Modern Language Department and Spanish Club host Hispanic Dance Sessions

BY JOHN CARTER JR

Photos courtesy Mike Strong of Hispanic Dance Sessions

Hispanic Dance Sessions, sponsored by the Modern Language Department in collaboration with the Spanish Club and Department of Sociology, opened up to students on campus this semester. The classes vary in the types of cultural dances taught – advisor of the Spanish club, Chita Espino-Bravo of the modern languages department teaches Salsa and Flamenco, Nicole English of the department of sociology teaches Zambra Mora, Rumba Arabic Fusion, & Polynesian Hula dance and Spanish students Sofia Tiscareno and Hannah Wiebe teach other various dances. 

Espino-Bravo explains that continuing Hispanic Dance Session to students over Zoom lent itself to being more inclusive with FHSU Students who wouldn’t normally have access to the Hispanic Dance Sessions anyway. 

“We had students from other states like Pennsylvania join,” she said.

Espino-Bravo goes on to state that the sessions are open to anyone in the Hays community and they can join in-person or via Zoom. Espino-Bravo and fellow dance instructors hope to share these experiences for students to understand their body, and understand the event of life. 

The Dance Session Team hopes to improve their own knowledge of dance with Espino-Bravo saying she herself takes lessons online from Madrid, Spain. They want to be able to share their experiences of dance and new dances with the attending students of the sessions. One such new dance is Arabic/Rumba fusion performed by English and Lyrical Dance being introduced by the student teachers.

Hispanic Dance sessions are every Wednesday throughout both semesters at 6:30 pm in Cunningham hall dance room 122. Masks are required. 

Session’s are also live on zoom: https://fhsu.zoom.us/j/97434239882?pwd=NGIwOFdSS0VPS2ZPdm56WUE2Tlc1UT09

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