Celebration of Hispanic Music, Food and Dance

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: October 27, 2009

Purdue University North Central will be the site of the event, "Hispanic Heritage 2009: A PNC Celebration of Latin American Music and Dance" on Nov. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m., in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is sponsored by the PNC Multicultural Club, the Department of Social Sciences, the Latin American Studies Faculty and the Organization of Latina Women of Northwest Indiana.

The program will feature the dance group Brisas del Colombia, directed by Carlos Mario Arango and his wife Zulma Arango. Brisas is based in Fort Wayne and has performed for about six years. The 12 to 14 men and women who make up the group perform a variety of dances that include Cumbia, Contradanza, Salsa and Bambuco.

The program will also include PNC student Cynthia de Santiago who will dance flamenco and Sonia Kincaid, a member of the dance group Taqui Sisacuna who performed at PNC earlier this year, will present an Andean dance called Valicha.

Finally, the audience will be entertained with the guitar and song of Pancho and Carolyn Rodea, of Valparaiso, who will play a medley of Latino folk songs and ballads.

The emcee for the event will be Martha Garcia-Saenz, PNC associate professor of Building Construction Management Technology.

Refreshments will be provided by the Organization of Latina Women of Northwest Indiana, members of the Colombian community and the PNC Multicultural Club.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Kenneth Kincaid, assistant professor of History, at 462-4197 ext. 5244 or kkincaid@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kincaid.