The Bewitching Hour Comes to the Alvarado Transportation Center, Friday, Oct. 25
“Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand…” Vincent Price originally spoke those words in the song “Thriller.” But he could have been describing the Halloween-mood dancers will try to create at the Alvarado Transportation Center on Friday, October 25.
That’s when Albuquerque’s Soirée Entertainment Dance Company and dancers from the United Hip-Hop Family will feature a dance production along with music from Alma Productions from noon to 1 p.m. at the Transportation Center at First and Central SW.
At noon, dancers clad in black will start filtering into the fountain area in front of the building. They will then begin a series of dances along a Halloween theme. One of the performances will feature a “Haunted Tango.” Another will evoke the memory of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There will also be performances set to music such as Santana’s “Black Magic Woman,” Bobby (Boris) Picket’s “Monster Mash” and The Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach (an organ piece often associated with horror movies).
Soirée Entertainment Dance Company was founded in 2009 by Emily Dunkin. The troupe’s goal is to fuse different styles of dance and entertainment, including ballroom, ballet, jazz, singing and acting. They accomplish this, they say, because their performers have diverse backgrounds in many forms of entertainment. Soirée has performed at different locations and events around Albuquerque. They most recently performed at the Alvarado Transportation Center on Oct. 3, when they choreographed a series of salsa dances to the music of the band Calle 66.
United Hip-Hop Family is an Albuquerque-based group of four dancers, some of whom grew up in the break-dancing style. For over a decade, this dance crew has performed all over the country.
Alma Productions will provide music for the show. It frequently provides music not only for the performances of the Soirée Entertainment Dance Company around town, but also for events at different venues around Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Prepare to channel your inner zombie or ghoul, if for no more than an hour at lunchtime. And get an early start on Halloween with one of the area’s most entertaining and scary performances of the season.