International Showcase Coming to Centreville on April 25

International Showcase Coming to Centreville on April 25


The Chinese dance number, “My Beautiful Country,” is performed by Julia James during last year’s showcase.

Dance, music and food will showcase Northern Virginia’s diversity at the Centreville International Showcase on Saturday, April 25. It’ll be held from 6-9:30 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road, near New Braddock Road and Centrewood Drive.

Food from local restaurants will be offered, starting at 6 p.m., with the fun continuing throughout the evening with international music and dances from countries including Korea, Guatemala, India, and Ireland.

“Living, shopping, and dining out in Centreville is a true, international experience,” said Alice Foltz of the Centreville Immigration Forum. “The Showcase reflects the amazing opportunities that we have to share our lives and traditions, right in our community. Dancers and singers, with colorful costumes from many traditions, provide us with a beautiful evening. This is a cruise around the world without leaving home.”

The Showcase, sponsored by the Centreville Immigration Forum, is geared at bringing the community together for an evening of fellowship and fun. There’s no admission, but the Showcase raises money for CIF through the Showcase Raffle for a 50-inch widescreen TV, computer and Nook; a 50/50 raffle; food sales; and donations during the evening.

Early-bird raffle tickets and reserved dinner tables are available in advance through Pay Pal at and by check made payable to Centreville Immigration Forum and mailed to the Centreville Labor Resource Center, 5956 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville, VA. 20121. Specify that it’ll be used for the Showcase.

New entertainment this year will be the performance group from the McNeill-James School of Irish Dance, presenting Irish step dancing. Also new will be Sam Lincoln, performing “Amazing Grace,” and Sara Berrios opening the program with the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Besides Irish step dancing, the program is filled with traditional dances and music from El Salvador, India, Korea, Guatemala and Honduras. Alberto Ramirez and Benito Chavez will return to share Guatemalan contemporary pop songs. The Guatemalan “Grupo Artístico Conquistando Sueños” will also entertain; and Jung Ok Lee, who teaches Korean classical dance, will perform the Korean fan dance.

Back by popular demand, sisters Sanjana and and Sanyuktha Srikanth will present their colorful, classic Indian dance. And from the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, the Korean Harmonica Group will perform folk music from around the world. This group has entertained at the event for four years, offering both Korean and international favorites.