The Houston Symphony featuring Tiempo Libre, turned up the heat at the end of what had been a hot summer-like day, with “Hot Night in Havana,” at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this past Thursday, May 24. The show featured Latin standards, Santana covers, and of course, Cuban music with its wide assortment of traditional percussion instruments.
Not since Ricky Ricardo took to the airwaves, have we seen such energy and passion in music! It was difficult to keep them in their seats, so the Pavilion staff didn’t. Guests were invited to the orchestra pit to release their own energy and show off their best salsa moves. See for yourself…youtube
Of course, a fabulous demonstration by Strictly Street Salsa, enabled the audience to pick up a few dance steps before taking to the dance floor. By the time the orchestra and Tiempo Libre heated up, the outdoor temperature had dropped by 20 degrees with a sustained breeze, so everyone just kept dancing. In fact, at the end of the show, some were still dancing as they were leaving. The new exercise craze, ‘Dance Walking,’ is picking up steam here in The Woodlands. Hopefully the Swing Era music will eventually make an appearance at the Pavilion so that we can keep ‘em dancing.
In the meantime, if you want to see a wide range of dance steps, Boni’s Dance & Performing Arts Studio will be at the Pavilion this weekend with their annual program. This year’s event is titled Boni’s Jukebox Café, and with another 20-degree predicted drop in temperature, there should be some hot dance numbers that will be really cool! Who said there’s not a good place to go dancing in this town?