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A night of great dining, dancing and drama!

by Imani Coaxum - The Stylus
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 11:00 pm
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The College at Brockport’s Association of Latino American Students hosted its annual Lounging with ALAS event Friday. The organization celebrated the theme of Scarface to utilize its new theatre chair and its actors definitely hit the nail right on the head with every aspect of the event. 

The club’s mission is to promote diversity and culture throughout campus and this event was filled with Latin culture. 

The event theme was inspired by the notorious Scarface anti-hero, Tony Montana, which was not coincidental according to ALAS President, Savannah Valentin.

“The Scarface theme was chosen because of its Cuban main character Tony Montana [and that it] incorporated Latin culture with the decor based off the 1930’s mobster theme,” Valentin said. 

Valentin’s role in the club is to delegate tasks within her executive board, communicate and engage with Brockport students and staff, and educate others about the beauty of Latinx culture. 

The room was filled with decor that worked to enhance the event’s theme. It brought out everyone’s inner mobster, from the mug shot photo booth to the super fly fedoras and fake money scattered across all the tables. The club added a unique touch and even had a performance from the Brockport Swing Dance Society, since wing dance was a popular dance of the 1930s era. 

The event began with some spicy bachata and reggaeton choreography from the ALAS dance team “Latino Fuego”, in collaboration with the CSA dance team “New Level”, choreographed by dance coordinator of ALAS, Denise Torres.

“I believe that dance is an amazing way to express yourself,” Torres said. “[I used] reggaeton [because] I wanted my girls to have fun and just be themselves.” 

Torres’ role is a shared one with another dance coordinator and consist of signing out studio space, making music mixes for “Latino Fuego” to determine what kind of choreography it should perform for specific events, as well as developing the actual choreography itself. 

The mix of the two dance teams showed great diversity. The cumulation of two months of hard work had the crowd’s eyes glued pn the dancers from start to finish with the performance’s upbeat music mix and moves. 

“My favorite part of choreographing was determining the type of attitude I was gonna use to make the dance,” Torres said. 

 The dancers held nothing back and personified the sass and fierceness of the music as they danced to the song “Picky” by Joey Montana.

As the night continued, the club hosted a range of different entertainment aspects, including a few performances carried out by Latino associations from nearby colleges, such as the Psi chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority. 

To wrap up the night, ALAS introduced its theatre team for the very first time with a drama filled skit with the Latino Fuego dance team. 

The skit was about a wife who cheats on her husband with Montana, known as Scarface. As tensions rose throughout the skit, the husband and Montana clash leading to the husband’s death. Which ended the event with a bang.

“With that performance, we hyped up the crowd with the drama, the intensity of the scenes and of course the dances,” ALAS Vice President, Matthew Goris said. “We will definitely be mixing Latino Fuego and the ALAS theatre team into our performances for future events.” 

The event was a success at educating people on Latin culture with food, dancing and theatre. ALAS introduced a unique and creative touch to campus through their introduction to the story of Montana and the type of life he lived. 

With exceptional performances, food and music, it is clear students have a lot to look forward to from the organization’s future events. ALAS definitely rose the bar this year.

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