The Cayo Huesa Comparsa Dancers performing at the 1991 Florida Folk Festival (Main stage)

Date: May 24, 1991

Source: S1576 , T91-15

Type: Sound

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  • One reel to reel recording. Devine served as emcee. The dance troupe (comparsas) was founded by Emelia Fernandez in Key West. Danny Acosta led the band that accompanied the dances. The Cuban dance has African roots, and is usually performed in long conga lines. Dancers dress in elaborate, ruffled outfits. The tradition began in Key West in 1938. Emelia herself arrived in Florida in 1959. She and her daughter Irene revived the dance tradition in the early 1990s. For images of their performance, see S 1577, v. 60, slides S92-557 - S92-567.

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