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

NFL Draft prospects 2020: The top 10 tight ends, ranked from Cole Kmet to Devin Asiasi

first_imgMORE NFL DRAFT: Top 100 big board | SN’s latest mock draftNFL Draft 2020 tight end rankings1. Cole Kmet, Notre DameKmet has the size (6-5, 250 pounds) and speed (4.70 40-yard-dash time at the Combine) to be a field-stretching slot TE for whoever drafts him. He didn’t do much his first two seasons at Notre Dame, but he caught 43 passes for 515 yards and six TDs as a junior. Blocking is still a bit of a question mark, as it is for most rookie tight ends, but Kmet can make an immediate impact as a receiver. 2. Hunter Bryant, WashingtonBryant is a bit of a tweener; he’s just 6-2, but at 239 pounds and with a 4.74 40 time, he can’t really play wide receiver. What he lacks in height, he makes up for in toughness and big-play ability. He averaged an eye-popping 16.4 yards per catch during his career at Washington, and his junior season yielded 52 catches and 825 yards. He was never much of a touchdown producer in college, catching just five during his career, but that could change in the NFL, where he’ll continue to present mismatches for linebackers and safeties.3. Brycen Hopkins, PurdueHopkins gradually improved over his four seasons at Purdue, finishing with 61 catches, 830 yards, and seven TDs last year. He has great size (6-5, 245 pounds) and speed (4.66 40-yard-dash time), so if he can prove to be a capable enough blocker, he’ll stay on the field and will have a chance to put up big stats in the right offense. MORE: Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQ4. Adam Trautman, DaytonTrautman dominated at FCS Dayton, catching 70 passes for 916 yards and 14 TDs during his final season. There are plenty of question marks given the lower level of competition, but Trautman’s size is legit (6-6, 253 pounds) and his 40-yard-dash time is good enough (4.80) if he’s used the right way. 5. Albert Okwuegbunam, MissouriWhen it comes to pure playmaking ability, Albert O might be the best TE in the draft. The 6-5, 255-pound pass-catcher ran a blazing 4.49 40-yard dash at the Combine, All those tools didn’t result in a ton of receiving production (average of 32.7 receptions and 395.7 yards over his three seasons), but Okwuegbunam was a touchdown machine, catching 23 scores in 27 games. Nagging injuries are a concern — though not as much as his nonexistent blocking resume — but Albert O is a matchup nightmare as a glorified slot receiver, field-stretcher and red-zone threat. 6. Harrison Bryant, FAUBryant didn’t play at a Power 5 school, but his steady improvement and senior season are impossible to ignore. He caught 65 passes for 1,004 yards and seven TDs during his final year at FAU, and he impressed with a 4.73 40 time at the Combine. With his size (6-5, 240 pounds), Bryant could be at least a red-zone threat wherever he winds up, but he’ll have to prove he can stay on the field with his blocking. 7. Thaddeus Moss, LSUMoss doesn’t have much tape because he missed both 2017 and 2018 after transferring from N.C. State and then suffering a foot injury, but he excelled during his lone season at LSU, catching 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns. Moss has good size (6-3, 249 pounds), and even though he didn’t run a 40 at the Combine, he also has good speed. The family lineage is strong, too: Moss is the son of Randy Moss. Teams will have to take a bit of a leap of faith if they select him, but Moss is an intriguing prospect who could develop into something special. MORE: SN’s complete 7-round mock draft8. Colby Parkinson, StanfordStanford regularly features tight ends in its offense, so it’s no surprise an athletic 6-7, 251-pound field-stretcher like Parkinson is on the NFL radar. He caught 48 passes for 589 yards his junior year, and while that resulted in only one touchdown, we know he can wreak havoc around the goal line based on his seven TDs as a sophomore. Parkinson’s size could make him a red-zone threat right away.9. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt The 2020 NFL Draft likely won’t feature a tight end being drafted in the first round, but there are several interesting prospects who could make an impact this year. This position is always tough to evaluate; blocking is just as important as receiving ability to NFL teams, yet most fans just focus on the pass-catching stats. That’s largely what Sporting News will be doing in this preview of the top 10 tight ends, but it’s important to recognize that fit is hugely important, because some teams will prioritize blocking skills over receiving skills. Because this year’s TE class lacks a clear-cut No. 1 prospect, it’s easy to quibble with the list below. Cole Kmet is the one player who seems to be a consensus top-three prospect, but this group could really go in any order with picks starting in the second round. Let’s break down what they have to offer: Pinkney has dealt with injuries and inconsistent QB play throughout his career at Vanderbilt, but his outstanding junior season (50-774-7) shows what he’s capable of when he puts it all together. His lack of speed (4.96 in the 40) will hurt him, but he has good size (6-4, 260 pounds) and is a solid blocker. If he can continue to work on his blocking, then he’ll have a chance to stay on the field and provide decent production as a receiver. 10. Devin Asiasi, UCLAA breakout junior season (44 catches for 641 yards and four TDs) put Asiasi on the draft radar. His 4.73 40 time is impressive given his size (6-3, 279 pounds), and he’s tough to bring down in the open field. He’s another interesting project who could develop into a solid starter in a few seasons.last_img read more