Fun, Fame, and Food
One of my favorite events of the semester is taking place tomorrow, and even though it always involves a lot of time and prep work, I can’t wait! One of the dimensions of Harvard College that makes it such an incredible place is the different experiences, identities and cultures that are represented at Harvard University. Every year, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations hosts an event to honor this very thing.
I have gotten to perform at Cultural Rhythms several times while I’ve been here at Harvard, as part of Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan, a traditional Mexican folk dance troupe. It’s always a really powerful experience for me, seeing different groups, with different styles of music, different outfits, connecting with different cultures by sharing it with an audience on stage. A few of groups that I’ll get to share the stage and experience with this year are Deepam, Under Construction, Bhangra, Hellenic Society, Kuumba, Taekwando, Breakers, Asian American Dance Troupe, Omo Naija, and Mariachi.
Cultural Rhythms is an annual celebration which features not only wonderful student performances, but also honors an Artist of the Year. For the 32nd Cultural Rhythms celebration, the Harvard Foundation will be honoring the amazing Viola Davis! My sophomore year, I got meet and perform for Eva Longoria. Being able to perform for Eva Longoria in particular as an honoree meant a lot me, as a Latina at Harvard.
After seeing some fun performances with a remarkable Artist of the Year, there is a food festival to continue the celebration! Different student organizations are invited to take part and share a dish; I got to help serve churros my second year.
Overall, the Cultural Rhythms celebration has been one of my favorite parts of the semester every year at Harvard. Not just because it’s a good time, but because it’s an opportunity to share and celebrate one of the best parts of Harvard; the people.
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My name is Yesenia Ortiz, and I am a senior in Adams House, concentrating in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, with a secondary in Latino Studies. I am from the San Fernando Valley in... View full profile