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ALL ABOUT RITMO Y CAFE
Ritmo y Café is a dancing group created since 2004 and it has been positioned as one of the most important Latin American folklore groups in the city of London.
Its founder and choreographer, Alba Cielo Velasquez from Cali, Colombia, studied dance at the Conservatory of Arts and the Colombian Institute of Culture. Bringing 30 years of experience, she created and organized this group with a vision of promoting and maintaining the traditional culture among Latin communities. However, she has been incorporating different styles from different countries around the world later on to enrich the group. Her talent has been recognized in the community. She received the award as a Woman of the year in the “Liderazgo Latino awards” 2010-2011 as well as Culture award 2008-2009 as best dancing group.
This group started with 4 participants and now there are more than 35 participants between the ages of 4 to 17-years-old. The group also has support from the parents that voluntarily help the director, Alba Cielo, making all the costumes and ornaments.
Ritmo y Cafe works on producing several Colombian folk rhythms, but also, other musical choreographed worldwide; in order to participate in different events all over Ontario showing not only the strong Hispanic dancing heritage but also from different countries around the world.