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University of Iowa News Release

April 28, 2006

Gusto Latino May 6 Provides Latin Dance Fun, Raises Funds

The annual University of Iowa Latin dance festival, Gusto Latino, will provide fun for those who attend and funds for citizens of Xicotepec, Mexico.

This is the third year the UI International Crossroads Community, UI International Programs and the Rotary Club of Iowa City have teamed up to sponsor the event. Gusto Latino will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 6, in the Wheelroom of the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. The event will feature salsa lessons, a dance competition and the music of Calle Sur - Latin Fiesta.

The event is free for UI students with a valid student ID, $4 for other students and $6 for non-students. There is a suggested $1 donation. The proceeds of Gusto Latino will go to Rotary's Xicotepec Education Projects in Mexico.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this festival, contact Blythe Burkhardt, UI International Programs, at 319-335-3512 or

"Gusto Latino is always an exciting event on campus. It's a great way to send out the year," says Danielle Pettit, an organizer for the event. "You will be able to dance, talk, eat and be amazed by the wealth of talent in our community. It's a great study break before finals."

Gusto Latino has been an annual event at the UI for almost two decades. This is the third year it has been affiliated with the Xicotepec Project.

The International Crossroads Community, located in Hillcrest Hall, is open to all students interested in international issues, foreign languages or who want to learn about different cultures. Membership is diverse, and in addition to the annual festival, the student organization sponsors several other cultural events throughout the year, including an International Open House and foreign film screenings.

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

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Blythe Burkhardt, 319-335-3512; Writer: Danielle Pettit