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IN PHOTOS: Café con Leche 2022

The Association of Latin American Students brought Café con Leche onstage in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Miguel Beristain
Mexican Folklorico dancers cheer, as captured on Oct. 22, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Miguel Beristain)

The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) put on their annual Café con Leche on Oct. 22 in Langford Auditorium. The event featured a variety of Latin American folk dances and cross-culture performances, all with breathtaking stage production.

While the showcase generally occurs in the spring, this year’s showcase was held close to Día de los Muertos, with the theme “Amor y Muerte” (love and death), and was included as part of ALAS’s Latin American and Hispanic History Month programming.

Between performances, ALAS presented a playful intermittent video about cultural experiences, spiritual journeys and friendships that laced the showcase together. The vlog celebrated the individuality within and diversity between a multitude of cultural identities. 

While the Café performances mainly showcased the complex and vibrant culture of Latin America, it also invited other cultural organizations on campus. Hip-hop dance group VIBE, South Asian dance group Bhangradores and opera singer Justin Colon are among the people who came to share the Café stage. These guest acts brought talents from around campus to create a lineup from diverse backgrounds and styles. All of these groups distinctly embodied the artistic expressiveness found in cultures around the world. 

The showcase closed with a message for the audience: Focus on the journey instead of the destination and enjoy life to its full extent. As conveyed by the show’s theme, death—which is often thought of as life’s endpoint—is not a scary prospect if one makes a meaningful and everlasting journey out of their life. The aforementioned video similarly emphasized that, despite different cultures’ varying perspectives about the afterlife, we should live life to the fullest and venture onto every experience it provides.

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Miguel Beristain
Miguel Beristain, Senior Staff Photographer
Miguel Beristain (’24) is a philosophy and cellular and molecular biology double major in the College of Arts and Science from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. When not shooting for The Hustler, he can usually be found playing Magic the Gathering, exploring new restaurants or practicing guitar. He can be reached at .
Ophelia Lu
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Editor
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
Arianna Santiago
Arianna Santiago, Senior Staff Photographer
Arianna Santiago ('24) is from Bremerton, Wash., and studying electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering. When not shooting for The Hustler or for freelance work, Arianna can be found leading campus tours, organizing events for University Catholic, attempting to study and procrastinating her lab reports. You can reach her at [email protected].
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Eduardo Torres
1 year ago

Muchas felicidades!! Veo hermosas imágenes, de seguramente maravillosos bailes. Con respeto Saludos desde México