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Harlem Kids Experience a Taste of Havana With Free Dance Program
Monday August 12th to Friday August 16th 2019
Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion
506 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10037, USA
Press Release – Ritmo y Color, a free dance program for disadvantaged children run by Cuban dancer and choreographer Luanda Pau, will take place at Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion.
The week long dance program will occur between Monday 12th August and Friday August 16th as part of HARLEM WEEK and will give disadvantaged children the opportunity to explore Cuban dance through movement and art. The project looks to create a sense of belonging and strengthen links to the children’s own cultural heritage. The participants, aged between six and twelve, will give a final performance to the public on Saturday August 17th at 2.30pm outside Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion.
Ritmo y Color is organised by creative artist Jessica Angel and is part of multi-faceted project Liquid Heat | La Rumba Llama that seeks to bring together communities through one of Cuba’s most iconic dances, the Afro-Cuban rumba.
As part of the project Angel has worked with renowned Afro-Cuban dancers and the Pogolotti community, a Havana neighborhood famous for its Rumba, to create a series of vibrant, life-sized photographs that capture the energy and passion of Rumba. The never before seen photographs will be exhibited at the Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion from Monday August 5thto Monday September 30th.
Ritmo y Color is in collaboration with SCAN summer camp, an organisation that supports ‘at risk’ children and their families to achieve positive life goals. Roman Diaz is set to specifically record a Rumba song Mama’buela (which translates as Mama grandma) for the kid’s performance.
Liquid Heat’s Go Fund Me page will help cover the costs of the children’s classes. $300 will cover one child for the week and the rest of the money raised will support the extended community program.
Ritmo y Color is sponsored by Tahl Prop Property Development and Harlem Community Development Corporation. The project is also supported by HARLEM WEEK, the World Music Institute, the Cuban Artists Fund, Harlem Havana Festival, Harlem Art Alliance and New Heritage Theatre Group.
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