“My favorite hobby is dancing. I am a member of a group called Friends in Dance. We specialize in character/folk dances from around the world. We choreograph our own dances, design costumes and perform at different venues and festivals around town. We’ve had that group in Fairbanks for about 10 years and we’ve been performing every year at different events. I think one of the best ways to understand a culture is through its dance traditions. This is why every year we participate in International Friendship Day in Pioneer Park by performing a new dance from a different country.”
Elena Suleimani, tsunami modeller and research analyst, stands in front of the Alaska Earthquake Center map of Alaska.