American Students Dance Away with the Albanian Valle

By: Valon Xoxa    February 4, 2014

High School students from Austin Minnesota are practicing a rather not so familiar dance for the annual meeting of Music Teachers Association of Minnesota. This meeting is held every year on the 13th of February, thus bringing together music scholars and enthusiasts from all around Minnesota.

The Austin High School Dancing Ensemble has its own singing chorus and dance group, which will be among the few performing at this upcoming event. The ensemble has been practicing daily to perfect the performance of the “Albanian Dance” as it has been reported by the small town newspaper “Austin Daily”. Without a doubt, the students find it important to practice since the dance is characterized by fast changing rhythm, that often proves to be a challenge to the most talented dancers.

However, this is not the first time that American music enthusiast have performed and absorbed the beauty of Albanian Folk dance. The following video is of an impressive performance from 2006.

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Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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