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Compas de Nicaragua Folklore Dance Ensemble

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library, in conjunction with the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America and the First Presbyterian Church, is proud to host Compas de Nicaragua’s Folklore Dance Ensemble at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand, on September 18 at 3 p.m. The program is FREE and open to the public.

The seven-member dance ensemble’s multi-media performance is a treat for the senses. It features everything from exotic marimba music to eloquent folkloric dances complete with dazzling costumes and dresses.

Through dance, video, storytelling, and gourd-art displays, the dance ensemble consists of seven teenage members of Women in Action. The forty-member women’s group lives in one of the poorest settlements in Managua, Nicaragua. The group organizes health, education, and income-generating programs in a poor section of the city.

Ana Narvaez, Compas de Nicaragua’s executive director and performance choreographer, will serve as mistress of ceremonies. She will tell the story of Women in Action, a group of Managuan street vendors who sell what they can in order to provide for their families. She will share the inspiring story of how they have worked together to create projects that have drastically improved quality of life in their community. Navarez will also discuss a 50-member farmer’s co-op that is supporting sustainable living and organic agriculture programs.

For more information, call 772-6586.

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8/31/2010