Nicaragua Folklore Dance Ensemble to Perform in Bennington

Nicaragua Folklore Dance Ensemble to Perform in Bennington

Nicaragua Folklore Dance Ensemble to Perform in Bennington

Front-TSP-Nicaragua FolkloreOn Friday, October 25, the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center, the Interact Club of Mount Anthony High School, and Compas de Nicaragua, a New Hampshire non-profit organization that supports health and education projects in Nicaragua, are sponsoring a Nicaragua Dance Tour, performed by a six-member Nicaragua dance ensemble. This multi-media performance includes eloquent folkloric dances performed in beautiful costumes to the beauty of marimba music.

The dancers are all members of Women in Action, a women’s group that live in one of the poorest settlements of Managua, Nicaragua, and carry out community projects. Learn the incredible story of Women in Action and how their projects are improving lives in their communities, through music and dance, a video showing, storytelling, and a gourd art exhibit.

The performance will include several traditional dances with costumes and dresses, including feathered hats and woven baskets that are balanced on the head. The music is traditional folk music played on the marimba. The dancing is a mix of Spanish and indigenous styles. It is performed with long dresses that are held at the ends and lifted above the head. It is a beautiful, graceful kind of dance.

The program will also feature a presentation by the MAU Interact Club, in which club members share their experiences from the Club’s Spring 2013 Delegation trip to Bennington’s Sister city, Somotillo, Nicaragua.

The performance will be held at 7, at the Monument Elementary School, at 66 West Main Street in Bennington, Vt., across from the Bennington Museum.

While admission to the event is free; donations are encouraged, and will support Women in Action projects. For information, call Dan Lucy at 802-447-7511/ext 245, or email him at dlucy@svsu.org.

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