**For Immediate Release**
Salsa . . . Not Just for Chips
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 07-15-05
by Sara Jane Richter
Goodwell, OK - Last evening, the ballroom at Oklahoma Panhandle State University resounded with the exciting and seductive sounds of salsa music-providing a perfect opportunity for a time of cultural exchange and enjoyment. Since July 11, 20 Guymon High School students have been on campus learning traditional Mexican dances from Chihuahua and the Yucatan under the tutelage of Alex and Mary Palencia, professional dance instructors from Dallas, Texas. Then, on Thursday, the enthusiastic teachers and their talented students offered a salsa exhibition on campus.
The students, dressed in black, danced their hearts out to the amazement and thrill of the spectators who tapped their toes and clapped their hands to the sensual Latin beat. Encouraged by Alex, Mary, and their students, audience members joined the dance students in conga lines, on the dance floor, and in a laugh-filled game of musical chairs. Those salsa rhythms are too inviting and infectious to stay seated for long, and no one was immune. Even OPSU president, Dr. David Bryant, received a salsa lesson from Mary. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the high-energy evening and went home with a catchy salsa rhythm playing in their heads and the spicy taste of the other salsa, courtesy of Caktus Jack's, Acapulco Restaurant, and the Seafood and Taco Shop, sizzling on their tastebuds.
The students' week-long Mexicano folklorico workshop culminates this evening at 6 p.m. in Hughes-Strong Auditorium with a dance recital which is free of charge and open to the public.