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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Dance

New organization brings rhythm and flavor to campus


New clubs are formed on campus every day. Students are always looking for like minds to spend time with — from chess geeks, to super athletes and everything in between. For those who want to learn slick new moves that will impress on the dance floor, Latin dance might be just what’s missing.

The Sabor Latino Dance Society is a new student organization that brings flavor and diversity through dance.

The types of dance that SLDS will focus on are: bachata, salsa, merengue, samba, and an Angolan style dance called kizomba.

Dan Reyes, an electrical engineering sophomore and SLDS president, was inspired by his Honduran heritage. Reyes started the organization to bring students together to have fun learning Latin dance routines.

“Besides teaching the basic steps, I want people to interact with each other and socialize to have more of a university experience apart from the academic life,” Reyes said.

There are a lot of transfer students on campus, and meeting people is not easy for everyone. He thought a fun way to meet people would be to throw a party where people could come and dance to Latin music.

“I am shy, and I wanted to organize something that could be a social builder for people,” Reyes said.

SLDS got its name from a few ideas thrown around by friends Reyes had met at the party he held. The name “Latin Flavor” was agreed on, but Reyes decided to have something in Spanish.

The practices will stick to one style of dance each week in order for members to become comfortable with the steps.

SLDS holds practices at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in Multipurpose Room 3 in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

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