Latin American Art and Culture
This program introduces students to three popular, cultural genres in Latin America: salsa, bachata and merengue. Beginning with the origin of the genre, students will learn how it became popular and how it was influenced. (Did you know that salsa draws strong influence from African culture and instruments?) Students will dive into a brief history of the Dominican Republic, including when and how merengue and bachata originated and became popular in the country (by the dictator, in fact!). Students will learn the same about the origin of salsa, and its roots in Cuba. Through readings and videos on the countries’ histories and on song structure, students will become familiar with vocabulary of the instruments, and with the countries’ geographies. Finally, and if time allows, students will begin to learn how to dance in the various styles, practicing the basics and incorporating key and popular moves.
Visaury Moreta teaches Spanish at The Roxbury Latin School as a Fellow through the University of Pennsylvania, where she will receive her Master’s in Education in 2020. She graduated from Holy Cross in 2018, where she majored in Spanish and Latin American/Latino Studies, and minored in Education Studies.
For: Boys and Girls, ages 10-14
Weeks Available: July 8-July 26, 2019 (three-week commitment)
Times Available: 8:30-10 a.m. or 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $699 for three weeks