CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 20, 2000
Gusto Latino festival promises a taste of Spanish culture
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For more than a decade, the annual Latino dance festival
Gusto Latino has brought together people of various hues to celebrate Spanish
culture with native dance and music.
This year's public event will be held from 8 p.m. until midnight Saturday,
March 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom and is free to University
of Iowa students who present a valid student I.D. The cost is $3 for non-UI
students and $5 for other members of the public.
Gusto Latino is an International Crossroads Community program and is co-sponsored
by the UI Student Government and the Stepping Up Project.
Christina Powers, a Spanish programmer and an event organizer, says area
band Alto Maiz will play live music for the audience throughout the event
and the Latin American Dance Club will offer dance lessons early during the
The International Crossroads Community is open to all students interested
in international issues, foreign language or who want to learn about different
cultures, Powers says. Membership is diverse, and in addition to the annual
festival, the student organization sponsors several other cultural events
throughout the year, including the Omatursi (Japanese), Oktoberfest (German)
and Rigolade (French) festivals.
The International Crossroads Community is affiliated with the UI International
Programs, a department with various offices, centers, degree programs and
other services that serve to further internationalize the campus and the community,
and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
For more information about Gusto Latino, contact Christina Powers at (319)
353-3069 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.