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The Crowd Gathered Early to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

This year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month started with Tapas and music in the courtyard at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts. Parents, teachers, students and community members enjoyed traditional foods from various Hispanic countries on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.

Virginia Gutierrzez entertained the crowd with her lyrical voice accompanied by Benton Height’s very own music teacher, Mr. James Wagner. Following the courtyard events began an hour of entertaining performances from talented Benton Height’s students and staff, as well as outside professional performers.

Dispersed throughout these performances were our guest performers. Three CATA dance students that were “electric” in their modern piece called “Americano” and Rocio Gonzalez performed a modern Cumbia dance to Shakira.

The audience was graced with a Brazilian carnival solo and a stunning acrobatic performance from the Capoeira group from Charlotte. The Capoeira group executed a jaw-dropping performance with high-flying triple turns, spins and kicks, which combined strength and grace

Benton Height’s fourth-grade students performed a Hispanic hip hop dance, a modern cha cha. The second-grade students performed a traditional folk song with instruments. Mr. Frank Casstevens (Arts Coordinator), Ana Ayala, (Teacher Assistant), Yolanda Weinbrenner (Data Manager) and the fifth graders ended the evening with a modern dance to Santana’s high energy song “Migra.”

Written by: Christina Lohry, Dance Teacher
Posted: Oct 04, 2011 by Robin Pettit

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