August 12, 2013

Neri Torres and the IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Troupe- A BAILAR!!

HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!!!

Now as you can imagine, Up North in The South there aren't many celebrations of the Cuban culture. Quueee??  JU SO FONII!!!  Ok si, besides Babushka herself of course, so when the opportunity presents itself you know BB's there.  Especially when it has to do with the arts, and as an extra bonus, is in my dear Mission San Luis.

showcasing a work from the 2012 Heritage Award winner Nicario Jimenez.

On March 20, 2013 Neri Torres was given the 2013 Heritage Award, recognizing her "significant contributions to Florida's cultural heritage."    For 15 years, since coming to the USA, she's been promoting, performing, and educating the public on the Afro-Cuban culture and how its' roots are very much alive and relevant in today's world.  Sharing the Orisha traditions as well as the history of Cuban music, she is a joyful teacher who exudes the love of what she does.  

ASPIRE - YouTube Highlighting Neri

Some of the pics BB took during the Mission San Luis performance in March.

Colorful, jubilant, con picardia y sazon-  ESO!!!

Now a little excerpt with sound and audience participation- 

Buenisimo right?!?!?
But why post about it now you ask? Ya pa' que??



'She began the festival to reflect the multiple ethnicities of South Florida, and include other dance traditions that share African roots. Says Torres, "Our festival gives people of all backgrounds -- whether they're dancers or not -- the opportunity to enjoy, learn and engage in a celebration of the folk traditions of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the U.S.” ' -from the IFE-ILE website

So go enjoy y


Babushka Besos a todos.  Cuidensen.

P.S.   IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company Feibu page- you'll "like" that too.

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Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!

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