By Nathan Duke Editor-in-Chief
Queens Medical Associates, a preeminent cancer care facility and infusion center based in Fresh Meadows that specializes in hematology and oncology, will host a special performance for its patients this holiday season.
Last year, medical assistant Maria Lopez performed the Marinera Nortena, a traditional style of Peruvian dance, for patients at Queens Medical Associates during the holidays. This year, she will bring in three students from a local dance school where she practices—Jackson Heights’ Corazon Peruano NY—to perform for the patients on Dec. 22.
“We are very excited to welcome these dancers into our office this holiday season,” said Dr. Barry Kaplan, the founder and president of Queens Medical Associates. “We strive to make the lives of our patients a bit brighter throughout the year, but especially during this wonderful time. Maria and these young people will definitely put smiles on their faces.”
Corazon Peruano NY was formed to promote the rich folkloric culture of Peru through dance. The name of the school translates to “Peruvian Heart,” and it is open to any members of the community who want to learn dances, regardless of nationality. With more than 500 dances, the Peruvian repertoire includes Valicha, Huaylas Carnaval and Antiguo, Tondero, Vals, Marinera Limena and the popular Marinera Nortena.
“I have danced Marinera for 22 years,” Lopez said. “When I dance and listen to the music, my heart is filled with love of my cultural roots and I am so happy to share this with the Queens Medical Associates patients. It gives me joy during the holidays and I hope that this does the same for them.”
Queens Medical Associates is located at 176-60 Union Turnpike, suite 360, in Fresh Meadows. For more information, call (718) 460-2300.
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