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Sirena Serpentina 2009: Bringing the Fire to New City School By Kim LaChance-Shandrow

The fiery dancers of Sirena Serpentina have done it again! For the second year in a row, Long Beach's popular tribal baile de fuego troupe dazzled the crowd at our Long Beach Boulevard campus during their spectacular Sat., June 13 fundraiser to benefit the children and programs of New City Public Schools. The talented women of Sirena Serpentina are: Tree Fairy (longtime New City mama Rachel Fernandes, mom to students Kainoa and Malia), Firefaerie Shoshanna (Shoshanna Grunwalk), Gypsina (Tanya Quinn), Shapeshifter (Chrissy Cox) and Yarrow Elffly (Heather Harrington). Our heartfelt thanks go out to the ladies of Sirena Serpentina and the wonderful musicians, drummers, stagehands and fire technicians who accompanied them. Each kindly donated their time, effort, equipment and gifts for a great cause —our kids! In all, they helped us raise a total of approximately $2,200! Great job! This year's performance included the debut performances of four New City student dancers, including Maggie Morey, Namaste Roberts, Rachel's daughter Malia Fernandes and Natalia Vasquez. They took to the front of the stage in 1950s-style outfits that they designed and crafted themselves. Bravo to our talented young performers! We're proud of you! Another addition to the evening spectacular were two wonderful live performances by Brian Scott, New City after-school music maestro, Roberto Sanchez, our new New City La Tierra music maestro and Roberto's wife. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music and vocals with all who attended. We feel honored to count such

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gifted individuals among the New City family. A big thank you also goes out to the many New City madres, padres, maestros, estudientes y camaradas who made this fundraiser possible. We would also like to express our gratitude to parent Cecila Danziger, who has voluntarily spearheaded many, many successful New City fundraisers. We're happy to announce that her daughter, Donna, one of New City's first-ever students from our 2000 inaugural el Mar class, will be moving on to Long Beach Polytechnic High School's internationally-acclaimed Center of International Commerce (CIC) program. Of course, muchas gracias goes to each of our generous event volunteers, including those of you who kept everyone in the audience warm with fresh hot cocoa and coffee and delicious homemade baked treats. Dozens of New City supporters and Sirena Serpentina fans spread out on the hill overlooking the stage, while others in chairs sat close enough to “feel the heat!” as Pine campus el Mar student, Max Miller, exclaimed. The show included elaborately choreographed and costumed fire dances, live music and soulful drumming. Sirena Serpentina's eclectic style blends flaming poi dancing from New Zealand's native Maori with modern choreography and music. Missed the fiery fundraiser? You can catch up with Sirena Serpentina online at www.sirenaserpentina.com for an updated list of their upcoming shows, as well as the group's popular poi, yoga and belly dancing classes. Namaste, Rachel and her fellow Sirena Serpentina sisters!

June 2009 - English  

NCS World Kitchen 6 June 2009 Volume 2, Issue 8 What NCS Means to Me 3 Thank You Volunteers 8 Individual Highlights: Our Mission By Lisa Mil...

June 2009 - English  

NCS World Kitchen 6 June 2009 Volume 2, Issue 8 What NCS Means to Me 3 Thank You Volunteers 8 Individual Highlights: Our Mission By Lisa Mil...

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