By David Land
The sounds of Latin American music flowed through the student center on Oct. 4 during the Latin Fusion event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Services.
Students were invited to participate in several different styles of Latino dances. Demetrius Bailey attended the event.
“I was just playing pool, and they called me over,” Bailey said. “I had a lot of fun; I enjoy dancing a lot.”
Coordinator of Multicultural and Diversities Services Terri Roberts helped put the event together and was very impressed with the turnout. According to Roberts, events such as Latin Fusion are a great way for students to experience new things.
“[Latin Fusion] is a fun way to learn about culture,” Roberts said.
Latin Fusion was the last in a line of events set up by the Office of Multicultural Services for Hispanic Heritage Month whose goal, according to Roberts, was to introduce students to different cultures. Other events included a CommUnity Dialogue on the importance of the Latino Vote on Sept. 25, and a Spanish “fiesta” on Sept. 27.
Graciela Roman, a Ball State University alumni, was the dance coach for the night. Roman met Roberts though Ball State University’s Multicultural Office.
“[Roberts] said she needed some help bringing the Latino community to Franklin,” Roman said. “She asked me to teach some traditional Latino dances.”
Roman, who started dancing at the age of 13, taught the students in attendance a variety of Latino dances such as the salsa, merengue cumbia and bachata. Roman mentioned students seemed nervous to dance at the beginning of the session.
“Once things start, they get more comfortable,” Roman said. “I think everyone did a really good job.”
Her first year at Franklin working on events like Latin Fusion and Hispanic Heritage Month has been very successful, Roberts said.
“People have been turning out in good numbers for Hispanic Heritage Month,” Roberts said. “They also seem to enjoy it, and that’s always good.”