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Salsa at Sunset

Sabroso! Baile la Salsa!

Exclusive photographers: FishEye Studios, Greenville, SC

Writer: Lianne LaVoy

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     Did you have a chance to Salsa Under the Stars? The last salsa event of the summer was held August 13 at the Peace Center (Graham Plaza) open to the public for free.  The Willie Ziavino Band  from Atlanta filled the night sky with sound that made you just wanna move to the groove.  The Pura Alegria Dance Company  who represents Greenville at Latin dance events both regionally and internationally worked in collaboration with the  International Center of the Upstate  to bring the joy of Latin dance to the Greenville hood.

Did you have a chance to Salsa Under the Stars? The last salsa event of the summer was held August 13 at the Peace Center (Graham Plaza) open to the public for free. The Willie Ziavino Band from Atlanta filled the night sky with sound that made you just wanna move to the groove. The Pura Alegria Dance Company who represents Greenville at Latin dance events both regionally and internationally worked in collaboration with the International Center of the Upstate to bring the joy of Latin dance to the Greenville hood.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     This was the second season the International Center organized the three summer dance events. Plans for next year have already begun as the events were “well attended with an enthusiastic response,” according to Tracie Frese, the executive director for the Center. The Center organizes 115 separate events annually which is quite the workload for a small non profit organization. These include a German Dinner, Book Club Events, an Italian Beaujolais evening to name a few. The goal of the center which started in 1998 has shifted from servicing international newcomers (offering relocation services, English lessons, etc.) to engaging the community of Greenville into an awareness of our diverse cultures. “Our biggest challenge is to keep it funded to continue bringing cultural programming to our community,” says Frese. Well worth the membership I’d say. Check them out at  www.upstateinternational.org

This was the second season the International Center organized the three summer dance events. Plans for next year have already begun as the events were “well attended with an enthusiastic response,” according to Tracie Frese, the executive director for the Center. The Center organizes 115 separate events annually which is quite the workload for a small non profit organization. These include a German Dinner, Book Club Events, an Italian Beaujolais evening to name a few. The goal of the center which started in 1998 has shifted from servicing international newcomers (offering relocation services, English lessons, etc.) to engaging the community of Greenville into an awareness of our diverse cultures. “Our biggest challenge is to keep it funded to continue bringing cultural programming to our community,” says Frese. Well worth the membership I’d say. Check them out at www.upstateinternational.org

"Muchacha" performed by The Willie Ziavino & COT Band. Click arrow for your listening pleasure....

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     Keeping hydrated is part of the fun.

Keeping hydrated is part of the fun.

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     Susan Abrams, long-time Christ Church artist/art teacher with husband artist  Bob Ripley  strutting their stuff.

Susan Abrams, long-time Christ Church artist/art teacher with husband artist Bob Ripley strutting their stuff.

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     Las chicas de Greenville bailan la Salsa! Arriba! Arriba!    The girls of Greenville dance the Salsa! Join them next summer for our fantastic cultural program right here in the Upstate.

Las chicas de Greenville bailan la Salsa! Arriba! Arriba!

The girls of Greenville dance the Salsa! Join them next summer for our fantastic cultural program right here in the Upstate.