ALAMEDA -- "I Put the D in Dance" is the title of the holiday dance concert at the College of Alameda from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and is being presented by students in the new choreography course taught by professor Danny Nguyen.

"This year's holiday dance concert will present dance styles from around the world," Nguyen said. "There will be traditional pieces from 'The Nutcracker' ballet as well as Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese, African, East Indian, salsa, Argentine tango and ballroom dance. Five students will also present hip-hop style dance, and they are tremendous. They will be breaking, popping and krumping. The opening piece is from the musical 'Burlesque.' "

Nguyen, chair of the College of Alameda's dance department, was awarded recognition from the state Assembly this past May for his dedication and achievements in promoting cross-cultural diversity in education. Nguyen has a dream of creating a two-year degree program in dance at the college.

"In order to complete a well-rounded dance program, we need to offer a world dance course," Nguyen said.

"This course would promote and encourage knowledge and cross-cultural understanding.

"To me, the 'D in Dance' in my title represents diversity. Our holiday dance concert presents a bit of diversity through performance, and I want to thank Dr. Duncan Graham, vice president of instruction at College of Alameda and Dr. Jose Ortiz, chancellor of Peralta Colleges, for their continued support of arts education," Nguyen added.

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The "I Put the D in Dance" holiday concert will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the College of Alameda, Room G-111, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. The show is free and open to the public.