Cardozo students learn bachata as Lana Learn and the Latino Student Fund implement after-school programs that promote education beyond the classroom.
At Lana Learn, we believe that education goes beyond textbooks and traditional classrooms. We have partnered with the Latino Student Fund (LSF) to implement programming for the OSSE-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant. We are currently working with them on their Te Guio program at Cardozo High School. Te Guio guides students in 9th and 10th grade on the path to graduation, enrolling in higher education, and transitioning to a healthy adulthood. The Latino Student Fund and Lana Learn strive to give students opportunities to explore their interests and expand their horizons. We know that success can be derived from education beyond the classroom. Recently, we had a talented local instructor, named Luis, teach an exciting bachata class!
Cardozo Students Learn Bachata
Bachata, a lively and rhythmic dance style that originated from the Dominican Republic, has gained immense popularity worldwide. This month, Cardozo High School students got the chance to immerse themselves in this vibrant art form. Luis began the lesson with examples about how bachata music has changed, starting with classic bachata and ending with a fusion of bachata and pop. He then taught the basic steps followed by more complicated steps as everyone mastered those. At the end of the hour, everyone felt like they could bachata!
Luis brought his expertise and infectious energy to the classroom, which made the session both educational and enjoyable. His passion for dancing and dedication to teaching extends beyond technique and choreography. He instills a love for bachata in his students and encourages each person to embrace their individuality and have fun with it.
While learning bachata may seem like a purely recreational activity, it offers benefits that extend beyond the dance floor. It fosters social connections and boosts self-confidence as students experience personal growth through mastering new moves. It also promotes cultural appreciation and provides students with a creative outlet and a healthy form of self-expression.
We look forward to having Luis back in the future to teach us more about bachata!