A week from today, one of the United State’s premiere international dance festivals will begin. The Idaho International Dance and Music festival, held in Rexburg, Burley, Rupert and Blackfoot, Idaho is host to dozens of dancers from all over the world. The Festival exemplifies one of the main goals of dance: to share one’s culture. The unique scenario in Idaho also provides the dancers a chance to absorb and understand the many freedoms found in America. Teams in the past have come from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North America, and island nations.
Over the next eight days the dancers play with, eat with, and in general get to know each other. Host families are given free tickets to the performances so they support their dancers.
They also receive discounts on food and services throughout the community during their participation. They are given many other perks along with an official t-shirt of the Festival.
Host Families for the International Folk Festival
To facilitate these dance group’s visit to the United States, many of them visiting for the first time, the dancers are assigned to host families that give them room and board for the duration of the festival. It is truly an amazing coming together of the community. Over the eight days that the festival takes places, the dancers play, eat, and socialize with their host families. What an amazing way to learn about people from another part of the world! Host families are given free tickets to the performances so they support their dancers.
Host families also receive discounts on food and services throughout the community during their participation. They are given many other perks along with an official t-shirt of the Festival. The greatest benefits of course come from the personal interactions between host families and performers. Read about some of the heartwarming exchanges between such diverse people on the dance festival’s “Festival Stories” page.
Have you ever hosted an international visitor?
Whether it was an exchange student or your husband’s mother from the ‘Old country,” what did this experience teach you about yourself or the world we live in?