The IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company will take the stage on Saturday as part of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s Performing Arts Series.
The Florida-based dance company is dedicated to preserving and promoting Afro-Cuban traditions and folklore through the arts, according to a press release from HLSCC.
The group “also seeks to develop cross-cultural understanding and to educate community members and visitors through traditional and contemporary dance, music performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, poetry readings and other art forms,” the release said.
Tomorrow, the group of nine will also perform a complimentary show for students who registered in advance with Linette Baa, coordinator of the Performing Arts Series.
Established about 11 years ago, the dance company offers programmes in schools, universities, tourist destinations and low-income neighborhoods in south Florida with the help of government agencies and educational institutions, according to the press release.
The performers are also known for traditional dances such as mambo, rumba, conga, chancleta, son, and salsa — as well as the ritual dances of the Orishas, according to the group’s website.
Members have danced at the Latin Grammy Awards, Super Bowl Sunday, and several festivals.
The dancers are expected to arrive in the territory today, according to Daniel Singh, HLSCC’s communications director. “This is among events which we are using to diversify the Performing Arts Series,” Mr. Singh said.
The organisers have added several genres of music to the series in recent months, he added: reggae, soca, gospel and others.
During the series’ last season, there was a dance showcase by the Nai-Ni-Chen Dance Company.
“We believe that it will be a show that will really captivate the audience,” Mr. Singh said. “This is the first time the group will be in the BVI, and they are looking forward to it.”
The show is to start at 8 p.m. Adult tickets cost $30, while tickets for ages 2-14 cost $20.