Saturday, March 1, 2014


 ¡Viva Brasil! Carnaval Dance Party! 

WHEN: SAT MAR 1, 7:30 PM Batala DC Drummers outside under the marquee; 8 PM Samba Dance Lesson; 9 PM Dance Party!
WHERE: CA, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $18, $13 for members of Creative Alliance & Students

Our annual samba throw-down! Samba Trovao returns to transform The Patterson into a Carnaval street party. Start with a special performance by the all-women percussion band Batala DC, followed with a samba dance lesson and a traditional Carnaval show in full costume! Brazilian Latin grooves from DJ Luiz Louco & DJ Miguel De Amor! Fresh Caipirinha cocktails at the cash bar! 

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Flat-Footing Dance Class & Showcase w/ Step Jam

WHEN: Workshop MAR 3 & 10 | Showcase MAR 13

Learn how to do some "powerhouse floor whacking" with Annapolis-based dancing duo Step Jam! Join them as they show aspiring and curious dancers alike the core moves of Flat Footing - a traditional dance form that builds on Appalachian and Irish influences. Instructors Jan Scopel and Kim Forry will teach basic moves the first night and will be joined by Brad Kolodner and friends for a live music accompaniment the second night. Be a part of a Creative Alliance performance as the class concludes on Thursday, March 13th in a showcase of both students and professionals! Admission to the class allows the participant plus one guest to attend the showcase for free!

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Springtime in the Balkans
Orfeia & Svitanya w/ guest Bohuslav (Bob) Rychlik

TICKETS: 8 PM $16, $11 members & students

'Chestita Baba Marta' (Happy Grandma Spring) as they say in Bulgaria!
Two sublime women's a capella ensembles singing in Eastern European traditions celebrate the coming of warmth and green. Led by internationally renowned Bulgarian singer Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia shares the women's rich a capella vocal traditions of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe, transporting audiences to the mountain villages of the Balkans, including Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia, Greece, Macedonia, and Georgia.

Last fall, Orfeia performed in Sofia on Bulgarian TV and radio with Svitanya, the accomplished women's vocal ensemble from Philadelphia that performs Eastern European folk and work songs, as well as contemporary compositions. The two groups reunite tonight celebrating the end of winter. They are joined by expert Slovakian flutist Bob Rychlik who opens with an unusual performance on these rare traditional instruments. Expect breathtaking harmonies and haunting melodies!

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Rumba Club
WHEN: Friday, March 14, 8 PM
TICKETS: in Advance: $15, $10 members & students 
Door: $17, $12 members & students

Baltimore's acclaimed Latin jazz band goes all Tito Puente on us with a tribute to The Palladium, the acclaimed New York Latin dance palace that launched the Newyorican salsa phenomenon. Mad fun Latin dance tunes (cha chas to mambos) from artists like Tito Puente, Machito, and Pres Prado make for a night of amazing musicianship and poly-rhythmic dance fun! Rumba Club adds a fourth horn player on baritone sax to really round out a true '50's era Latin sound.

"sticky grooves... impressive solos... cascading horns... heady piano" - Downbeat Magazine

"The finest dancing and listening music possible." - Latin Beat

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