Dance gatherings and street processions are a part of everything in Leon, Nicaragua, the sister city of Gettysburg, but now everything proceeds with the caution that’s part of a worldwide pandemic.

Still, folkloric dance is part of a fabric of life even for young people in Nicaragua, who might know all about salsa, meringue, hip hop and even twerking, but also know the way of using a traditional long dress and a guayabera-style male shirt to perform the twirls, curtsy and bow, plus walkabout of traditional styles.

Greg Bowles is the current director for Project Gettysburg Leon, the sister city program between Gettysburg and the country of Nicaragua that was founded in 1986.

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