Bryant's i2i cultural dance show offered Bryant's diverse student body an opportunity to showcase their talents and share their cultures with the wider community. The annual show, a popular Bryant tradition hosted by the University's International Student Organization (ISO), provides a forum for Bryant students from all around the world to connect with one another and create educational opportunities that support cultural awareness.
More than 50 students worked throughout the semester to perfect this year’s show, which celebrated performance traditions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. i2i 2022 included everything from tap dancing to salsa to a student drum circle led by Master Djembe Drummer Issa Coilibaly. Student dance groups aDvANCEd Evolution and Velocity also contributed to the event.
Providing an introduction to different performance styles gives the audience a window into different cultures as well, notes ISO major event coordinator Leonelly Romano Sedeno ’23, who directed i2i alongside Juleidy Perez ’24 and Alaiza Irani ’24. “An event like i2i widens people’s perspectives and introduces them to other cultures and traditions in a fun way,” she says. “I think that’s something really important for any community to have.”
“Bryant has such a strong, vibrant international community,” agrees Irani. “i2i helps us to showcase that.”
The show, the directors say, is also a great opportunity to welcome new members to the group. “The community you develop through the International Student Organization is just so friendly and so welcoming,” notes Perez. “In some ways, it becomes your family away from your actual family.”