the top Latin dance band in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, will
headline the annual “One World” Cultural Festival on Feb. 22 at the University
of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
The theme of this year’s Cultural
Festival, which celebrates the many different cultures represented by the
Pitt-Bradford student body, faculty and staff and the surrounding community, is
In addition to plenty of dance, the
festival, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Frame-Westerberg Commons, will
feature international displays and booths, an international buffet, fashion
show and other entertainment. The festival is free, but those who wish to eat
at the buffet are asked to bring a dish to share or make a $5 donation.
“Azucar is a red hot dance band with a full repertoire
of Latin styles that include Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha-Cha, Bachata, Bolero,
Rhumba and Latin Jazz. The band is known
throughout the region for getting listeners out of their seats and on the dance
floor,” said Dr. Holly J. Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and
co-chairperson of the cultural festival.
Organizations and individuals will
showcase their cultures and traditions by sponsoring international displays and
booths beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Frame-Westerberg
Displays will focus on food and
culture in India, Mexico, Cyprus, China, Japan and Cameroon. Other topics will
include international travel, Habitat for Humanity, sustainability, the Women 4
Women Diversity Quilt, the Fair Trade movement, World Trivia, as well as Jewish
culture and cuisine in France.
Planned hands-on activities are a
basket weaving, an interactive Dance Jam by Gamers United and a spinning
demonstration by the Enchanted Mountain Weavers Guild.
The international fashion parade will
open the entertainment phase of the evening with Pitt-Bradford student models
showcasing Indian saris, Japanese kimonos, West African dashikis, and other outfits
from many cultures at 7:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room. After the
fashion parade, there will be a demonstration of tai chi, an internal Chinese martial art practice that contains
spiritual, mental or life energy aspects.
Next, the Pitt-Bradford Diamond
Steppers, back by popular demand, will perform a number that is a collection
of rhythms made by using their hands and feet. Responding
to chants or calls, the steppers stomp their feet or claps hands to a base beat
along with moving into different formations. Rounding out the student group performances will be the newly formed Bollywood Dancers and University
Dance Team, which has been a perennial
favorite of the festival over the past 8 years.
At 8:30 p.m., Azúcar
will take the stage.Azúcar (Spanish for “Sugar”) is a Latin Dance
Band with a flare for creating a tightly woven blend of song and dance rhythms
from the Americas, Puerto Rico and Spain. Known region-wide for their
versatility and superb musicianship, Azúcar's signature sound is sensual, warm
was founded by band leader Joe Herndon, a Bradford native, who is an award
recipient of the Pittsburgh Commission on Culture and Tourism. Following the
publication of his original compositions on two releases by the Pittsburgh Jazz
Society, Herndon formed Azúcar and dedicated
himself to the preservation of Latin music as a vehicle for cultural
features singer Indira Corales, whose unique vocal style draws heavily on the
rich legacy of indigenous music across Latin America. As a result of their dedication to Latin-roots
music, Azúcar has been propelled into the mainstream of contemporary world
music. With a large fan base, Azúcar delivers every time they step on stage.
The Commons Café will also be
adorned with flags, showing the nations that students call home. For
disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and
Services at 814-362-7609.