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ArtSmart Family First Saturday Concert Series


Magic Carpet: World Dance and Rhythms

Tandy Beal and Company presents the ArtSmart Family First Saturday Concert Series, Magic Carpet: World Dance and Rhythms! You don't need a passport for this Magic Carpet tour around the world! Tandy Beal & Co. has provided a limited number of free tickets to library cardholders through our Discover & Go platform. Experience a dazzling variety of world dance and music in downtown Santa Cruz. Children, parents, siblings, and grandparents can experience the beauty of our world through traditional dances and music, gaining a larger sense of the world around us and a greater appreciation for our various heritages.

On this year's Magic Carpet ride, children and adults can enjoy colorful art and stunning footwork from Mexican Folklórico with Corazón En Flor, John and Nancy Lingemann's intricate footwork in Argentinian Tango, and the ancient drumming practice of Japanese Taiko, performed by Watsonville Taiko. The audience will be invited to witness some of Polynesia's sacred and festive dances, danced by Te Hau Nui. The audience will see the irrepressible energy and poise from Mohamed Bangoura, performing Congolese dance and, in Shakti Bhakti, the grace and strength of Odissi dance from India!

All performances in the series will have tickets available through Discover & Go during the 2 months prior to the event. For a full listing of events in the Family First Saturday Concert Series, visit

Magic Carpet: World Dance and Rhythms
Saturday • November 3 • 11:00am
Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Fronst St.
Downtown Santa Cruz

How to reserve a pass:

To get your pass, visit and log in with your library card number and PIN or password. Search for Tandy Beal & Company in the venue list, or by date. Print your pass, which grants free admission to one adult and one child. You must be in your seat at least 5 minutes before the performance begins, or your ticket may be sold. A limited number of tickets are Free.

If you'd like to support this series directly, please visit the Tandy Beal ticket site for Group Rates and Discounts on Season Passes.

More on the Performers:

Te Hau Nui (School of Hula and Tahitian Dance) Twenty years ago Kumu Lorraine Kalei Kinnamon, director of Kuhai Halau O Kaleiokalaua'e School of Hula and Tahitian Dance, began teaching, and founded the school in Santa Cruz, California. Her Kumu and inspiration is Loea Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, with whom she undertakes formal studies in hula. She has taught Polynesian Dance at San Jose State University, and teaches hula, Tahitian and Maori dance classes at her Te Hau Nui School of Hula and Tahitian Halau, Capitola Parks and Recreation, UCSC, and in Vienna, Austria. Over the years, dancers of Te Hau Nui have performed numerous events and celebrations throughout the Greater Bay Area.

Shakti Bhakti
Shakti Bhakti Ensemble is a Santa Cruz-based dance company dedicated to the exposition of Odissi Classical Indian Dance. Shakti Bhakti dancers are passionate about sharing the ancient art of Odissi Dance with audiences around the world. Revital Carroll, Shakti Bhakti's founder and artistic director, studied Odissi Dance with some of India's most eminent dance gurus; Gangadhar Pradhan, Bichitrannada Swain, Sujata Mohapatra, and Ratikant Mohapatra, to name a few. She teaches and performs world wide, continuing her studies under Niharika Mohanty of Guru Shradha.

Mohamed Bangoura (Guinea)
Mohamed "Cloubou" Bangoura is a master teacher, musician, mentor and performer of dance and drum from Guinea, West Africa. Mohamed movied to the Bay Area in 2009. Mohamed and his family come from the Susu people of Dubreka, where he began dancing at the age of 10, developing as a professional dancer under the guidance of Alya Gigla Sylla, in Gigla's private ballet troop, Ballet Saamato. He earned the nickname "Cloubou," meaning someone who never runs out of energy to dance! Cloubou was recruited to dance with Ballet Fareta, and the national Ballet Djoliba. In the course of two decades of teaching, choreographing, and performing dance, Mohamed has taught in schools with Global Lounge, and been the artistic director of the dance troupe Bala Boise. Mohamed and his son are settled in Santa Cruz, returning home to Guinea to inspire others and reignite their love of Guinea culture and music.

John and Nancy Lingemann
Nancy Lingemann is a lifelong dancer whose Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance training took her to Madrid, Spain each winter for 18 years to study with the maestros Paco Romero and Ciro and La Tati, and maestro Jose Galvan of Sevilla, including others. Nancy was a performer and soloist with Diana Alejandre's Arte Flamenco de San Jose Company from 1992-2012. She taught Spanish Dance with Ballet San Jose from 1999-2012, then for Dennis Nahat at Theater Ventures Int'l in 2013, and continues to teach at her home studio in Bonny Doon. Nancy and her husband John have performed Argentine Tango with Tandy Beal for many years and have given weekly Wednesday night classes at Calvary Episcopal Church since 2000.

Corazón En Flor (Folkórico Dance Company)
Corazón En Flor was founded in 1990 by Esteban Ortiz and Elda Mendez- Ortiz, bringing young people into the love of folklorico dance. The company began with children, and now those children, as adults, are still performing. Corazón has performed with Tandy Beal & Company in Dance Around the World, Listening to the Earth, Mixed Nutz, Magic Carpet and more. Esteban teaches migrant education in the Watsonville Schools and is on TB&C's ArtSmart Leadership Circle.

Watsonville Taiko
The Japanese word "Taiko" means "big drum." It refers to drums of a simple and elegant design which has remained unchanged from the 5th century throughout the ages. The music remains rooted in traditional Japanese songs and rhythms, incorporating musical elements from around the world in a visually dominant performance. Watsonville Taiko was founded by Jim Hooker in September 1991 as a Taiko drumming community of performers and supporters. Ikuyo Conant was appointed artistic director in 1992 and set the group's goal to, through exploration of Taiko, develop an art that combines drumming with folklore, mythology and symbolism.

Tandy Beal and Company is proud to partner with sponsors to make this series possible: the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Lighthouse Bank, and Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building. For more information visit

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