By Curt McAllister
The Spanish Club and the Activities Committee will hold a Cinco de Mayo party in the Syre Auditorium next Wednesday, May 5.
The U&Me Dance studio will be providing merengue lessons from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Katie Hoyt-Crat, a member of the Spanish Club, encourages people to attend and learn merengue, a style of music and dance from the Dominican Republic. The lessons are free and open to anyone with or without experience, with or without a partner.
Starting at 11 a.m. the Dockside Café will serve beans, rice and enchiladas for $2.15. The Spanish Club is covering half of the cost.
Tentative plans include a piñata for smashing or for giving away and a performance from the Music Club.
Sandra Sefati, from the Activities Committee, said the Spanish Club held salsa lessons last quarter. “I heard lots of good things about it,” she said.
Merengue is a faster, less complicated salsa dance.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the defeat of French troops in the Mexican town of Puebla. The holiday is typically only celebrated throughout the United States and the Mexican state of Puebla.