The Black Diamond Dance Troupe from Cuba visited San Pedro on Friday, April 3rd, and performed at the Central Park and at Fido's Courtyard. The presentation was made possible by the San Pedro Town Board and the Belize Dance Company. Black Diamond has performed in several places throughout the country and have recently been to Moscow and Canada.
The Dance Troupe performed eight cultural dances and sang folk songs. The group consisted of eight dancers, three drum men, a lead singer and several other organizers. The dances performed ranged from contemporary to traditional. Most of the dances performed demanded that the performers be extremely flexible. The evening's performances consisted of a traditional salsa dance, a basket dance, a East Indian belly dance, a knife dance and the center piece of the show a contemporary dance entitled, "I think, therefore I am." This dance was originally performed by three "virtually" naked men, but because of the children in the audience the performers wore tights. The dancers ended their performance with a lively salsa dance which eventually was brought to the audience and a dancing line was formed. Children and adults were brought on stage with the dancers and had an enjoyable time.
Later that evening the dancers gave a second performance at Fido's Courtyard where they were able to perform their dances as they were originally choreographed.
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