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It’s time to get your groove on, and on, and on!

Vissi Dance Theatre will perform at Rufus King Park on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m as part of the Jamaica Dance Festival, which will offer more entertainment on the following two Saturdays as well.

Founded in 1997 by Courtney Ffrench, who was born on the island of Jamaica, Vissi combines dance and drama in way that can only be described as “urban contemporary.” Troupe members come from around the world and they are encouraged to add their ethnic spices to the choreography, which often explores social issues.

The festival continues with contemporary African choreographers – Omari Mizrahi (Senegal), Lacina Coulibaly (Burkina Faso), and Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe) – on June 16 at 7:30 p.m.

These individuals — all of whom have affiliations with Harlem Stage-E Moves — will present raw, thought-provoking pieces that tackle the questions of African identity and existence in the modern-day United States.

For a final act, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will offer some south-of-the-border fun on June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

This Astoria-based company mixes traditional Mexican folk dances and songs with classical and contemporary movement to tell stories full of passion, humor, and joy.

All presentations are free, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Rufus King Park is in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 150th Street.

Top image: Vissi Dance Theatre; bottom image: Calpulli Mexican Dance


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