Welcoming the Freshmen: Our Performance Party

Getting read for our 1-hour photo session. Our teachers in their new suits and me in my casual jeans look.

Our departmental leaders: Dean “Lisa” Zhang and Dean “Horace” Hou

Just one of many group shots with the foreign teachers. Here, Ashley and I are snatched by our colleagues for a photo.

The ladies removed their jackets in the hot sun for this all-women pose.

The men’s duty in all this? Hold the women’s jackets!

We arrived at the sports field to find our freshmen ready for the show to begin.

More of our eager fans.

Ashley and I changed into our qipaos (traditional Chinese dress)before the show began. John, Ashley’s husband, hustled into our beauty shot.

It’s our turn for stage rehearsal.

Ms. Xie took control, barking out orders of where to stand and how to arrange ourselves.

Her instructions were certainly needed. We shaped up in a hurry!

“Kai shi! (Time to begin!)” Our hosts take the lead, announcing in both English and Chinese.

First up, an Inner Mongolia dance number.

Followed by Xinjiang Province.

So many intricate moves to remember! That took a lot of practice.

A student choir performing “Do, Re, Mi” from the Sound of Music.

Our choir was followed by Maria herself with the Van Trapp children in an English skit.

“The Wizard of Oz” brought Dorothy and the scarecrow to our stage . . .

not to mention the Wicked Witch of the West.

But it was the retired teachers who brought down the house with their synchronized fashion show.

Stand proud, no matter what age you are.

A dance for the prettiest girl in the room.

Gracious ladies of China.

Final photos of success to close off the afternoon.

Great job, everyone!

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.
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