Spanish Club celebrates Latin cultures with fiesta

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The school had performances from students and outside organizations. The Labra Brothers played first to open the event. Slippery Rock university's Afro-Colobian Dance Ensemble also performed. Pictured, Hannah Balash from Poland Seminary High School and Alexander Bell of James A. Garfield High School did a swing dance.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Ursuline High School had their fourth annual Fiesta de las Americas on April 25 at the high school. They had dancing performances, food and a cultural board for visitors.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Ursuline brought in some outside organizations to the fiesta, including dancers from Slippery Rock and Kester's Krias Alpacas from the Kester's farm in Pulaski, PA.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Spanish teacher Paulina Montaldo organized the fiesta. She invited local performers she knew through her dancing experience in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Ursuline High School Spanish Club participated and entertained at the fiesta. They did dances and displayed the cultural presentations about the cultures in Latin countries. The students learned the dances and made the displays after school through the week and on some weekends.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Ursuline High School’s Spanish Club hosted their annual “Fiesta de las Americas” event on April 26 at the high school.

Their fourth annual fiesta included dances, alpacas, a cultural display and food by Se ±or Jalape ±o. The students worked on the displays and dances after school with their teacher, professor Paulina Montaldo.

“I saw a need for the Spanish students to learn the cultures they studied,” said Montaldo. She said the most important thing is that the event brings students and families throughout the community together.

The Labra Brothers Band began the performances on the stage in the cafeteria. Following their set, a dancing groups from Slippery Rock University, local dancers and members of the Spanish Club danced. The Ursuline students learned dances of folklore to represent Columbia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Spain. Slippery Rock professor Melissa Teodoro brought in the university’s Afro-Cubian Dance Ensemble for several dances. Local students Hannah Balash of Poland Seminary High School and Alexander Bell of James A. Garfield High School also performed a few dance selections. The club created a cultural display for the visitors of the event to learn about other cultures. The students researched cultures of countries, such as Peru and Columbia, for the display. Montaldo also invited Kester’s Krias Alpacas to the event for the visitors.

“I look forward to it every year. I’m proud of their hard work,” said Maggie Matune, assistant principal of Ursuline High School. She said the she loves seeing so many cultures represented and embraced by people of all ages.

The event brought in approximately 450 visitors to the school. They received funding for the fiesta from Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, which they used for authentic Mexican dresses.

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