Let’s Dance: International Education Week Brings Learning to Ballroom

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Our STEM’s got rhythm. From human-centered computer research to the performing arts, dance is alive on the Michigan Technological University campus. As part of nationwide International Education Week celebrations, the University is throwing a community dance party.

Michigan Tech International Programs and Services invites everyone of all ages to learn the stories and steps of traditional dances of Africa and India, along with Latin salsa, at the international social from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2018, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The free lessons are hosted by the Indian Students Association, NOSOTROS (Latino and Hispanic culture), and the African Students Organization. No experience required. Prize drawings and snacks add to the fun.
Feel the Beat Now 
Stephanie Okyere Sarpong, a biomedical engineering grad student with the Michigan Tech African Students Organization, will teach a traditional African dance. “I’ve been dancing pretty much since I was a little girl,” she says. “I just started teaching an Afrobeat fitness class this semester. It’s all about learning some African dance moves, while having fun and burning calories—any one at all can participate regardless of fitness level or dance skill.
At the dance party, Sarpong will teach a cultural-based dance with some history behind it. Again, it’s for all skill and fitness levels.
Michigan Tech NOSOTROS is no stranger to salsa lessons—Rachel Hetherington, pursuing her PhD in geology, and researcher Thomas Werner, an assistant professor of biological sciences, offer classes from 7-8 p.m. every Monday at Canterbury House. NOSOTROS, which means “we” or “us,” was established at Michigan Tech to create community and understanding about Hispanic and Latin culture. “We are looking for new members,” says Hetherington, who hails from England. Ironically, the group doesn’t currently have any members from Latin America or with Latino heritage.       
The Indian Students Association rounds off the night of dance lessons teaching Bollywood, bharatnatyam and katthak …

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