Music, dance and more to highlight '¡Fiesta Latina!' celebration

Performances of merengue, salsa and bachata music and dance will highlight “¡Fiesta Latina¡” — the Yale Peabody Museum’s eighth annual celebration of Latin American cultures.

This year’s event will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. There will be free admission and free parking for all.

In addition to performances of traditional and contemporary Latin American music and dance, there will be educational stations featuring touchable fossils, a look at “How Cultures Carry Things” and a “Make a Flag” activity.

Jorge Estevez, a Taíno from the Dominican Republic, will host a Taíno culture display. There also will be games, crafts and storytelling for the whole family.

The music and dance ensembles — all of whom will be dressed in authentic costumes  include Somos Peru, performing Andean music and dance; Generación Latina Virgen del Cisne, celebrating the cultures of Ecuador; and Los Melodicos, a Latin dance band from Venezuela that plays a blend of Colombian, Cuban and Dominican rhythms. Two groups from Yale will also entertain visitors: Sabrosura, a new Latin dance group that performs contemporary arrangements, and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale, which will present traditional dances and movements from Mexico.

“¡Fiesta Latina! 2010” is sponsored by Univision. Support was provided by the Yale Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education under HEA Title VI for international, area and foreign language studies. Additional sponsors include the International Association of New Haven, Yale Latino Network Group, La Guia Hispana, and the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Grants Program.

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is located at 170 Whitney Ave. For further information, visit www.peabody.yale.edu or call the Infotape at 203-432-5050.

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