San Francisco Public Library

Teen Latin Dance Showcase

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

October 20, 2011

Teen Latin Dance Showcase

Performance in conjunction with exhibition - American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music

November 5, 2 p.m., San Francisco Main Library

Catching the rhythm from the Library’s exhibition, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, teen dancers from through­out the Bay Area will come together at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, to perform a Latin Dance Showcase. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. on November 5, 2011, in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.

The Showcase will highlight an exciting array of talented teen performers including Dance Mission Theater‘s Grrrl Brigade in San Francisco, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts’ Mexican Music and Dance troupe in Richmond, San Francisco’s Marsh Youth Theater hip hop and Latin dance group, and high school dancers from SFUSD’s Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and Mission High School. The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble (LJYE) will perform a musical piece at the end that invites the teen dancers and audience members up on stage for a final celebratory dance.  Expect to see everything from Salsa to Latin-infused Hip Hop, from Mexican folk dancing to Brazilian belly dancing. Jesse “Chuy” Varela, KCSM 91.1 FM’s music director, will emcee the program.

Performing to Latin music inspired by the American Sabor exhibition, the dance showcase will provide a unique connection to the rich social history and creativity of Latin musicians in the U.S., as explored in the exhibition, which is on view in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, through Nov. 13, 2011.

The exhibition was developed by the Experience Music Project and the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition, its national tour, and the related programs, including this teen dance show­case, are made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.