- Grand Parade: May 30, 2010
Thriving in the heart of the Mission District for 33 years, the MCCLA has been a staple in Carnaval San Francisco since it’s early days. MCCLA’s contingent prides itself on being open to people of all ages and dance abilities. This year, we enter our 5th year of partnership with Edison Academic Charter School. Together with youth from our Multicultural Afterschool Program and our adult dancers, we will present “MI GROOVY BOOGALOO” for the 2010 Carnaval SF Parade. Our theme takes a fond look back at the colorful and highly musical latin-retro period of the late 1960s.
Elizabeth Soberanes, former Carnaval Queen and creator of Latin Dance Grooves, is the Lead Choreographer. She is assisted by Co-Choreographer Bianca Coleman and Rehearsal Assistant Eyla Moore. For music, we enjoy the accompaniment of the fabulous MCCLA Youth Orquesta Futuro Picante, under the leadership of musical director Jose Leon, MCCLA Youth Program Coordinator. In this contingent, more than 200 dancers will theatrically boogaloo, cha cha cha, salsa, and sing along the parade route—joyfully following our very chévere float. Dancers will portray go-go dancers and classic 1960s latin-retro characters inspired by fun and funky spy movies of the era.
This year, MCCLA will also join forces with an enthusiastic group of dancers from the historic Mission bi-lingual newspaper El Tecolote, which celebrates its 40 year Anniversary in 2010.
Music: Futuro Picante Youth Band (Jose Leon and Miguel Govea)
Lead Choreographer: Elizabeth Soberanes
Co-choreographer: Bianca Coleman
Rehearsal Assistant: Eyla Moore
El Doctor Calvera
Los mimi-mi’s (Youth)
In 2010, Latin dance and music are in danger of extinction! Our heroes have to travel back in time to rescue the Latin Boogaloo rhythms that flourished during the late 1960’s and THEN mysteriously disappeared. They travel back in time to this era to learn to dance to Latin Boogaloo music. When they arrive, the dancers from that era try to distract our heroes with other American dances of the 60’s (like the Twist, the Mashed Potato, and the Monkey). But instead, our heroes manage to entice these villains with the beautiful rhythms of Latin music and teach them to dance to our sophisticated Latin beat. Everybody returns to the present to dance a fusion of old and new with a blend of Salsa, Boogaloo and contemporary popular urban dances of today. Latin music is here to stay!
“Mi Groovy Boogaloo” acknowledges and recognizes the history, influence, richness and sophistication of Latin dance and music, and the importance of keeping our dance, music, traditions and cultural legacies alive and evolving for future generations.