7th Annual Latin Dance Competition Features 60 Students from 4 Middle Schools


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
Briana Trejo
Trexler Middle School  Emmarelice Witt
Deandra Cruz
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
Ivannah Valles
Jaeelyn Ventura
Bermayelin Ortiz Perez
Nataly Garcia Quiros
Keyshla Ramirez
Adriana Frometa Reyes
Tatiana Rodriguez
Victor Rosado
Andres Sanchez
Kreichalys Santiago

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 williamssu@allentownsd.org.
The mailing address is P.O. Box 328, 31 South Penn Street, Allentown PA 18105. www.allentownsd.org/asdf.


Information provided to TVL by:
Office of Communications
Allentown School District