Folklore extravaganza at the National Theater

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Dances from different parts of the country will be shown at “Folklore Espectacular.”

Dances from different parts of the country will be shown at “Folklore Espectacular.”

A cast of more than 60 dancers will take part in a folklore extravaganza in a two-day spectacle that will start Friday, July 11 with a grand opening at the National Theater at 8:00 p.m. The show will close on Saturday, July 12 with a Gala at 6 p.m. On Sunday, July 13, the sixth annual Miss Panama Folklore contest will take place, also at the National Theater, at 4:00 p.m.

The spectacle will be a blend of technology, dance, music, lights, colorful costumes and elegant choreography which aims to educate and entertain the public, showcasing Panama’s traditional dances.

This year, the Panamanian composer, Edgar Daniel de la Cruz, wrote the opening musical theme and a special composition of the song “Cumbia de mi tierra” (cumbia of my land). Isaac De León and his band, “Los indomables,” along with a line-up of 12 artists under the direction of Anibal Muñoz are in charge of the music. The show will feature participation of renowned dancer, Any Tovar, as national guest artist. The event is under the artistic direction of Prof. Alvaro Gonzalez.

More than 60 dancers will participate in the show.

More than 60 dancers will participate in the show.

The folklore gala is organized by Jose Alberto Sosa Roner who has more than 30 years of experience and is the creator of the “Primera Compañía Nacional de Danzas Folklóricas de Panamá.” The dance troupe comprises more than 80 dancers between 16 to 40 years of age.

Tickets for the performances on Friday and Saturday cost $10-$45 and may be purchased at the Joyería y Casa de Empeño La Esperanza (228-4464), through the “Folklore Espectacular” Facebook page, by calling 6678-8080, or writing direccion@danzazpanama.com. Entry to the beauty contest costs $10-$20. For more information, visit www.danzaspanama.com.

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