2012-07-20 / Community

Flamenco On The Boards At Beach 96 Street


Guitarist Bernard Schaller with Flamenco singer Klaus Jekeli (L) Guitarist Bernard Schaller with Flamenco singer Klaus Jekeli (L) Last Sunday, July 15, beach-goers were treated to a lively Flamenco dance performance on the boardwalk at the Beach 96 Street concession area. On hand was the Don Diego Flamenco Dance Company organized by Don Riepe, better known as the Jamaica Bay Guardian for the American Littoral Society.

By day, Don patrols the bay for polluters; at night he occasionally changes gear and performs flamenco with dancer Josie LaRiccia and guitarist Bernard Schaller. Many people were mesmerized by the sound of castanets and rhythmic footwork associated with the gypsies of Spain. “The people eating at the concession were very appreciative, and many passersby stopped to watch as well,“ said Don. “The food at the concession is varied and really good. I hope we can do this again later in the year.

It’s nice to see the Rockaways being revitalized.“ After the show, Rockaway Taco owner David Selig treated the group to some tasty sushi and flautas. Different performances are scheduled on weekends for the rest of summer.



Lovely Lisa Nazli performing the soulful dance called “Solea” as passersby watch from the boardwalk Lovely Lisa Nazli performing the soulful dance called “Solea” as passersby watch from the boardwalk

Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe (a.k.a “Don Diego”) displaying some fast heelwork for the crowd at Rockaway Taco on Beach 96 Street and the boardwalk. Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe (a.k.a “Don Diego”) displaying some fast heelwork for the crowd at Rockaway Taco on Beach 96 Street and the boardwalk.

Josie LaRiccia (L.) and her group perform a dance called Fandangos while Don Riepe provides palmas (handclapping) percussion support. Josie LaRiccia (L.) and her group perform a dance called Fandangos while Don Riepe provides palmas (handclapping) percussion support.

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