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Performance to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September  30, 2011

Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico

The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico, a traditional Mexican dance group, will perform on Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m. in Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). The show is open to the public.

“The performance is one of several offered by the Office of Student Activities in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Ken Brill, director of student activities and associate dean of students. “In addition, Student Services at Augustana launched a Discover Difference initiative this year which encourages students to move beyond their comfort zones and experience cultures, religious traditions and perspectives designed to stretch their world view.”

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15, and celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico is a cultural tradition for local families, especially the children, who connect with their heritage by dancing to a variety of traditional Mexican songs. The non-profit dance group, which was organized in 1984, currently has approximately 50 members ranging in age from 4 to 19 years old.

“This upcoming Ballet Folklorico performance is an invitation to Augustana students, as well as the greater Quad-City community, to appreciate diversity and a unique cultural tradition,” said Greg Aguilar, director of multicultural services at Augustana.

General public tickets cost $8. Tickets are available at the Augustana Ticket Office, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, during regular business hours. Or they can be charged by phone at (309) 794-7306 or purchased online at www.augustana.edu/tickets. Tickets for Augustana faculty/staff with an ID (limit of four) and Augustana students with an ID (limit of one) are free; tickets may be picked up at the ticket office.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu