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We have been blessed in St. Louis for about five years with two really good Latin Salsa bands, El Caribe Tropicale and Solucion Latina. The handsome, smooth-dancing, half-Mexican, half-Irish leader of El Caribe Tropicale, Matteo, formed the band from musicians he met through his radio show on KDHX. They would get together to jam, and formed the band in late 1990. As if by magic, two other bands appeared within a three-month period, Solucion Latina and Goza (a Latin jazz band), and the Latin scene suddenly exploded. Matteo started tirelessly promoting Latin dance music in St. Louis, booking his band into clubs, and talking up Latin dance music on KDHX (still on Saturdays at 3:30 pm.) The first time he put on a show with live bands at Casa Loma, over 800 people showed up! Wonderful crowds still show up at Casa Loma for hot, hot dancing to our local very good bands.
Salsa as a dance is a little like four-count swing dancing, or street swing (and a lot like the Mambo). St. Louis swing dancers have six-count swing permanently etched in muscle memory, so there can be some unlearning to do, but many of the great swing moves can be applied to Salsa. To learn to do it, just go to a dance and watch, or check out some local dance studios. Just Dancing has a Latin class on Sunday nights, and there are always lessons before the dances at Casa Loma. Be nice to me and I’ll give you a phone number for Kelly Brown, who teaches a great class in Salsa in University City - beginners on Thursday and Really, Really Advanced (at least that’s what it feels like) on Saturdays. I first danced to El Caribe Tropical down in the Links Club a couple of years ago with one of our more stylish local dancers and lost my heart to him for a long time. So be careful when you go Latin dancing. It’s dangerous.
Seven nationally known storytellers and more than 50 regional storytellers, representing many ethnic groups, will spin a wide variety of stories for all ages in the 17th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Wednesday, May 1, through Saturday, May 4. All events are free. Performances will take place in the Visitor Center under the Gateway Arch, at the Old Courthouse, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Missouri Historical Society, city and county parks and libraries, St. Charles parks, and other sites throughout the metropolitan area. Certain performances are interpreted for the deaf.
Featured storytellers are Mark Allen Branson, Texas; Gladys Coggswell, Missouri; Leigh McGee, Missouri; Angela Lloyd, California; Liz Weir, Northern Ireland; Wolfsong, Vermont; and Warren Wyman, Washington. A Special Saturday Night Performance, including all the featured storytellers, will be held for the general public at 7:00 pm, May 4, in the Visitor Center under the Gateway Arch.
The Storytelling Workshop, featuring Gladys Coggswell, will be held on Wednesday, May 1, from 4-:00 to 5:30 pm in the J.C. Penney Conference Center on the UM-ST. Louis campus. A Storytelling Workshop for the Deaf, featuring Mark Allen Branson, will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2:OO pm, at the Missouri Historical Society. For reservations for either event, please call (314) 516-5948.
Major sponsors of the Festival are the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Arts and Sciences, Continuing Education & Outreach; the National Park Service at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; city and county parks and libraries; and several other organizations. This program is made possible by a grant from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, along with their corporate partner, Union Electric Co., and with support from The Regional Arts Commission.
The dancers wear authentic costumes (Tracht) which originate from the town of Miesbach. "Trachten Dirndls" worn by the ladies are hand-made and often accented with silver dowry coins. The men wear leather pants called "Lederhosen." Traditional hats worn by both the men and the ladies are set with long white feathers. Down to the tips of our shoes, these costumes reflect a regional style of dress which dates back centuries.
The G.T.E.V. name stands for "Gebirgs-Trachten-Erhaltungs-Verein" or the "club which preserves the traditions of the "mountain people". Founded in 1976,our group has evolved through close ties with the D'Oberlanders from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our membership in the Gauverband Nordamerika organization allows us to participate in and share access to traditional Schuhplattler dances, music and costumes from around the world. In a given year, we may participate in as many as 50 regional and international events as well as sponsor two dances which are St. Louis favorites, the Fruhlingsfest and the Herbstfest.
Hearing and seeing the group is only part of the story. Come join us at our practice sessions and share the music, dance and cultural traditions of Bavaria. For more information about our group, meeting time and latest current events, check out the calendar schedule and group information sections here in FolkFire.
Two issues ago, we ran a review of the Rock and Roll Hardees. Because of our review, the restaurant had people walking in with copies of FolkFire and Channel 5 even decided to do a remote broadcast from the site.
Also two issues ago, we ran an ad for a dance vacation cruise and in the first week of publication, the trip organizers told us that they sold several cruises because of FolkFire.
Last issue we ran an ad and a listing for the Swing Into Spring Contra Dance Weekend in Bloomington, IN. During the first week, the dance organizers were considering announcing that no one who had not already contacted them would be able to attend. They said that there was response from so many FolkFire readers wanting details about the dance that they were afraid that they might be too crowded to accommodate everyone comfortably.
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