About 50 ULV students and community members took a break from the usual on Wednesday evening to participate in a salsa dance class.
The Campus Activities Board sponsored a salsa dancing demonstration in the Campus Center Ballroom, followed by a class.
“I thought a lot of people would enjoy it and get to know the culture,” said Nicole Wood, CAB’s multicultural chairwoman.
September is Hispanic Heritage Month and Wood wanted to bring a taste of Latin heritage to the University to celebrate.
Salsa is popular enough, she thought, that the class would also be of interest to those who are not Latino.
Students arrived at the Campus Center Ballroom hoping to learn how to dance.
“I wanted to know how to dance salsa,” junior Edgar Rodriguez said, “It surpassed my expectations.”
Some went to practice the steps they already knew.
“I love to dance. It’s like an addiction – a good one, though,” Andrea Sotosainz, a sophomore anthropology major, said.
The instructors began by teaching the basic steps and then moving on to more complicated steps and turns.
Most of the dancing was done in couples.
The class was taught by two professional dancers from the Latin Dance Pro, a studio based in Pasadena.
Wood said she was originally nervous about the turnout for the event but was glad when she saw more people than she expected dancing.
Sotosainz announced that she is planning on using what she knows about dancing salsa and other Hispanic rhythms to start a dancing club at ULV next semester.
Wood’s upcoming cultural events for CAB include sushi in November, and dancers from New Zealand in December, along with a Hawaiian theme for Homecoming.
For more information on the upcoming CAB events, call 909-593-3511, ext 4424.
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