.Santa Cruz in Photos: Practicing Dance Moves in Step

Jessamine Delancey and Bret Arnold Balekita rehearse dance steps from the Congo at Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz.

Balekita is dressed as a chief from the city where he is from, Brazzaville, the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo. Delancey said they perform at a variety of venues, from cultural fairs and gatherings to private parties and celebrations.


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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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