Comparsa Key West

Our Comparsa Key West Group is made up of approximately fifty Key Westers. We go from high school kids to a Hemingway look-alike, to a doctor, and even a couple veteran Comparsa dancers. The one thing we all have in common is that we are "Cuban at heart". We will relive the days of the old Comparsa dancers in Key West and lead the "Coast to Coast" Conga Line, Friday, June 20 at 7:30 PM, headed by our leader, Iniz Fabelo.

The history of Comparsa dancing in Key West goes back to the days of the Cuban Cigar factory workers who would gather at the Cuban Club on Duval Street and dance on Saturday nights as a form of entertainment. Ladies and Gentlemen would dance in synchronized steps and weave in and out as they saschaed down the street. Men with "Farolas" (paper-mache lanterns) would dance on the perimeter of the lines and twirl them creating a carnival-like atmosphere. Costumes were bright and flashy with layers of ruffles. Movements were fluid and smooth responding to the Afro-Cuban drums.

If you would like to join our group, please show up at the Salt Ponds tennis court and sign in. Everybody is welcome.

For more information, call Inez Fabelo at 296-9692.

Pictured below are some or our Comparsa pictures.




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