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HOT SALSA FRIDAY w/ YEMAYA DANCE CO.
SALSA DANCE TRAVEL REPORT BY SALSACRAZY CORRESPONDENT: JULIAN
Dance Spectrum, 1707d South Bascom Ave., Campbell, CA 95008
Date: April 5, 2002
guest performers and workshop instructors: Yemaya!
by Randy Mendoza (see his website).
more could we expect from an L.A. dance company than a combination of
excitement, energy and theatricality. We saw all of this wrapped up in
one...or should I say six? Yes, six amazingly beautiful women performing a
combination of Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop and Salsa in two routines.
The first routine of the night had the three of the women dressed in drag, in
white shirts and pants, as the leaders, while the other three performed the role
of the follower dressed in very sexy blue costumes that showed off their
feminine lines. This routine had the Afro-Cuban flavor combined with a
high-energy salsa routine in the end. The second and closing routine had all the
dancers dressed in battle gear, complete with tank tops and machine guns as
props. This performance was very hip-hop oriented and full of energy!
After the performances, the girls had the audience participate as a human
chain/tunnel in a "follow the leader" game. Now, I wonder, how
did they get those machine gun props past airline security (unless they weren't
was some pretty good social dancing, including Olivia Dasso (one of the Yemaya
members) displaying some of her West Coast Swing skills for one song. We
had some well-rounded dance talent, indeed!
seems that everyone stayed pretty late, even the performers who had to conduct
an all-day workshop the following day! Thanks to Ricardo & Michelle of
Pretty Boys & Girls Productions for bringing Yemaya to the Bay Area, as well
as to all of those involved in the Hot Salsa Friday events!
THE PHOTOS HERE!
Any comments? Feel free to email the author.
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