FROM 1981 to 2015 is thirty-four years. Kaisahan of San Jose is thirty-four years old. And still dancing. Not too many dance organizations can make this statement. With pride. Thirty-four years and Kaisahan continues its tradition of creating and presenting authentic and artistically excellent works, promoting and preserving our cultural heritage and teaching values and discipline to the youth through dance. And collecting honors and awards. Kaisahan is distinguished to have received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the California Arts Council (CAC) and the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs. Kaisahan is a resident arts organization of the City of San Jose. Artistic Director Helen Moreno is an Artist-in- School. Last year, Kaisahan received a $25,000 grant from The William & Flora Packard Foundation to support the Artist- inSchool program. Fittingly enough and to celebrate its 34th Anniversary, Kaisahan hosted a dinner and dance event at the Centerville Community Center Saturday, August 29, 2015. Heading more than 300+ guest and lending their grace and support are the Honorable Jose Esteves, Mayor of Milpitas, Peter Allen Chairman of the City of San Jose Arts Commission and Dr. Lynne Brown, City of San Jose Arts Commissioner. Other community leaders in attendance include Delia Ho, Vi Villanueva, Past President of APESCOFilipino Associations of Public Employee of Santa Clara County and Mr. Emmer Dela Cruz, past President of Maharlika Lions & Officer of PPBS – Philippine Professional Business Society. The Rigodon de Honor is a Kaisahan tradition and no Kaisahan event is complete without it. This year, participants include some officers and members of the Mt. Hamilton Grange led by its President, Mr. Dom Lomboy and his wife, Nenette who joined the parents and dancers of Kaisahan and delighted the audience with their grace and elegance in their intricate ternos and barong tagalog. Amidst the festivities was one solemn moment of silence and prayer to honor the memory of two Kaisahan stalwarts. Anita Pastor Tiburcio was a co-founder of Kaisahan and Ludy Zulaybar del Rosario served as Board Member & Offi cer for many years. They are missed but not forgotten. THE FAMILY THAT DANCES TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER The highlight of any Kaisahan event is the production members of the dance company. This year, the company’s offering is its Muslim Suite which includes the mesmerizing and electrifying “Singkil”. The repertoire is not only a showcase of pomp, color and pageantry. It is also a demonstration of family unity and oneness That Family That Dances Together Stays Together. Singkil prince and princess are real life brother and sister, Voltaire and Vanessa Villegas. Four sets of sisters play dayang dayang: sisters Alyssa and Karissa Campana; Jaslyn, April Jade and Charlize Sayaan; Denise and Chloe Escorido; Gaganpreet and Karen Kaur. Rachel Moreno-Pilar plays the kulintang while her brother John Leonard Moreno plays the kulintang kayo and agong. Artistic Director Helen Pastor- Moreno plays the drums while brother Franco Pastor, Master of Philippine Dance, plays the gandingan. THE LEGACY CONTINUES It survived. It thrived. Thrifty-Four years and growing. Getting better. New dance classes are opening at Olinder Community Center. The Artist in School program is forming more classes at Carolyn Clark, Evergreen Elementary School, Holly Oak School. There is no stopping. The legacy continues. Thirty-four years of artistic excellence and authenticity and looking forward with pride that swells the heart.