While little is known about the dancer “Tanya,” she made quite an impression on Providence in 1952. A May 3, 1952 Baltimore Afro-American article reported that Tanya was a member of Katharine Dunham’s dance school in New York City, and taught Afro-Cuban dancing there.

–written by Lydia Kelow-Bennett


Tanya dances at the Celebrity Club with Cuban musician Joe Curbelo

The Baltimore Afro-American reported on Tanya's Afro-Cuban dancing twice in May 1952, based on a two-week set of performances she did at the Celebrity Club. Tanya was a rumba dancer. One of those performances was in conjunction with the Celebrity Club's 1 year anniversary celebration, where she collaborated with Cuban musician Jose Curbelo.

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