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Dancing in the Streets: Hoboken 2014

By Bbenzon @bbenzon
20140928-IMGP1039 Yesterday was Hoboken’s Arts and Music Festival and a good time was certainly had by many. The good news is that there was dancing in the streets. The not-so-good news is that there wasn’t enough of it and, as I explained in this post, Children in Search of the Dance, about a different outdoor musical event, many kids were frustrated and confused. The music had them moving, but they didn’t quite know what to do. At least a half dozen times, for example, these little girls would run into the dance area in front of the stage and then turn around a go back to the sidelines. 20140928-IMGP0943 They wanted to move, but didn’t quite know how or where.
This little girl kept moving to the front and dancing, her little brother at her side: 20140928-IMGP0968 He wasn’t so sure as she was. But momma would pull them back for some reason. Did she think their dancing somehow inappropriate? 20140928-IMGP0961 Still, she got some moves off: 20140928-IMGP0978 Notice the white slacks behind her? They’re on this man: 20140928-IMGP0927 He would dance in a deliberate and stately way. He knew what he was doing, had been doing it all his life. And after awhile he attracted a partner or two: 20140928-IMGP0939 Fact is, the most dancing took place with the last act on the bill, Frnakie Morales and the Mambo of Today: 20140928-IMGP0990 He attracted a Hispanic crowd and they seemed more comfortable dancing than the whiter denizens of Hoboken. They grew up in a culture where social dancing was more common. 20140928-IMGP1001 20140928-IMGP1034

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