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Cultural festival again intros Latin dance

September 9, 2011

Justin Frye/The Courier - Mexican Flamenco dancers perform one of their routines during last year’s Cultural Festival on Dunlap Terrace. This year, Monmouth College students will have the opportunity to learn Latin American dances such as the “Muevelo.”

While Monmouth College’s annual cultural festival always features dancing and food from other cultures, several student organizations that have not been involved in the past have decided to participate in the 17th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Dunlap Terrace.

Scots Roast, a collaboration of  Monmouth’s chemistry, business and art department will have a booth available for coffee at the event. Originally, the coffee was brewed with beans from Bolivia when it was introduced, but their supplier was bought out, so this coffee will be brewed with beans from Costa Rica.

At 11 a.m., Students who participated in Monmouth’s summer SOFIA (Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activity) program will also present their “made from scratch” headdresses and perform Muevelo, a type of Brazilian dance.

“It’s kind of like fitness,” said Ruby Pensil-Bukari, Director of Intercultural Life,  “but it’s still Latin American dance.”

Following that, at noon, Edison Lima and his troupe will perform Brazilian dance. Native to Brazil, Lima began dancing at the age of 12. Now based in Chicago, Lima dances professionally. His troupe will bring a variety of feathered costumes for different dances.

“Every costume goes with a specific theme,” said Pensil-Bukari.

The troupe will be smaller than last year’s and will interact with the audience, according to Pensil-Bukari.

Booths will also open up for food at noon. Intercultural and international students will feature foods from nine countries from as close as Canada to as far as Japan and Bulgaria. Recipes will be from students as well as from faculty and staff.

Many at the event will also be dressed in cultural garb; Pensil-Bukari said that she would be wearing Ghanaian clothing.

“We invite all students” said Pensil-Bukari, clearing up the misconception that the event is only for international students. “It’s a good time for students to stop by.”

ASAP will also feature a booth at the Cultural Festival highlighting the perspectives aspect of the organization. The Fourth Street Armory will also have a booth representing the United States and the Monmouth Community.

In the event of rain, the cultural festival will be moved inside the Stockdale Center.

Andrew Drea

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