February 25, 2007
Club Deep – 16 West 21st Street
Written by Eve Hyman
Photographed by Gavin
Alma is a monthly
party that celebrates Brazilian music and dance
in an NYC club setting. I’ve been to Alma
at the Sullivan room, but I was excited to see the
special Carnaval (Portuguese spelling) show and
join in the festivities. For this party, Alma teamed
up with 718 Sessions, another party with a solid
following. Renowned DJ Danny Krivit joined Miller
Cruz and DJ True of Alma to bring in Carnival in
style at Club Deep in Chelsea.
My friend Elijah
braved the snow from Brooklyn to dance off the President’s
Day eve blues with me and a couple hundred other
sweaty, smiling revelers. I immediately ran into
friends who were enjoying the show – live
drums by the Samba School of Social Justice and
dancers in full parade costumes. Elijah and I enjoyed
the view of the gorgeous dancers in plumed headdresses
shaking it to the infectious drum rhythms. We also
took in the sights provided by the diverse crowd
- rhinestones, sneakers, leather, suspenders, etc.
There was even a girl in shorts and pumps who kept
attacking the floor in a frenzied, break-dancing
Alma is the kind
of party that makes the crowd ritualistically return,
snow or shine. In a city full of cabaret laws, where
clubs have mandatory coat checks and a cocktail
is $14, Alma is the party for real people who just
want to dance their NYC tushes off.
For info on
the next Alma “jump off,” go to www.almanyc.com.
And if you like the shots, check out photographer
Gavin Mill’s music at copyrightproductions.co.uk.