Celebrate Global Interdepen-Dance Day and parade
Tonight Thursday Night Marketplace kicks off its nine-week run with a really special show. Celebrating Global Interdepen-Dance Day, there will be a parade at 6:30 p.m., led by the internationally famous SambaDá, a band and dance troupe that will also present a staged performance.
This parade is great fun and a high point of the season – flamboyant “Brazilian Beat Street” carnival-style dancing along Mill Street, then down E. Main Street all the way to the stage. Everybody joins in this spectacle, including Grass Valley’s capoeira school doing their Afro-Brazilian dance with its acrobatic, break dance, martial arts moves; flashy Salsa Sierra, hippie dancers, hula hoppers, fire spinners, bicyclists in costume on their bike floats and groups representing peace and the environment.
SambaDá headlines the evening. Colorful, energetic and full of the moves of samba, capoeira, funk, reggae and hip hop, this group is well known around the West and has headlined the three biggest carnival parties in California at the beginning of 2008.
“They truly are one of my all time favorite groups,” says Rich Oberleitner of Grass Valley, “and I’ve traveled great distances to see them, often dancing at such a ecstatic level that I have a hard time walking the next day.”
The parade, which has taken the combined efforts of many folks to pull it together, ends at the stage in the vicinity of City Hall, where the music and dancing continue through 9:30 p.m.
Up at the other end of E. Main opposite the Holbrooke Hotel is the Youth Stage, hosted by Foothill Media group (a.k.a. the FARM). The Shreds perform there tonight.
More great music and entertainment is scheduled for Thursday Night Marketplace in the weeks to come — all free. What a deal!
See more about some of the dancing groups and individuals who are participating tonight: http://www.sambada.com; http://www.myspace.com/theshreds1; ww.foothillmedia.org; world rhythms dance teacher, http://www.Dr-Rich.com; capoeira at 272-9743; Kit Bailey at (530) 265-1964; Afro-Brazilian dance at 530) 575-6343; salsasierra.com and http://www.myspace.com/halliandwhitneydanceacademy.
This article was prepared with the help of Dr. Rich Oberleitner.
(Editor’s note: While the event producer does his best to make sure things start on time, sometimes entertainers are a little more flexible. Thus, the parade’s beginning time of 6:30 at the Del Oro Theatre may be approximate.)
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