It Takes Two…or More, to Collaborate: Co-Sponsors Reflect on Tango Workshop

| February 27, 2014
Webster's tango students at "Dance to a Different Beat: Argentine Tango" on Feb. 28

Webster students really “embraced” the workshop, “Dance to a Different Beat: Argentine Tango,” in the University Center’s Sunnen Lounge on Feb. 25.

Internationally known Argentine tango performer, Mauro Peralta with dance partner Loelle Lim, presented “Dance to a Different Beat: Argentine Tango” to Webster students, faculty and staff in the University Center's Sunnen Lounge on Feb. 25.

Internationally known Argentine tango performer Mauro Peralta, with dance partner Loelle Lim.

Ask around about what makes Webster University a wonderful place for teaching and learning, and you’ll hear a variety of responses. Some will tout the dedicated professors and awesome students. Others emphasize its global curriculum and opportunities to study abroad.

Webster is all of those things, plus even more.

On Feb. 25, we witnessed a truly collaborative effort in bringing to our campus an internationally known Argentine tango performer, Mauro Peralta. Peralta and Loelle Lim, his dance partner, presented “Dance to a Different Beat: Argentine Tango,” a workshop attended by over 75 Webster students, faculty and staff.

The Spirit of Collaboration

Our institutional mission of educating students for individual excellence and global citizenship is advanced when we provide opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to examine and experience culture and traditions other than their own. The recent Tango workshop was very successful, in large part due to the support of each of the departments and clubs who came together to co-sponsor and organize the event.

Many groups contributed to make this performance possible. International Languages and Cultures presented the idea and Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs, Dance Club, Center for International Education, Latin American Studies and Latin American Student Organization supported it. All involved contributed their expertise, time, resources and ideas in all areas of event promotion and marketing, layout of the room, logistics and event coordination.

Learning some new moves!

Learning some new moves!

Language, culture, food, music and dance came together in an unforgettable afternoon. This event highlights the true spirit of collaboration in the essence of Webster University.

For more information on how this collaboration developed, visit the College of Arts and Sciences blog, Global Thinking.

Submitted by Mercedes Stephenson, International Languages and Cultures adjunct faculty, and Bethany Keller, MCISA assistant director

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