Free Lecture on Salsa Music and Dance Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

August 31, 2012

Join your fellow UMUC students, faculty, staff and friends for an informative lecture and video in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15–October 15, 2012. Learn about the people who influenced the development of salsa music and dance at this free event.

Salsa: Its Roots and History
Monday, September 17, 2012
Noon–1 p.m.
Academic Center at Largo, Auditorium

Guest speaker Eileen Torres is a salsa dance lecturer who learned to dance rumba from her father at the age of five and, at six, began performing Mexican folk dance during the fiestas in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio.

Torres graduated with a minor in dance from University of Colorado in 1974 and cofounded the university’s first Ballet Folklorico. In 1975, she returned to Ohio and became an instructor and choreographer for the youth troupe Alma de Mexico and soon after began teaching salsa there.

A few years later, she began performing hustle and Latin dance and then joined the National Chicano Dance Theater, a Denver, Colorado, company that dramatized the Chicano experience through dance. Torres toured with the company for two years.

In 1985, she returned to Ohio and formed the performing group Salseros Unlimited.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to diversity-initiatives@umuc.edu. Respond early, as seating is limited.