The Outer Banks Voice – The soul of Latin American culture hits the first high school stage
The Soul of Latin American Culture Hits the Stage at First Flight High School
By Linda Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice September 21, 2022
Bringing the sounds, rhythms and dances of Latin America to the stage, the Latin Ballet of Virginia celebrates the essence of Hispanic culture in America. The performance at First Flight High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 promises to be more than a dance recital, as Alma Latina—Latin Soul in English—explores the culture and history of the Americas.
Students and their parents are invited to this special evening of dance and music free of charge. For more information, please contact Bryan Cultural Series at bryanculturalseries.org
Tickets for the general public are $15 and can be purchased online through the Bryan Cultural Series Website or at our subsidiary retail stores—Gray’s Department Store, 3860 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk; Sea Green Gallery, 2404 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head; or Downtown Books, 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo.
The intriguing and complex Hispanic traditions of the Americas will come to life as dancers and music take the audience on a journey through time, heritage and culture clash, exploring the history of indigenous peoples and the Spanish influence in the New world.
The colonial history of Latin America will be explored. The legend of El Dorado will take center stage, as will the dances of the enslaved peoples of South America, dances of joy they hid from their masters. The cultural history of the region will come to life as dancers bring music from the 16th and 17th centuries to life.
Performances will explore Mexico’s oppression and political violence in the early part of the 20th century and explore some of the more modern dance forms that have become part of the culture of the Americas.
And finally, the music of Tito Fuentes will be honored in a final dance that will bring together all the performers on stage.
The Latin America Ballet of Virginia has been celebrating for 25 years the blending of cultures and the strength it brings. Sponsored by the Bryan Cultural Series, the show at First Flight High School will create a night to remember.
The performance is a partnership between Dare Arts, Dare County Schools and the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series with substantial support provided by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present educational programs for all 4th and 5th grade elementary school students in Dare County prior to the show.
For more information on the Bryan Cultural Series and to find more information on the Latin Ballet of Virginia event, visit bryanculturalseries.org.
Substantial support for this cultural offering of events is provided by Towne Bank of Currituck, OBX Chevrolet Buick, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills and Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk.
The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization established in 2012. The Board of Directors is made up of nine community leaders dedicated to providing a series of high quality cultural events. These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts. The board strives to glean talent that has achieved regional and national recognition to maintain a high standard.