Caribbean rhythms, Cuban dancing and Colombian cuisine were just a few of the highlights of the Rumba Latina event held at the Town ‘N Country Senior Center.
The group T’NC played lively and rhythmic tunes, punctuated with congas and claves. Women in long ruffled dresses were twirling and chasing around each other. A few men in felt were able to dance among the ladies, before getting lost in swirls of colorful flowing skirts. A woman draped the Ecuadorian flag around her shoulders and kept flapping with her hips. Another woman held up a sign that read “Mexico Lindo” (beautiful Mexico) and smiled as she shook her head and shuffled onto the dance floor. From the sidelines, a chorus of hoots could be heard over rhythmic applause.
It felt like a Saturday night, but it was early on a Friday afternoon. If you looked closely enough, you could see that the occasional dancer had a cane in his hand. Beneath the crowns of ribbons and flowers worn by the ladies was gray and white hair. What looked like a club in Ybor was actually an event in
Town ‘N Country Senior Center.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the center hosted “Rumba Latina”. The elderly were invited to spend the afternoon dancing and dancing to the sound of a 7-piece band. Guests also enjoyed a meal served by Colombian food truck Vamos. More than 100 seniors came for the festive party. Those who did not let go on the dance floor watched and smiled, others stamped their feet and applauded. The upbeat music and upbeat energy were contagious. The band T’NC proved that classic Latin hits never get old and that music can really make you feel ageless.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the country each year, from September 15 to October 15. This is an opportunity to honor the culture, history and contributions of people from Spanish-speaking countries. These include Spain, Mexico, Caribbean countries, and countries in Central and South America. September 15 has a special significance in that it is the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Hispanic Heritage Month is especially significant in Hillsborough County, where Hispanic Americans make up nearly 30% of the population.
Town ‘N Country Senior Center
The Town ‘N Country Senior Center offers a variety of resources for seniors (50+), including group activities, transportation assistance, adult daycare, financial assistance for low-income households in need of crisis assistance energy and meals. Meal services are available for people 60 and older who are registered participants. The Center does not charge a membership fee for Hillsborough County adults age 50 and older. For more information on registration, call (813) 873-6336. The center is located at 7606 Paula Dr., Tampa, FL, 33615and is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Photo Info: Marisol Rodriquez of Manaqua, Nicaragua twirls on the dance floor.