As the culmination of events marking Hispanic American Heritage Month, students at Devers Elementary School in York were treated to some traditional dances performed by their classmates Friday.
Alida Velez, a city resident from Puerto Rico, volunteered to teach the children some traditional dances from countries such as Puerto Rico and Cuba. They spent time after school a couple of days a week for several weeks, she said.
Velez said she previously worked with students at McKinley Elementary School, and this was her first year working with kids at Devers. She said she enjoys working with the kids, and they get a chance to learn about their culture and about the music from different countries.
In addition to the dancers, Friday’s presentation included a talk show, featuring students as famous Hispanic Americans – activist Cesar Chavez, artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and scientist Luis Leloir. Devers student Augustine Mariche – well known in York for his singing talents – closed the show. Earlier, the school held a food tasting as part of their celebrations.
Here are some videos from the day: