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Latin Expressions “Origenes: Regresando a Nuestras Raices”

Maria Fernandez | Friday, April 1, 2011

Ready to sing, dance and enjoy one of the largest cultural events on campus? The university’s Latino student organization, La Alianza, will host their annual showcase Latin Expressions today. It will be an exciting night full of Latino history, culture and art.

The theme of this year’s very much anticipated event is “Orígenes: Regresando a Nuestras Raíces” (Origins: Returning to Our Roots). The show’s performances will highlight the different musical, literary and folkloric traditions present in Latin America.

There will be a variety of different University groups and clubs participating in this event, Latin Expressions coordinator Rachael Carreño said. The show will consist of various dance performances by Troop ND, Project Fresh break-dancers, First Class Steppers and Ballet Folklórico. There will also be several musical acts from groups, such as Coro Primavera and Mariachi ND, as well as a special performance by a classical guitarist. 

In addition to music and dance, Latin Expressions will also address current Latin American political issues in some of their performances.

“MECHA, a club on campus, is performing a spoken-word piece addressing the ongoing drug wars affecting Juarez, Mexico and other border cities, and a group of students will perform songs and a poem inquechua“, Carreño said.   

Latino culture is known for its energetic, colorful and lively feel and character. This event will not only accurately inform the audience and vividly exemplify a variety of Latino customs and traditions, but it will also captivate and entertain the audience. It will encompass the particular calor y sabor (warmth and flavor) of Latino culture that this student community brings to our campus. 

The event will take place at The Century Center in downtown South Bend and shuttle buses from Library Circle will facilitate student transportation to the venue before and after the show. Tickets are available at the LaFortune Box Office for $10 and will also be sold at the door for $12. For more information, contact Rachael Carreño at rcarreno@nd.edu