Latin Dance Society returns to campus

Photo courtesy of the Baylor Latin Dance Society

By Mariah Bennett | Editor-in-chief

The Latin Dance Society is resuming its activities, with calls for those interested in membership and leadership positions posted on Instagram.

According to Multicultural Affairs Special Interest Web Page, the club aims to encourage students to get involved in Latin culture, as well as show off styles of merengue, salsa and other Latin influenced dances.

Isabella Arteaga – Springfield, Virginia, junior and Latinx Coalition intern at the Department of Multicultural Affairs – helps revive the club.

“I wanted to make sure it is still an active organization,” said Arteaga. “From my first-year knowledge, I knew there were a good number of people interested. “

Arteaga oversees all Hispanic and Latino organizations that fall under the Latinx Coalition. Arteaga said that in the past the Latin Dance Society was part of it.

“Trying to revive the club has been my goal,” said Arteaga. “We hope to go back to what they had before – find someone who is really passionate about these dances, who has experience with multiple guys.”

There were a few people who were interested after the Instagram post that called for members. Arteaga said in the past the club had at least 30 interested members.

The Latin Dance Society previously held meetings at the Russell Gymnasium and focused on several types of dance styles, such as bachata, cumbia and cha-cha.

Arteaga said she hopes to have a meeting of interest to the club and is currently awaiting approval. The club is aiming to start next semester, and Arteaga said she hopes they will be able to be more present on campus to show others what they can do.

“This year, we missed them at Latinx Night during Mosaic Week,” Arteaga said. “I really hope they can come back and play for this.”

Arteaga said the organization is a great fun and social way to share Latin culture.

“It’s a way to get active while being exposed to new things,” said Arteaga.

Chicago senior Alexander Garcia said he had known the Latin Dance Society since his first semester at Baylor and was delighted to hear that the organization was getting active again.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to gain lifelong competence, to make new friends and to deepen a part of my culture,” Garcia said. “I am really excited. “

Individuals can email [email protected] or [email protected] to express their interest in the Latin Dance Society, both for membership and leadership positions.

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