ALMA — After a one-year hiatus, Alma College’s event designed to celebrate Latine culture, Fiesta Baile, is set to make its return.
This year’s event, which is open to the public and free to attend, is slated for 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center. Organizers with the Diversity and Inclusion Office and Hispanic Coalition at Alma College said they were pleased and excited to be able to bring Fiesta Baile, translated from Spanish to “dance party,” back for the community.
“This transformative event gives our community the opportunity to celebrate Latine culture through music, food and dance,” said Jonathan Glenn, director of the Diversity and Inclusion Office at Alma College. “We see this as not only an opportunity to expand outreach into our community, but to give our students the opportunity to learn more about the rich, significant cultural heritage of our Hispanic communities.”
Fiesta Baile at Alma College offers Zumba and merengue dance lessons, a historical dance led by Ballet Folklorico de la Luz, caricature drawing and a children’s book reading. There will be a hall of fame set up, in order to educate participants about Hispanic heritage. Alma College’s dining partner, Metz, will provide food with Latine influences.
Fiesta Baile is held at Alma College in September to commemorate National Hispanic American Heritage Month, which takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 annually.