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Friday, 15 July 2011 16:17

Once Upon a Time … Capoeira

Published in Dance Written by Paloma Granados
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Capoeira, an art form practiced in Brazil, is a form of martial arts that incorporates dance and music.  Characterised by rapid, complex movements, Capoeira originated when the Africans who had been brought to Brazil as slaves combined elements of both cultures to form an original fighting style.  

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:42

Salsa, Songs of Revolution

Published in Dance Written by Stephanie Aslan
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Dim lights, bodies moving rhythmically to the clave, gliding sonar waves reaching every eardrum. As I walk through the doors, I’m offered a hand and immediately swept to the centre of the basement bar dance floor.

 

Wednesday, 08 September 2010 20:52

Views on Dance in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago

Published in Dance Written by Danielle Jennings
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When we think of the future, it is natural to contemplate our youth, whether past or present. One of my greatest accomplishments during my pre-adolescent years was my starring role in a dance performance at my elementary or primary school (as we say in Jamaica) when I was 8 years old. I remember now, 19 years later, the final rehearsal… pacing the steps, feeling the hot concrete on my bare feet, as I wore my big sister’s long, blue nightgown as my costume. The dance was choreographed in the spirit of a revivalist experience. It was an exciting time for me – head wrapped with a colourful scarf, anchored by two No.2 pencils on either temple. The tricky part about this last rehearsal was that I would not do the final, most electrifying segment of the Pocomania-flavoured piece on the burning, concrete, open-air platform.

Monday, 03 May 2010 14:04

Few words on Salsa

Published in Dance Written by Marika Preziuso
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‘Tracing the routes of Latin American cultural practices in London
could perhaps start in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre with
around eight or nine shops, ranging from hair dressers to food
shops, owned by Latin Americans, mainly Colombians. A short stroll
around the first level of the Shopping Centre might be disconcerting
for many, but welcoming for others. Once in the Shopping Centre
you may be trapped by the sounds of music, the many accents of
people who stop on their way at ‘La Bodeguita’ for lunch or a snack;
by the smells of the food, incense and perfumes; and even more by
the mixture of people wandering around the corridors on a Saturday
morning.