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Students Step into Hispanic Culture

A collage of photos from the performance.

Spanish Students at CATA took learning beyond the school building and attended an interactive performance show at Central Piedmont Community College on October 22nd, 2013. The Hispanic Flamenco Ballet Company put on quite a show for Mrs. Mancilla’s and Mr. Loor’s students.

Students experienced a wide variety of cultural performances from different Spanish-speaking countries, which allowed them to increase their cultural understanding and see first-hand what they have been learning at school. Dancers delighted the audience with different dances, like flamenco and merengue. The audience was even able to participate by singing along certain parts and dancing on stage with other students from the area.

By the end of the show, students had worked up an appetite, so the group went to Copán, an authentic Central American restaurant in Charlotte. Once there, students were surrounded by the sights and smells of Central American cuisine and tried foods ranging from pupusas and baleadas to tamales and pasteles hondureños.

Max Hockenberry, a tenth grade student, noted that “the dancing was interesting and the show we watched was funny. The food was also very good, I usually don't like Hispanic food, but what I had was very good! The trip did help with my cultural understand as I can see the diversity of the Spanish speaking world. It's enlightening to see how one language can unite so many different types of people and their ways of life….” 

Written by: Danilo Loor, World Languages Teacher
Posted: Nov 12, 2013 by Deb Christensen

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