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Preview: La Gala emulates Latin Grammys

by Kelvin Collado - Staff Writter
Tue, Mar 5th 2019 10:00 pm

Lights, camera and action! Students of The College at Brockport are preparing themselves for the annual Association of Latinx American Student (ALAS) Gala event. La Gala is ALAS’ annual formal event which showcases Latin culture through different outlets, such as dance, poetry, food and song. The event will provide an inclusive environment for students to explore their Latin roots. 

This year’s theme will be centered around the Latin Grammys. The Latin Grammys focuses on Latin artists and recognizes their accomplishments throughout the years. This year’s event seeks to teach people about the essence of Latin culture by teaching the attendees what it really means to be a LatinX student at Brockport and how they should embrace their culture even attending a school that’s predominately white. 

ALAS has been working vigorously to factor in the different types of Hispanic cultures there are in Latin America. The audience can expect to see these different cultures specifically during the dance routines where attendees will be able to see movements that derived from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and even Cuba, where salsa originated from. President of ALAS Heidi Robles was able to give some insight on what students will be experiencing at the event. 

“You should expect to see some spoken word that I’m personally excited for and on top of that we are bringing in different performances from Rochester, showcasing their talents,” Robles said.

Since this is her last semester before she graduates, Robles aims to make this her best show, particularly because she’s been an active member of ALAS for all of her four years here at Brockport. Vice President Yisel Hernandez was able to give her input on what she wants students to take away from this year’s La Gala. 

“I want the audience to see that the LatinX community and all other communities are the same and should be able to come together more often, not just when there are events going on,” Hernandez said. 

Even though the event is only three years old, it has a prestigious reputation and is revered by the public because it’s a time when attendees are able to dress formally and hang out with their friends while learning the true definition of the Latin community and enjoying some hispanic food. 

Lillian Ayala, Event Coordinator for ALAS, is patiently waiting for March 9.

“I’m excited for the ballroom to experience the rich cultures and to show the audience what ALAS has in store for the audience,” Ayala said. 

The e-board is happy to show the campus what they have planned for this years Gala.They want to educate students on the real meaning of LatinX while putting on a great show from poets, singers and dancers. Students can expect a music, performances and possible surprises from the e-board. 

Students should be dressed to impress and have their tickets on hand at the door on Saturday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Seymour College Union for $2 for students and $5 for non-student guests.

kcoll7@brockport.edu | @king__kevv