Ms. Claudia Salazar, Ms. Legna Lindor, and Mr. Thomas Narducci

Hola! We are thrilled to share with you the vibrant experience our 8th-grade Spanish class had on their recent field trip to the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet performance held in Maitland, Florida, on May 1. Forty-seven of our students, accompanied by chaperones Ms. Legna Lindor, Ms. Claudia Salazar, and Mr. Tom Narducci, embarked on an unforgettable cultural journey of song and dance.

Ms. Claudia Salazar, Ms. Legna Lindor, and Mr. Thomas Narducci

The Hispanic Flamenco Ballet is a nonprofit organization dedicated to immersive cultural education. Performances encapsulate the rich tapestry of Spanish culture evident around the world and in the United States. This show transported our students into the heart of Hispanic cultures through a mesmerizing blend of music and dance. From the moment they stepped into the theater, they were immersed in a whirlwind of rhythms and movements that celebrated the rich diversity of Hispanic heritage.

The performance showcased a dazzling array of music genres, including bachata, salsa, merengue, cumbia, flamenco, and Latin pop, all brought to life by a sensational live band. With each beat, students felt the energy pulsating through the auditorium, igniting their curiosity and passion for exploration.

Highlighting the performance were five exceptionally talented dancers, hailing from Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Spain. Their graceful movements and precise footwork left our students in awe as they witnessed the seamless fusion of tradition and innovation on stage. With each costume change and intricate dance sequence, the dancers transported our students to distant lands, inviting them to experience the beauty of Hispanic culture firsthand.

One of the most memorable moments of the morning was when AJ Jackson, an eighth-grade student, was called up on stage, along with Mr. Narducci, our eighth-grade social studies teacher, for an impromptu performance. The sheer joy and excitement on their faces as they danced alongside other members of the audience truly encapsulated the spirit of community and camaraderie that permeated the entire event.

As the morning ended, our students left the theater with a newfound appreciation for the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture. The Hispanic Flamenco Ballet had not only entertained them but had also ignited their curiosity and inspired them to explore the world around them with open minds and eager hearts. Adam Hymore, an eighth-grade student, had the following to say about his experience that morning: “I liked the Latin pop music they did, and the salsas from different countries. My favorite thing they did was the Latin pop. I learned how many different cultures have their own unique ways of dances and music, and I also learned that some of the songs are made with aspects of their history.”

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Ms. Claudia Salazar, Ms. Legna Lindor, and Mr. Tom Narducci for their exceptional dedication and guidance throughout the trip. We would like to thank Mr. Urquhart and Mrs. Fracker for their leadership and sharing in the vision of providing our students with immersive experiences to enrich their education. Their commitment to providing our students with meaningful cultural experiences is truly commendable and deeply appreciated.

The eighth-grade Spanish field trip to the Flamenco Ballet was an enriching and unforgettable experience for all involved. We look forward to continuing to provide our students with opportunities to explore and celebrate the diversity of our world.


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