Piel Canela Dance Company Presents “Que Rico Mambo 3” at the Apollo Theater

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Piel Canela - New York Center for Latin Art is presenting “Que Rico Mambo” at the Apollo Theater.

Piel Canela Dance Company returns to the stage with even greater zeal as they produce the third installment of “Que Rico Mambo”, at the world famous Apollo Theater. With performances scheduled for July 19 and 20, “Que Rico Mambo,” focuses on the Salsa music of the '80s and '90s.

“The production will revolve mostly around Salsa, but the presence of other genres like Merengue, Bachata, Hip Hop, House & Freestyle music will be felt as they were all influential styles of the times,” said Piel Canela owner Joe Burgos.

Five years ago, Piel Canela Dance Company moved away from just being a dance team and rose to the challenge of becoming a full fledged dance company by producing its own dance musical at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Two years later, after multiple sold out shows, they ventured into a new, larger venue and produced their second dance musical at Aaron Davis Hall.

Their first off-Broadway show, Que Rico Mambo 1: The Beginning (2007) is a look inside Piel Canela Dance Company and the behind-the-scenes preparation for their first off-Broadway show. For Que Rico Mambo 2: Ayer y Hoy (2009), this second production focused on the last 25 years of Salsa. The production dealt with questions and issues such as what happened after the Palladium?, the ups and downs of mambo, and what new bands, clubs, and sounds came about after the 1960s?

For Que Rico Mambo 3: Romantico (2013), viewers will take a trip down memory lane and fall in love again to the Latin music of the '80s and '90s. Que Rico Mambo 3 will feature 24 dancers, 14 musical pieces and a variety of videos from today’s leading musicians and vocalists, which will help explain the Salsa music of the 80s & 90s.

“Today’s younger generation always asks me what it was like living through the “romantic era” of Salsa, or as they jokingly say "way back" in the '80s. So I got to work and decided to show them by producing our third dance production that will reflect the music, dance and feeling of that era in Latin Music,” said Burgos. “Que Rico Mambo 3 will also serve as an educational tool as we bring back the wonders of this time and expose this music to a younger generation, with all the nuances of time past.”

Many remember those amazing Salsa love songs, but what was it like to be out dancing at a Latin club? How did people dress, what did they eat, where did they go dancing? Que Rico Mambo 3 will paint the picture of that era and interpret it through the art of dance. “It has taken us a year to put this production together. Training dancers from the ground up is certainly not an easy task, but there no greater joy to me to see my students dancing as other students and guests cheer them on. Also, I enjoy the fact that these productions serve an educational and historic purpose,” said Burgos.

Que Rico Mambo proudly returns for its third installment July 19 and 20, 2013, and will be held at the iconic Apollo Theater, 253 W125th Street. Tickets will be available through http://www.ticketmaster.com.

About the Company:
Piel Canela began 13 years ago with five students learning Salsa and has since become the largest Latin dance school in New York City. Piel Canela Dance School offers over 140 classes a week, in over 20 different styles of dance (including Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Zouk, Kizomba, Reggaeton, Hustle, Swing, Samba, Tango, Hip Hop, Zumba, Flamenco and more) with different levels of expertise. Piel Canela has grown beyond a traditional dance school and is now offering classes in Latin music, spoken Spanish language, and fitness. Recently launched Piel Canela Events organizes Latin dance productions, connecting the community with Latin arts and culture. Visit their website for more information http://www.pielcanelaartcenter.com/.

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