2009 Naujienos - News

LB SPINDULYS   Director Danguole R. Varniene interviewed in the Lithuanian Press.

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LB SPINDULYS   Director Danguole R. Varniene was interviewed in 'Amerikos Lietuvis' (Lithuanian American) recently. The interview is far ranging from personal, historical to recent events in her life as both Director of Spindulys and past Artistic Director of the last year's XIII Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival. Illustrated with a wide selection of topics, this interview is certainly 'archival'.

To read the entire interview, in (Adobe Acrobat) PDF format (4 MB download) click here.

LB SPINDULYS   celebrated its 60-th anniversary with a visit to Lithuania!

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LB Spindulys made a short video and celebrated its 60th Year anniversary this summer with a trip to Lithuania in July to participate in the dance program at the 'Am?iu sutartine' - 1000 year celebration - in the capital city of Vilnius, and then had a party of its own at the medieval island castle of Trakai, Lithuania on July 7th, 2009.
To view recent postings from this trip and events see Lietuva 2009 - Flash Photo Gallery.

Aukso Paukste

'Aukso Paukšte' (Golden Bird) awarded to Spindulys dance group and director.

The Lietuvos Liaudes Kulturos Centras (Lithuanian Folk Culture Center), and its Director Saulius Liausa awarded Spindulys dance group, its teachers and its Director Danguole R. Varnas the 'Golden Bird' (Aukso Paukštė) award for emigrant cultural groups (išeivyjos kolektyvai) for 2008. To view the announcement and S. Liausa letter click here.

The director of Spindulys Danguole R. Varnas traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania and on March 11, 2009 accepted the award on behalf of the group and herself. This distinctive award is akin to a 'Academy Award' for folk dance work and all at Spindulys are moved by this award.

Read the interview with Danguole Varnas (in Lithuanian) for a Spindulys response to this award.

Read more (in Lithuanian) about the Lithuanian Folk Culture Center, their awards and activities at their website: www.llkc.lt.

S. Liausa, D. Varnas,  A. Daunoravicius - click to enlarge
S. Liausa, D. Varniene, A. Daunoravicius
E. Ladigiene, S. Einikyte, D. Varniene, L. Kisieliene, J. Norkeviciene, Z.  Rimkuviene -  click to enlarge
E. Ladigiene, S. Einikyte, D. Varniene, L. Kisieliene,
J. Norkeviciene, Z. Rimkuviene

Video clips - 7-8 min. (30 mB-40mB Flash Video) for high-speed/broadband connections:
Labas Rytas Vilnius  Lithuanian TV interview with Danguole Varnas - click for video page in separate window
'Labas Rytas Vilnius' - 8 min. Lithuanian TV interview
with D. Varniene, Director of Spindulys

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Siandien Musu Svente video compilation - click for video page in separate window
'Šiandien musu šventė' - 7 min. video of song and dances and greetings to Lithuania
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Home to Los Angeles
Spindulys dancers and teachers with Golden Bird - click for enlargement
Spindulys dancers and teachers celebrate the arrival of
the 2008 'Golden Bird' (Aukso Paukštė) to Los Angeles

For a complete list of photos from previous events visit the Spindulys Photo Archive pages.

For further information on events or rehearsals contact:
Danguole Varnas - Director, SPINDULYS
3165 Harmony Place, La Crescenta, Calif. 91214

TELEPHONE:  Danguole Varnas - 818 - 249 - 7574
E-MAIL:   Spindulys@aol.com

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