Students explore personal identity through Salsa dancing

Saint Mary’s students danced their way to discovering personal identity Monday during “The Salsa Story: Embracing Dance through Dialogue,” an event in the annual Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC). Associate professor of humanistic studies Laura Ambrose and assistant professor of music Emily McManus led the dance lesson and discussion. In addition to teaching the basic salsa step, they also taught variations of salsa — cumbia, side step, merengue and tango.Ambrose said knowing the origins of salsa dance will help students determine what stereotypes exist and what is culturally accurate. “It is a representation of pan-Latin identity,” she said. “It is danced throughout the Americas, and, as of the 21st century, globally.”According to Ambrose, pan-Latin is term that is inclusive to all people who are of a Latino heritage. There is no single global version of salsa, but there are interpretations based on the community — Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, etc., Ambrose said. “It becomes this innate way of creating community,” McManus said. “It can also be a way of building communities or excluding communities.”Some styles of salsa are favored more in certain cultures, while other styles are looked down on, which causes a cultural separation, McManus said. “We continually perform identities,” she said. “It’s where your cultural affiliation is.”Dances have stereotypes that are often different from the real reasons people learn to dance, McManus said. “‘Dancing with the Stars’ is representing a generic ritual,” she said. “They’re not realizing anything about cultural affiliation.”McManus said students are often concerned about what to wear when attending dance lessons, rather than on the dance itself. “I thought I had to wear heels,” McManus said. “But then I found myself falling. Anyone can do this — you don’t have to wear anything specific.”Ambrose emphasized dance is not only about how someone looks while dancing, but how the person feels.“I started dancing when I was in college,” she said. “It was an avenue to my femininity and my sexuality. My relationship with dance was fundamentally me becoming comfortable with my body.”Senior Student Diversity Board fundraising chair Katherine Morley said she had only one previous experience with dancing the salsa, but the workshop gave her a new perspective on the dance.“It was interesting to learn about,” Morely said. “It was cool to see it as an adult now and think of it as a club setting and not just on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”Tags: Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference, diversity dialogue, DSLC, Salsa dancing read more

Oh, Brother! Tickets Now On Sale for World Premiere of Family Mystery The Clearing Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 9, 2014 View Comments Who doesn’t want to see a drama about a messed up family to make themselves feel better about their own nearest and dearest, right? Well, you’re in luck because tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of rising playwright Jake Jeppson’s new family drama The Clearing. Directed by Josh Hecht, the limited engagement will play January 14 through February 9. The Clearing is the story of two brothers bound together by a terrible secret they’ve been hiding for 18 years. The Ellis family is in many ways a typical American family. But the love they share is intense, all-consuming, even obliterating. When a handsome stranger inserts himself into this tight-knit circle, mother and sons must discover if they have the courage to shatter the bond that has kept them unmoving for two decades and risk the unknown.center_img The Clearing Is there a difference between loving someone and living for them? Head to the Theater at St. Clements to find out! The cast of The Clearing features Allison Daugherty as Ella Ellis, Brian McManamon as Les Ellis, Gene Gallerano as Peter and Brian P. Murphy as Chris Ellis.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho supports Arsenal’s bid to sign £25m Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr

first_imgJose Mourinho supports Arsenal’s bid to sign £25m Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr Advertisement Jose Mourinho is keen on Arsenal target Ismaila Sarr (RT)Jose Mourinho admits he has been impressed with Arsenal target Ismaila Sarr and believes the Rennes winger is similar to Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.Sarr has been one of Rennes’ star players this season with 12 goals and 11 assists in 48 appearances for the French club.In March, reports in France claimed that Arsenal held talks with Rennes to discuss a deal for the 21-year-old as he was identified by their former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat as a potential signing to bolster Unai Emery’s attack.But Arsenal face a fight to sign the Senegal international as he is also wanted by Leicester City, Roma and AC Milan.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMourinho, however, has indicated that Arsenal would be signing a player with huge potential if they managed to win the race for Sarr, but has also revealed that he is a fan of Nice’s right-sided attacker Allan Saint-Maximin. Nice’s right-sided attacker Allan Saint Maximin has also caught Mourinho’s eye (Getty Images)‘But for example, I like Allan Saint-Maximin, I like his speed, and I think Ismaila Sarr has a little bit of [Ousmane] Dembele in him.‘There are a lot of players in Ligue 1 who have great potential.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Mourinho says Ismaila Sarr reminds him of Ousmane Dembele (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I can tell you that in the top three clubs in your league this season – Paris Saint-Germain, Lille and Lyon – you have extremely talented players who everyone knows already,’ Mourinho said in an interview with RMC.‘If I speak [about players] I think that their agents will be very happy.center_img Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 May 2019 9:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShareslast_img read more

Di Canio refutes claims of dispute

first_img Di Canio said: “There was no training ground bust-up as some are reporting and many of the players have since sent me messages thanking me for my time as their manager and helping them improve as footballers. “We could see that results had not gone as well as any of us had hoped, but I felt as a team we could turn things around.” Di Canio was widely credited with keeping Sunderland in the Premier League last season after replacing Martin O’Neill at the end of March. He became an instant hero after inspiring a famous 3-0 win over north-east rivals Newcastle at St James’s Park in only his second game in charge. But despite bringing in 14 new players over the summer, his side took just a single point from their first five games of the new season. Di Canio said: “When you bring in 14 new players, many from overseas and very few with Premiership experience it is going to take time for them to adapt to the English game and to gel as a team. “As I have said many times, I love English football and I feel that my time at the club has been unfairly cut short as given the chance, I am certain that had I been allowed longer, I would have been able to develop the team to achieve the success Sunderland fans desire.” Di Canio was dismissed after just 13 games in charge following the 3-0 defeat at West Brom last month, amid suggestions some of the club’s senior players had been instrumental in his removal. But, in a statement, the Italian described the reports as “wholly untrue” – and repeated his belief that he was capable of turning the club’s poor start to the season around. Paolo Di Canio has broken his silence over his sacking by Sunderland to deny reports of a training ground bust-up and insist he should have been given more time at the Stadium of Light.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more