One Heart One Mind will be hosting their eleventh annual Fiesta Latina dance in the East Cafeteria on Friday, May 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The social action club began in 2008 for Latinx students who felt that they needed a place to belong. Since its origin, OHOM has grown into a club full of people from various backgrounds and cultures.
“We try to promote positivity and empathy and a good climate in the building,” sponsor Susan Kalberer said.
One of the things that OHOM has done to help celebrate traditions is Fiesta Latina. Fiesta Latina was created as a way to promote Latin culture and emphasizes Latin dancing. The emphasis of Fiesta Latina is to teach Latin dancing to everyone who attends. Guests can expect to be taught approximately three dances step by step. During the party, there will be a variety of snacks, drinks and colorful decorations as well.
Tickets will be sold in all lunches for 6 dollars from April 29 to May 3, but they will not be sold at the door. The dress code for the event is dress to impress, so guests are expected to wear semi-formal attire, such as dresses or nice pants and a nice shirt.
“My favorite part about putting on Fiesta Latina is seeing the students we have from so many different backgrounds get to come together and dance to music from different cultures and have a really great time,” Kalberer said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Although Fiesta Latina is centered around Latin Culture, it is not just for the Hispanic and Latinx students in the school. All students are welcome to attend the event and enjoy aspects of Latin culture.
“Fiesta is important to me because I know I got to bring a little bit of joy and fun to everyone who comes. It’s also important because we get to share a culture with other students,” Vice President Joniyah Sharp said.
The focus of Fiesta Latina is for both guests and club members to have fun at the event, but its main focus is the message of acceptance of diversity and togetherness.
“Awareness of and empathy for people from all cultures and backgrounds. That’s the big thing that we are trying to send is that regardless of where we come from, what we look like, who our parents are, we all deal with some of the same issues and we can all come together and have a good time,” Kalberer said.