Albita is bound for Broadway
It seems like a minute ago (it was 1993) that a slightly strange Cuban singer arrived on Calle Ocho and became the sort of star in Miami that she had been in her homeland (her first Fidel-approved album, 1988's Habra Música Guajira, sold better on the international market than any previous state-issued record). The slicked-back hair and a down-to-earth demeanor belied her Madonna-like business acumen: Miami couldn't get enough as Albita -- who had spent two years in Colombia and become a major attraction before, with state approval, traveling to Mexico and literally walking into the United States, a direct kick in Fidel's nuts -- rocked out at Centro Vasco. She was quickly signed by the Estefans and released No Se Parece a Nada (Unlike Anything Else) on their label Crescent Moon.
Though the love affair between Albita and Miami has been a long, sweet one, she's saying goodbye with a solo show tonight at the Jackie Gleason Theater (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) at 7:00. A share of profits from the $36.50 to $56.50 tickets goes to Liga Contra el Cáncer/League Against Cancer (she lost a brother to the disease). Next up: Broadway and a role in The Mambo Kings. Goodbye, girl. Don't be a stranger. Call 305-673-7300. --Greg Baker
Tutus and Tattoos
Urban ballet from a local choreographer
The New World School of the Arts is Miami's real-life version of Fame; the students are effortlessly graceful and lithe, as dancers are. A former pupil is back for an amazing homecoming. Hattie Mae Williams returns in the role of choreographer and presents "Spectrum," a collection of dazzling dance performances by the Tattooed Ballerinas Dance Company, a fresh, modern troupe from New York. Their Subway Series reveals a guerrilla-style approach to their elegant art. Featured performances include Jewelry Box, 2 Room Flat, Fat Lady Solo, and 10 Items or Less, which blurs the lines between dance and performance art, having originally been performed in supermarkets and delis around New York City. The company will also debut a new work, The Invisible Pointe Shoe. Watch a local girl make good tonight and Saturday at 7:30 at the New World School of the Arts Dance Theater, 25 NE Second St., Miami. Admission is $15 for one show, $25 for both nights. Call 305-374-4008. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Come On and Do the Hustle
A dance so old it's new
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Although the hustle has matured and evolved since the Latin-influenced dance took the nation by storm in the ö70s, it's still considered by many as one of the cultural touchstones of the period. This year, with interest in the Me Decade surging -- especially in the spring fashion lines -- expect the retro-kittens to join the regular hoofers at the sixth annual International Hustle and Salsa Competition at the Radisson Hotel (1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The usual contests and workshops will be offered through Sunday, April 10, as well as Copacabana Night and the popular Broadway Show, which are great for those who simply want to watch. Call 954-358-0168, or visit www.hustleandsalsa.com for a complete schedule. --Margaret Griffis
She'll dance if she wants to, even if she looks Like an Idiot. Hey, we're not being mean; that's the name of Cristina Moura's solo urban dance piece, which is a performance of different impulses and transformations of personal discoveries. The mixed-ability work Not Yet will also be performed tonight and Saturday at 8:30 at the Byron Carlyle Theater, 500 71st St., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $20 to $50. Call 305-545-8546, or visit www.tigertail.org. -- Lyssa Oberkreser