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Cultural dances performed for Hispanic Heritage Month

Students came to the auditorium to learn about and watch cultural dances from Spanish-speaking countries.

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Performers of a traditional Peruvian dance exit the stage Sept 14. The dance is supposed to imitate an anaconda. photo by Mckenzie Heffron

Performers of a traditional Peruvian dance exit the stage Sept 14. The dance is supposed to imitate an anaconda. photo by Mckenzie Heffron

Performers of a traditional Peruvian dance exit the stage Sept 14. The dance is supposed to imitate an anaconda. photo by Mckenzie Heffron

by Mckenzie Heffron, Writer

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The Spanish department brought in dancers to perform for students to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the auditorium Friday Sept. 14. The program included dances from Peru, Argentina and Colombia. Students were able to watch the dances during either activity.

The first group, Contigo Peru, performed a dance imitating the anaconda, traditionally used by the Shipibo people of the Amazon as a way to respect the anaconda. The dance used various props and elaborate costumes to convey the movement of the snake.

Dancing couple Kirill and Sophia Miniaev performed the tango, a dance originating in Argentina. The tango is improvisational, and uses the beat of the music to influence the steps.

Representing Colombia, the group Quimbaya performed La Pollera Colorada, a dance known as a cumbia. The dance is renowned as one of the best representations of Colombian culture. This dance stood out to sophomore Lauren Boxx because of its beauty.

“It was probably the most authentic, the most cultured,” Boxx said.

The presentation was finished with a karaoke sing-a-long to the song “Enamorate” by Dvicio.

Dancers from the group Contigo Peru poses after their performance Sept. 14. photo by Mckenzie Heffron

 

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Mckenzie Heffron, Writer

Hey! I’m Mckenzie Heffron, sophomore staff writer for the Dart. I love to talk, but I’m always willing to listen to whoever needs to vent. On campus, you can find me chatting with friends, officiating Astronomy Club or saying “Hola Senora!” every time I walk into Spanish. Off campus, I’m either working, watching my favorite soccer (*football*) team Tottenham Hotspur, or looking for something to photograph. Some other tidbits: I’m an impulsive dieter (I’ve been gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, etc.), I have a fear of locusts, my music taste is pretty wild and I have a stellar British accent. This year I have a blog on DNO! It’s called The Heart of Kansas City, so make sure to check it out as I photograph everyday people that make our city special. Bye!  

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  1. Rosie Ruiz on September 19th, 2018 10:51 am

    It was a pleasure to perform at St. Teresa’s Academy! We really enjoyed it!! 😉

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