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(A.K.A. Delille Thomas) Valantines Salsa/Mambo Bash at
Il Campanello on 2/11/00.
Mambo D's seasonal Salsa/Mambo parties are getting better, bigger, and hotter each time.
Delille Thomas, (mambo D's real name,) held a Valintines party at
Il Campanello restaurant on West 31
Street in New York City. All of the regular Mambo-nicks were in attendance plus a
few celebraties for good measure
(José Alberto "El Canario",
and Jackie Mason). DJ Nelson Torres
played his usual mix of mostly medium to fast speed
Salsa spiced up with a few cha-cha-chá's.
For this event I wanted to get there early. I had checked the web to get directions to the
restaurant (and to find out what shoes to wear for the floor), but in the
haste to get home get clean, and get beautiful I left the information at the office.
I had read over the information earlier in the day but all I could remember
was that the restaurant was on 31 Street and that the dance floor was medium speed.
The night was bitter cold and it was no fun walking about in Midtown Manhattan without
clear directions to the "On-2" dejour. I was lucky and was able to find the place before
my cheeks froze.
I arrived at 10:00 PM; about one hour into the event (that lasted until 3:00 PM).
The place was at full Mambo and the free buffet was all ready on the table with steaming
chrome trays of two types of pasta and a chicken dish. The meal was accompanied with
designer salad (you know the kind with all sorts of garden weeds that add a slightly
bitter taste to it). I got in line after warming up with a couple of dances and was
invited to table, upstairs on the balcony overlooking the dance floor, by some
acquaintances from the New York Mambo scene. Now, New Yorkers are not famous for being
neither friendly nor open but this is not what I have found in the New York Salsa/Mambo
community. The talk was light hearted and the other three people at table waited until
everybody was finished to descend the stairs to the now percolating dance floor.
Mambo D (Delille) and Glenda gave a demonstration of traditional mambo which was
followed by a dance by a couple of dance students from Delille's class. Delille
teaches his students how to dance with their whole body and his students danced
beautifully. This was followed by a New York Style birthday dance. Then came the
cake and Mambo, Mambo, and more Mambo. The floor was packed by mid-evening but the
dancers (who in New York dance in a "slot") were courteous and there was minimal bumping
and stepping on each other. Every time Mambo D out does himself with his party, which is
given every three months, and this night was no exception.
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