11 groups will perform to mark International Day of Dance

Al Andalus, the 20-year-old flamenco dance company, is a frequent performer at culture ministry events. The dancers will be there Sunday.

Anyone who likes dance will love Sunday. The day is being celebrated as the International Day of Dance in Costa Rica.

Some 11 groups will perform at the Teatro de la Danza at the Centro Nacional de Cultura in San José. The event begins at 6 p.m., and there is an admission.

The day is designated as such by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The presentations Sunday range from the flamenco to tap, modern and even Irish step dancing. The organizer is the Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores de la Danza. Most of the performers are professionals.


Among the groups participating are Al Andalus, the well-known flamenco troupe and Luna del Desierto, which offers Egyptian dance.

A solo performer will be Zohara, who presents what is called contemporary Oriental.

As part of the dance presentations, what is being called a Danzatón will be presented May 11, 12 and 13. The dancers will be professional-semi-professional and youngsters on the final night.

The Centro Nacional de Cultura is also the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. It is just east of Parque España and south of Avenida 7 in north San José. The compound is the antigua Fábrica Nacional de Licores or old liquor factory.

The International Day of Dance began in 1982, and the date is that of the birth of the creator of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre, who died in 1810.

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