November 2, 2018, Allentown, PA — In a celebration of both culture and healthy activity, the Annual Latin Dance Competition will be held for the seventh time on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The public is invited to attend this special performance.
This year, the Allentown School District Foundation (ASD Foundation) is proud to announce the sponsorship of Highmark Blue and support from the Latino Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley.
The Latin Dance Competition is an opportunity for students from the four middle schools in the Allentown School District to learn a variety of Latin dances, including the salsa, bachata and merengue, from professional dance instructors. Students also
learn about teamwork and discipline throughout the 9-week program.
Mark Your Calendar November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Latin Dance Competition William Allen High School John F. McHugh Auditorium
106 North 17th Street, Allentown Tickets: $5.00/adult & $3.00/student with ID
“Highmark Blue Shield is proud of our continued partnership with the Allentown School District’s Latin Dance Competition,” said Kathy McKenzie, Highmark vice president of community affairs. “The Competition promotes teamwork while at the same time encouraging students to be healthy and well. We are happy to support this opportunity for students to learn while having fun.”
“Allentown School District Foundation’s Middle School Latin Dance Competition provides students with an opportunity to be part of a team that learns, refines, and practices a beautiful art form in order to shine together on stage before an appreciative, supportive and loving community,” says Irene Blough, Program Founder and Dance Coordinator. For many ASD students, this competition is a celebration of their own cultures. At this evening on November 14, area well-known mascots will help to announce the winners in many categories as well as the grand champion.
Latin Dance Student Roster 2018
|Harrison-Morton Middle School||Raub Middle School|
|Johanna Catedral||Camden Alford|
|Nashaly Cortes||Keiliannys Arroyo|
|Naiommy Cortes||Jennitza Claudio|
|Baleri Melendez De La Cruz||Heaven Conrad|
|Karinary Delgado||Celymar Diaz|
|Jenny Nguyen||Jay-Lean Feyjoo|
|Savannah Nieves||Alexis Gilleo|
|Donnell Quittley||Sijade Inman|
|Yaziah Reyes||Sabastein Jimenez|
|Anaya Rivera||Sadie Kayser|
|Jessian Rivera||Dayeissy Lugo|
|Yeilyn Justo Roa||Brianalyse Molina|
|Anastasia Rodriguez||Yoskar Morales|
|Glorializ Torres||Christina Rivera|
|Raiza Salgado||Diamond Torres|
|Trexler Middle School||Emmarelice Witt|
|Demetria Diaz||South Mountain Middle School|
|Darisleydi Guzman||Yarimar Berly|
|Manuel Hernandez||Carissa Burgos|
|Nayelie Lopez||Bryan Gonzalez Cruz|
|Destiny Maldonado||Mia Espinal|
|Nevaeh Ortiz||Dannelys Lugo Fred|
|Zullema Rodriguez||Elizabeth Kline|
|Mayelie Santiago||Layshka Melendez|
|Norshelys Santos||Diana Moussa|
|Bermayelin Ortiz Perez|
|Nataly Garcia Quiros|
|Adriana Frometa Reyes|
Highmark contributed $4,000 for the program and the Latino Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley also added a
$100 gift. Funding from the Education Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC) also provides support.
The program highlights the health benefits as students get regular exercise while learning new and fun skills. The Health, Safety and Physical Education standards include factors that affect the relationship between regular physical activity and motor skill improvement, including:
• Success-oriented activities
• School-community resources
• Variety of activities
• Time on task
Students from each school meet one day a week after school to learn these three dances leading up to the competition.
The dance instruction and support team consists of:
Irene Blough – Dance Coordinator Mercedes Van Aken – Artistic Director Eric Bass – Artistic Director
Brenna Schlossberg – Dance Coach, Harrison Morton Middle School Tara Beaky – Dance Coach, Raub Middle School
Maria Bonilla – Dance Coach, South Mountain Middle School Jennifer Halucha – Dance Coach, Trexler Middle School Vicki Newhard – ASD Foundation Administrator
Please join us for a fun-filled evening of truly beautiful dancing.
Allentown School District Foundation
With a vision for enriched education for Allentown School District students, the ASD Foundation mission is to encourage, promote and support innovative educational experiences for students in the Allentown School District. If you would like to learn more, please contact the foundation at 484-765-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mailing address is P.O. Box 328, 31 South Penn Street, Allentown PA 18105. www.allentownsd.org/asdf.
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Office of Communications
Allentown School District