WHEN: SATURDAY, SEP 15, 2018 (celebrating the Mint’s Grand Re-Opening and Latin American Heritage Month) 7:00PM – 11:30PM
WHERE: Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street
COST: ADMISSION: $13 / $9.75 MINT MEMBERS; $1 OFF General Admission before 9 PM
Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night began at Mint Museum Uptown in 2012 to reflect the region’s diverse and inclusive commUNITY through music, dancing, visual art, and cultural appreciation. Held on one of the best dance floors in Charlotte, this bi-monthly drop-in event presents varied cultural themes. Mint to Move is not just a dance party but rather an artistic and cultural experience paying tribute to artists and Latin, African, & Caribbean islands/countries.
Adults enjoy 4 hours of Afro-House, Afro-Cuban and Latin-American dance rhythms with House DJ Jorge Moran, live musicians, and unique themes to celebrate multi-cultures, ethnic and gender diversity, dance, visual and performing art. Guests can semba, salsa, bachata, cha cha, line dance, and step to other dance forms relative to various global communities as well as enjoy other performing and visual art, including live painting by local artists and a cultural art activity.
Mint to Move also offers discount admission before 9 pm and free dance lessons @ 7:45 and 9:00 p.m. with Rumbao Latin Dance Company. Ball room, Latin salsa, and other dance programs are welcome. Complimentary snacks and party favors are offered while they last, along with a cash bar.
Each December, Dia de las Velitas, a Colombia, South America tradition, is held as a part of the event to foster unity, family, cultural appreciation, and comradery.
Community partners include ArtSí Charlotte, the Puerto Rican Society of Charlotte, Rumbao Latin Dance Company, Comite’de Fiestas Patrias y Tradiciones de Charlotte, Líderes Colombianos en Charlotte, Soy Como Tú, and the UNCC Africana Studies Department.
Mint to Move has brought spectacular performers and emerging artists to join in the celebration, such as Orquesta Mayor, Café Amaretto, and Rico Oscar; featured live painters include Barbara Ellis, Curtis King, Lillian White, Monica Veckruise, Julio Gonzalez, Elisa Lopez Trejo, and Leonor Demori Neisler; and poets: Herrison Chicas, Quentin Talley, Kurma Murrain, Irania Patterson, and José G. Vásquez.