Hispanic Heritage Month continued with a dance party on Oct. 10, giving students a taste of culture from their Hispanic student peers.
SOMOS Tigres, the on-campus organization for first-generation Hispanic/Latino students, hosted the dance in the King-Frazier Ballroom starting at 6 p.m.
Francisco Duque, the event coordinator and academic advisor for SOMOS, said that the purpose for this specific event was to bring all students together and share a great experience.
“This event, along with all of Hispanic Heritage month, is to get students together and come out and have fun and learn more about the Hispanic culture," Duque said. "There is a Latino population here at Savannah State at about 10 to 15 percent of the general student body. This party helps express the culture and also teaches students different dances like the salsa and bachata, have good food and have fun."
Students who attended the event said they had a good time.
Freddie Ross, a senior mass communications major at Savannah State, said, “This was fun. A lot of on campus events I go to seem forced and are kind of boring. This one was fun and I was surrounded by people who like to have fun. I learned how to salsa dance a little bit, got some good food, and in the process probably will feel sore tomorrow but it was worth it. I think more students should come out and learn about the Latino culture as a whole and this dance party helped me. I had a blast."
Ian Cryor, a junior marine science major and Savannah State football player said, “This is great. I love everything about it. I’m Puerto Rican and I wouldn’t say that it’s hard to find people with my same demographic as myself but this is a great way to do that. Salsa dancing has always been hard to me but it’s fun and being around other students having fun is what it’s all about."
Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.