Den of world dance. (New York).
Poet's Den, a tiny treasure box nestled in the basement of an East Harlem condominium building, launched its first dance season this spring. Visitors found friendly ushers and an intimate theater done up in maroon and gold and antique tapestries. The theater hosted a series featuring traditions from Spain to Korea. It will take a while to catch on. Very few of the ninety-nine red-velvet seats were taken on opening night when The University of the Philippines Alumni and Friends Rondalla offered a winning sample of polkas, waltzes, boleros, fandangos, and other rhythms redolent of Spanish culture. Musicians plucked on the bandurria, ocatavina, bass, and guitar; close your eyes and you're in Mexico or on the Mediterranean. For information on Poet's Den, call 212.427.1445.