Thursday, 17 March 2011 22:22
Entertainment that inspiresWritten by Pauline Ngunjiri
The Voices of Women (VOW) and the Ministry of Social Development collaborated to offer to the public on Nevis empowering and inspiring entertainment last week.
For Coloured Girls screened at the Nevis Cultural Centre on March 8 at 10 a.m., and at the Riviere House on Friday night and a Salsa dance performed at the “Women and Work” expo were all well received by those in attendance. For Coloured Girls caused many women to express emotion.
Each of the women in For Coloured Girls portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of colour in particular.
Tyler Perry has chosen a film version of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play. Each one of the women is representative of a colour and has some trial or burden to deal with. Many viewers hope For Coloured Girls will continue to be screened to a wider audience.
In the Salsa dance performed on a platform at the Artisan Village, Rosalind Yearwood and one of her Salsa dance student inspired those who patronized the “Women at Work” Expo. She conducts a training session at Oualie Beach Resort on Thursdays.
Salsa refers to a fusion of informal dance styles having roots in the Caribbean (especially in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States), Latin and North America. The dance originated through the mixture of Mambo, Danzón, Guaguancó, Cuban Son, and other typical Cuban dance forms. Salsa is danced to Salsa music. There is a strong African influence in the music as well as the dance.
Salsa is usually a partner dance, although there are recognized solo steps and some forms are danced in groups of couples, with frequent exchanges of partner Improvisation and social dancing are important elements of Salsa but it appears as a performance dance too.
The name "Salsa" is the Spanish word for sauce, connoting (in American Spanish) a spicy flavour.
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