Our contact for school performances is:
Public Show Coordinator
Galena Street East
“ROOTS TO WINGS“ is an interactive musical program between the Galena Street East performers and the audience. It is primarily designed for elementary school assemblies. This exciting presentation entertains, educates and inspires the spectator to develop a pride and respect for diverse ethnic backgrounds from around the world. When we learn about our own heritage, we respect ourselves and find beauty in many different individuals. Let us take courage to make good decisions, broaden our horizons and soar on wings to greater heights. We want to inspire the students to discover their own family history.
We offer two separate assemblies: (1) for primary grades; and (2) for grades 4th through 6th.
Our website will give you a flavor of the level of talent and good-will that GSE generates for California. While there visit the Teachers Corner for supplemental material for teachers to use before and after the “Roots to Wings” school shows. It is our desire to inspire the students to find out more about their own family history. Sharing the beauty of all cultures is one of our goals .
About Us: Galena is a group of talented, energetic performers that combine music, colorful costumes, singing and dancing in a fast-paced musical revue. Our show appeals to every generation. We were voted "Best of Sacramento" and winners of the local television station’s - KCRA’s -‘A’ List & named “California’s Young Performing Ambassadors, by Governor Schwarzenegger.
International Festival Director, Hana Virglerova, said “Galena Street East is the most thrilling group to dance and sing at our festival. We were amazed at your fast and colorful costume changes and we especially loved the clogging. The Irish dancers reminded us of Riverdance. You gave us a refreshing look at American youth at their best!” This article about us is by the Sacramento Press: http://sacramentopress.com/2012/12/13/galena-street-easts-holiday-tapestry-is-youthful-homage-to-welk-williams/
Directors Richard and Jeri Clinger, along with the impressive Elly Award-winning choreographer, Ron Cisneros, are celebrating 45 years of creating great music, dance & theater in Sacramento & around the world. The Clingers are both educators with 47 years of teaching experience. They were directors of the music department at Brookfield School and professors of music at Sacramento City College. They continue to give music workshops at universities around the United States and are veterans of Hollywood, stage & television and are the originators, directors & driving force behind the group - Galena Street East. As California’s Young Performing Ambassadors, Galena represented the United States at International Peace festivals in the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan, Canada and Alaska. They represented the United States in Beijing, China at pre-Olympic events. They are favorite performers on Cruise ships, Disneyland & Disney World. In June 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger selected Galena to represent California in the “Festival of States” in Washington, D.C., where we performed for Veterans of World War II, Korean, & Vietnam War.