Students challenge themselves and make new friends

By Luis Montoya
On October 1, 2015

It’s no secret that college can be stressful and working as a full time college student can be overwhelming. The Multicultural Center encourages students to get rid of their stress and relax from the pressure of homework and tests by attending their dance classes every Tuesday and Thursday until Dec. 3. Dance classes will be available to the community and the student body from 6 to 9 p.m. outside the Multicultural Center in the University Center for free.

“Dancing is a great opportunity to develop creativity in the form of shaking off stress,” freshman Kimberly Chavez said.

“The purpose behind this project is for everyone to find a warm environment,” coordinator of the dance program Lorina Soza said. “By dancing you can meet new friends and discover your talent.”

Haley Biggs, graphic design major, teaches the Dance Aerobics class. She said that her class is basically a hip-hop choreography class but it’s different than the other hip-hop class so she changed the name to fit her demographic.

“My class aims towards people who want to get better at dancing while getting into shape and challenging themselves,” Biggs said.

Since the beginning of 2013 Biggs has been teaching dance classes after she came back from Korea as an exchange student.

“Korea reignited my love for dance,” Biggs said. “Coming back I wanted to create a space for people like me who wanted to progress in the urban street dance realm which is pretty much nonexistent in San Angelo. I wanted a place other exchange students could come to have fun and spend time with other students without having to worry about a language barrier.”

Students are welcome to go by the Multicultural Center and pitch their own ideas for new dance classes as well.

“Classes are fun and you get to enjoy it while you dance,” said former member Jessica Ramirez. “I think people should join because its lots of fun and you get to exercise for free.”

Dance classes offer a source of exercise and also help students meet new people.

“As a freshman this year, dance classes seem like a good way to meet new people and dance at the same time,” Chavez said.

The dancing program started in 2009 and will continue to thrive as long as there is participation.

“Anyone in the community regardless of age or dance experience is encouraged to take all the classes we offer,” Biggs said. “If you want to specifically take my class you should go if you like dancing to upbeat R&B music and are looking for a challenge.”

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