Afro-Peruvian dance in Richmond: ‘We are making sure the tradition is still alive for future generations.’
On a cloudy Saturday morning, Carmen Román and her husband, Pierr Padilla, filled the basement of the Golden Gate Library in Oakland with a symphony of sounds, using their feet, hands and traditional Afro-Peruvian instruments. A small group of children shrieked with glee and bumbled around the room, dancing as their parents nodded to the beat being created by Román and Padilla opening and closing the top to their cajitas, a box-shaped Latin percussion instrument, and hitting it with a…
In her native Bali, Kompiang Davies was forbidden from singing, dancing or playing any musical instrument. Then she fled to California.
“This year’s Spirit & Soul was the largest to date. In just about every aspect. The festival broke records.”
8th Spirit and Soul Festival brings live music, food and shop to Downtown Richmond residents.
On April 17, the Oakland Ballet Company hosts the second annual East Bay Dances Showcase.
Despite being one of the dance capitals of the world, with 73 public and private colleges and universities offer dance majors, for decades there hasn’t been a single-subject teaching credential in dance for the California public school system.
The seventh annual Spirit and Soul Festival filled downtown with the rhythmic beats of jazz musicians and the enticing smells of fried chicken and barbecue. Put on by the Richmond Main Street Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to reinvigorate the downtown, the festival drew about 800 people this year–and there would have been more, organizers insisted, were it not for the sizzling heat.
Dancers and musicians from local middle and high schools spiced up Wednesday’s WCCUSD school board meeting. The students’ performances were in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
National Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on Sept. 14th in Richmond with upbeat music, tasty tacos and bounce houses for kids at a music festival at Restaurante La Revolucion in the Hilltop Mall area.