Latino Student Forum kicked off its first dance of the semester filled with modern Spanish songs, Spanish classic tunes and refreshments to cool off students dancing along to DJ Bobkatt.
With time-honored songs such as “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo and “Escandalo” by Sonora Dinamita, around 60 dance attendees showed their best moves as they moved along with the beat of cumbia, merengue and salsa songs throughout the night.
“I would describe it as having people that were very enjoyable,” said junior criminology major Madeline Reyes. “Everyone was having a good time, and there was no one who sat in the corner.”
While Reyes knew a few people, she met and danced with other attendees she had not met before due to the sense of unity at the event.
“My favorite part is just the way that people come without knowing each other and they start dancing with each other like they’ve known each other for years,” Reyes said. “I think there was a lot of unity.”
LSF’s dance was held in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month which ends on Oct. 15,” said Rosana Chavez, senior economics major and president of LSF. “So we’re celebrating the end of Hispanic Heritage month by hosting this event.”
“The event was better than I initially predicted,” said Eduardo Fernandez, senior biology major and vice president of LSF. “Initially this wasn’t a huge event.”
“Latino Student Forum wasn’t a big name in a school, but slowly and surely, I’m seeing a lot more members and a lot more people come by,” Fernandez said. “Usually we expect 30 people to show up to the event, but I estimate that there were at least 70 people.”
Although Latino Student Forum is centered around Hispanic culture, the club members welcome students of different ethnic backgrounds in hopes to familiarize them with Latino culture.
“The dance is a very cultural event so you have different music from different areas of Latino America, but it’s not something that is just for Hispanics,” Fernandez said.
“We saw different races here, different people from different backgrounds, some people who don’t even speak Spanish or who aren’t even Hispanic, but they still came and it’s really just to have fun and let loose.”
“Being in school is very stressful so events like this, just to have people breathe a little, is great,” Fernandez said.
“Especially for those who have not experienced a Latin culture, so this is kind of like a little crash course for them and it’s amazing,” he said.
While the dance was a success, it surprisingly came together quickly with the help of the club’s executive board.
“It took about only two weeks to sort everything out,” Chavez said.
“We all helped each other out and our executive board each took a little chunk of the work and we all came together.”
LSF’s next event will celebrate Dia De Los Muertos from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Sneaky Park.
Latino Student Forum meets every other Tuesday at 11:15 a.m to 12:15 p.m. in the Campus Center room 206.
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