New Latin Dance Group to host community event

Latin dancing is growing in popularity at Marshalltown High School thanks to a group of students who meet in a classroom after school twice a week to get moving.

The MHS Latin Dance Group was formed in October by Spanish teacher Charlotte Santana. Santana said teachers were asked by Principal Aiddy Phomvisay to form groups that increase student participation and Santana has done that with this club.

“It helps them feel connected to each other and the school,” Santana said.

Although it’s a Latin Dance Group, there are students from all range of ethnicities who participate. It’s safe to say the club is popular with many of the Hispanic girls at MHS, one being sophomore Jaimee Alcaraz.

“Latin dance interests me and all the girls are really fun to be around,” Alcaraz said.

Approximately 12 to 15 students, including a male or two, come to the club meetings. Santana said they hope to promote the club more in the future and perform at a school assembly to encourage more students to get involved.

Those wanting to learn more about Latin dancing, or maybe just want a night out moving to the music, are invited to a Dance-a-thon hosted by the students. The event is this Friday at the MHS Roundhouse and admission is free and open to the public.

“We were trying to think of a way to involve people of every age in dance and in being active and just having fun,” Santana said.

The event will run from 6 to 6:45 p.m. for kindergarten through eighth grade students, 7 to 7:45 p.m. for adults and their children and from 8 to 8:45 p.m. for ninth through 12th grade students.

Donations are accepted and concessions will be available for purchase.