SU celebrates Hispanic Heritage

BY SHANNON WILEY

News Editor

@TheShannonWiley

The show, based out of Argentina and Uruguay, boasts itself as being “one of the most dynamic, elegant, exciting and sensuous performances touring around the world, sharing the cultural essence and evolution of tango through the art of dance and music.”

This year, the show was awarded by Latin ACE as “The Best Musical Show of the Year.”

“Tango Lovers” performed at SU to a full auditorium composed of students, staff and Salisbury community members on Tuesday.

Although the show began later than planned, anticipation flowed in the audience.

“It’s exciting because I’ve never seen a live tango show before,” Salisbury local Emily Coleman said.

“Tango Lovers” told many stories of lovers, with dancers performing in different scenes as couples, groups, traditional female-male partner dances and male-male partner dances.

The performance was lead by director and choreographer Marcos Ayala and his partner Paola Camacho, and supported by four other dance couples.

The show also featured singer and “Tango Lovers” founder Alfredo Lerida, who performed solo numbers as well as sang to some of the dances. Music was performed by a Latin band made up of a piano, played by Musical Director Gustavo Casenave, a bandoneón, a violin and a double bass.

As the show concluded, it was met with a standing ovation from the audience.

“I loved it, it was so creative,” SU freshman Nastia Jones said. “It made me want to dance.”

Hispanic Heritage Month is a U.S. tradition that began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, but was expanded to the month-long celebration in 1988.

The month begins on Sept. 15 and reaching to Oct. 15 in order to encompasses the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The month was created in order to celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions” of Americans who came from, or whose ancestors came from Hispanic countries, according to the U.S.’s information page on the month.

“For me, Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to educate myself and others about Latin Americans and Hispanics,” SU Organization for Latin American Students President Ruth Taleno said. “It’s about learning about and knowing our place in history.”

To celebrate the month, OLAS put on a Salsa night for students to learn the traditional dance and are planning an event called “Let’s Relate.”

This event began two years ago as a “modern Latino discussion,” according to Taleno and has evolved into a night to educate people on Latino issues.

This year, the event will take participants through a series of rooms including a culture shock room, showing people what it is like to enter a country that one knows nothing about, a room disproving untrue ideas about Hispanic countries, a room commemorating movements in the Latin American community, a room showcasing Latin American accomplishments, a room showing the positive parts of Hispanic culture and the last room celebrating the Hispanic bonds of family.

“We always end with family,” Toleno said.

Let’s Relate will be held on the second floor of the Guerrieri University Center on Oct. 14.

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