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8th Annual Allentown SD Foundation Latin Dance Competition Features Students from 4 Middle Schools

8th Annual Latin Dance Competition Features Students from 4 Middle Schools
Posted on 11/11/2019
In a celebration of both culture and healthy activity, the Annual Latin Dance Competition will be held for the eighth time on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The public is invited to attend this special performance. The event is sponsored by Highmark with support from the Latino Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley.

The Latin Dance Competition is an opportunity for students from the four middle schools in the Allentown School District to learn some special Latin dances, including the salsa, bachata and merengue, from professional dance instructors. Students also learn about teamwork and discipline throughout the 10-week program.

Mark Your Calendar

November 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Latin Dance Competition

William Allen High School

John F. McHugh Auditorium

106 North 17th Street, Allentown

Tickets at the door: $5.00/adult

$3.00/student with ID

Children under age 5 free

“Students of all cultures are brought together by an interest in dance,” says Irene Blough, Program Founder and the evening’s emcee.  “Under the guidance of dedicated and talented professional dance instructors and coaches, the students are invited to deepen their love and understanding of Latin dance and are challenged to grow emotionally through commitment, discipline and teamwork. The culmination of ten weeks of training is a dazzling competition in which students from the four middle schools present intricate choreography to music dear to many of our families before an appreciative and loving audience.”

For many ASD students, this competition is a celebration of their own cultures. At this evening on November 20, winners will be announced in select categories as well as the grand champion. 

Highmark contributed $2,500 for the program and the Latino Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley added a $100 gift. Funding from the Education Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC) also provides support and several individual donors also made contributions. 

The program highlights the health benefits as students get regular exercise while learning new and fun skills. The Health, Safety and Physical Education standards include factors that affect the relationship between regular physical activity and motor skill improvement, including: success-oriented activities; school-community resources; variety of activities; and time on task. Students from each school meet one day a week after school to learn these three dances leading up to the competition.

The dance instruction and support team consists of:

Irene Blough – Emcee
Mercedes Van Aken – Dance Instructor
Eric Bass – Dance Instructor
Brenna Schlossberg – Dance Coach, Harrison Morton Middle School
Tara Beaky – Dance Coach, Raub Middle School
Maria Figueroa – Dance Coach, South Mountain Middle School
Jennifer Halucha – Dance Coach, Trexler Middle School
Vicki Newhard – ASD Foundation Administrator

Please join us for a fun-filled evening of truly beautiful dancing. 


Latin Dance Student Roster 2019

Harrison- Morton Middle School

Raub Middle School

Princess Baez

Aniya Carr

Nashaly Cortes

David Conrad

Eliel Figueroa

Heaven Conrad

Dayanelys Fresse

Anya Cruz

Jeremy Gomez

Alexis Gilleo

Mariana King

Serenity Gonzalez

Maylani Morrero

Sijade Inman

Joseph Perez

Alfonso Jaquez

Cynthia Quirez

Sabastein Jimenez

Anastasia Rodriguez

Sadie Kayser

Jayden Santos

Adriana Maldonado

Eilin Sosa

Alaysha Maldonado

Mayra Talero

Yoskar Morales

Aijalynn Washington

Christina Rivera

Nasya Washington

Kelly Rodriguez


Diamond Torres

South Mountain Middle School


Noelia Aviles


Ana Diaz

Trexler Middle School

Giovanni Figueroa

Deandra Cruz

Milquelys Herrera de Dios

Kiara Larrama

Elekza Quiles Hottenstein

Adriana Lugo

Melody Baez Martinez

Sharalis Ortiz

Mia Martinez

Gabriella Rodriguez

Diane Moussa

Angelina Rosado

Yismery Munoz

Nathalia Santiago

Yanelis Perez

Sherley Tejada

Yarelis Perez

Amani Velazquez

Yasel Rodriguez

Irialny Henriquez

Victor Rosado


Midalys Ruiz


Yamil Santana


Allentown School District Foundation:

With a vision for enriched education for Allentown School District students, the ASD Foundation mission is to encourage, promote and support innovative educational experiences for students in the Allentown School District. If you would like to learn more, please contact the foundation at 484-765-4093 or [email protected]. The mailing address is P.O. Box 328, 31 South Penn Street, Allentown PA 18105.