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April 26, 2007

Public Invited To Celebration Of Salsa Dance At Gusto Latino May 4

The University of Iowa International Crossroads Community (ICC) will hold its annual Latin dance festival, Gusto Latino, from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 4, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Dance lessons will be offered starting at 7:15 p.m. and a dance contest will begin at 9 p.m. Live music will be provided by Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, an 11-piece Latin jazz dance band featuring local musicians.

"Salsa dancing has become an international phenomenon," said Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator. "This event will showcase some of the best dancers in the Iowa City area, while providing the opportunity for those who are new to salsa dancing the chance to get their feet wet."

With its roots in Afro-Caribbean rhythms, salsa dancing provides an outlet for diverse artistic expressions, Quintero said.

Gusto Latino, an annual campus event for nearly two decades, is free for UI students with valid student identification, $4 for other students and $6 for non-students. Tickets are available in advance at the IMU Box Office or at the door.

Gusto Latino is the culminating event of the year for ICC, a living and learning community of 66 domestic and international undergraduate students in Mayflower Residence Hall. Residents seek to broaden their knowledge of international issues, languages and cultures while living in a close-knit group on one floor of the dorm. Event organizers include two undergraduate student programmers, Brain Fu and Michelle Gin, and ICC's resident assistant, Michael Adams. Graduate assistant, Si-Chi Chin, has been overseeing the planning.

For more information or for special accommodations to attend this event, contact Quintero at 319-335-0345 or

Gusto Latino is sponsored by the following: International Crossroads Community, International Programs; the Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program; the UI chapter of the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity; UI Student Government; the Office of Student Support Services; Opportunity at Iowa; Preparation and Resources for International Studies Majors; Coca-Cola; Iowa Book; T Spoons; the University Book Store; Panchero's Mexican Grill; and Pita Pit.

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Joe Nugent.