Local Nicaraguan dancers join with UNH to perform at MUB
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 02:10
Nicaragua is about 2,250 miles from New Hampshire, but this Wednesday the distant country’s culture will be much closer.
Thanks to the University of New Hampshire’s Community Leadership program and “Compas de Nicaragua,” all will have the chance to experience Nicaragua’s culture through traditional folkloric dancing. Hijas del Maiz (Daughters of the Corn) is a group of six teenage girls traveling the Northeast to raise awareness of Nicaragua’s poor living conditions.
The audience can learn these high school students’ story. They are a part of Women in Action, and will share their story through dance, video, storytelling and gourd art displays. This group of women is from Managua, Nicaragua, which is one of the poorest settlements in the country. Women in Action is working together to organize community health, nutrition and education programs.
“The event is free,” Leticia Denoya, a junior at UNH, said. “Students should attend to learn about a different culture and gain diversity through fun dance and art. Also, there will be free refreshments.”
“This folkloric dance tour provides an incredible opportunity for all ages to learn about the struggles in Nicaragua along with getting involved with helping other communities,” Denoya wrote in a press release.
The performance will include several traditional dances with costumes and dresses, including feathered hats and woven baskets that are balanced on the head.
The traditional music is played on the marimba and the dancing is a mix of Spanish and indigenous styles.
These teenage Nicaraguan girls will perform live on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Granite State Room of the Memorial Union Building.