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University of Iowa News Release

April 8, 2003

Gusto Latino Celebrates Latin Culture April 11

The annual Gusto Latino Festival brings Latino culture alive through dance, food and celebration this Friday, April 11, from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union At the University of Iowa. The festival is coordinated by the UI International Crossroads Community (ICC).

Live music will be provided by Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, Iowa's own Latin music ensemble. The Latin Dancing Stars, led by Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes, will give free salsa lessons. The evening will culminate with a dance contest, and door prizes will be awarded throughout the festivities.

This event is free for UI students with ID, $3 for other students, and $5 for non-students. Tickets can be purchased at the IMU Box Office or at the door. Food can be purchased at the celebration for an additional cost.

For more information about Gusto Latino or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Blythe Burkhardt, International Programs, at (319) 335-1436 or

This event is sponsored by the ICC with additional significant support from the following: International Programs; the Latin American Studies Program; Campus Activities Board (CAB); Associated Residence Halls (ARH); UI Student Government, Sigma Lambda Gamma, with support from Gringos Mexican Restaurant; Pancheros; Dawn's Bead and Hide Away; Java House; Hardees; Vortex; and Carlos O'Kelleys.

Located in Hillcrest Residence Hall, the ICC is a living-learning community open to all students regardless of academic major or background, who are interested in global issues and different cultures. The ICC is made up of both international and U.S. students who have different language abilities, interests, ages, travel experiences and cultural backgrounds.

The ICC is affiliated with the UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Blythe Burkhardt, 319-335-1436 or Writer: Kent Nguyen