Written by Katherine Athanasiou, firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, 26 January 2014 00:00
Estampas Folkloricas Peru kicked off their 2014 season this past weekend with a performance at the Hicksville Public Library. The nonprofit organization delighted the packed community room with numerous traditional dances from several regions of Peru.
Estampas Folkloricas Peru (EFP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Peruvian culture and folklore. The group was started by Luis Mostacero, a Lima, Peru native who came to the United States in 2000. He had a background in performing and dancing in Peru and wanted to start a dance group with the intention of “preserving, promoting, and diffusing Peruvian folklore and cultural manifestations through traditional music and dance.”
“With the support of my family, I was able to start it. It started small, but now there are about 18 members,” Mostacero says. In the 14 years since its creation, EFP has taken part in numerous festivals and celebrations honoring Peruvian culture, in communities across the Tri-state area as well as in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.
Within the organization itself lays tremendous diversity, as members hail from all different regions of Peru. This makes each dance they perform its own unique experience, encompassing the varying traditions and costumes of the Peruvian coast, mountains and jungle. Sunday afternoon’s performance included dances from several regions of Peru, which illustrated the importance of agriculture and romance to the Peruvian people.
The performance included the Wititi dance as well as the Marinera, the national dance of Peru ,which was performed by nine-year-olds, Ariana Padilla and Bryan Rodriguez. The Marinera is an elegant and spontaneous dance, in which the man attempts to conquer the women, who remains ever so playful. Using handkerchiefs as props, the pair court each other, until the woman ultimately accepts the man’s proposal.
As the dancers transitioned between costumes and dances, the large audience was entertained by Peruvian music played by Walter Rojas. Rojas played a variety of pan flutes, and his rendition of “My Heart Will Go On,” was a crowd favorite. He also played the charango, a five double stringed instrument, belonging to the lute family.
At the end of the performance, the members of EFP invited audience members to join them on stage, teaching attendees of all ages basic Peruvian dance moves. Learn more about Estampas Folkloricas Peru at www.estampasny.com.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
Linda Cafiero has been a yoga and tai chi instructor, as well as reiki master, for well over 10 years. Last week she brought her meditation expertise to the Hicksville Public Library. Cafiero hosted a meditation workshop at the library for an intimate group of individuals seeking to gain a few moments of peace and serenity in their hectic and fast-paced world.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:38
Residents in the Hicksville School District will have a few more dollars added to their taxes as a result of a new school tax exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being asked to provide this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks for vets based on whether or not they saw combat or suffered a disability.
While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:40
Hicksville’s Matthew Sloan faced off against the best young soccer players in the world recently, as he traveled to Turkey with the Olympic Developmental Program.
The Hicksville High School freshman started playing soccer when he was three and advanced his game to a more competitive level at age 10, when he was chosen to play with the Long Island Rough Riders. Sloan plays other sports and is on the boys basketball team, but says that he loves soccer because of the fast pace, and because of the coaches who have had a great influence on him throughout his training.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:45
The Hicksville Middle School Kickline claimed victory again recently at the Scholastic Kickline Competition held at Nassau Community College. The team competed against top kickline teams and placed second in hip hop, third in pom and third in kick. County legislator Rose Walker, an honorary Hicksville Kickline team member, supported the girls at the competition. The middle school kickline team’s season began in September, and includes dancing at football and basketball games and competing in three tourneys. Their last competition of the season was March 2 at Nassau Community College. The girls are coached by Hicksville kickline alumni Katelyn Heuser, Victoria Shannon and Laura Bueche.