami Azam spoke Urdu, Holland Burkett spoke Hindi, Brielle Burkett spoke Dutch, Nathan and Matthew Oram spoke German, Brandon Lei spoke Mandarin, and Alegria Monterroso spoke Spanish.

The crowd was also entertained by CA performers including Clare Milligan with an Irish Step Dance, Grant Kenney with a Traditional Sword Kata, the Summit Dance Academy to a song from Les Miserables, and a Flamenco, performed by Sara Monterroso. 

The Kalama Polynesian Dance Company provided a perfect ending to the evening with a number of dances, including a Hula and a Warrior Dance from New Zealand.

The very successful 2019 Taste of CA was led by Co-Chairs Christina Joymon and Meghan Geisler, Committee Leads Stefanie Abar, Karin Frenz, Mary Hagen, Clarissa Hobson, and Phil Jones and Priya Burkett, Vanessa Homuth, Margaret Matthews, and Nina Moore.

As always, Taste of CA was a wonderful way to celebrate culture and community—and some excellent food—at Colorado Academy.

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