Our Lady of Guadalupe dance brings cultural experience to campus


Photo by: Daniel O’Loughlin

A live mariachi band and celebration of Latin culture drew students to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Dance in the J.C. Williams Center the night of Nov. 16. 

The event was decorated with vivid streamers and balloons that canopied the atrium, which was crowded with both students and families alike. Guests were treated to a taco bar and other foods, like homemade tamales that were made by Steubenville locals.  

Live music performed by a youth mariachi band filled the atmosphere, which was lively and full of joy.  

“It was amazing seeing the community come together to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and celebrate Latin culture,” said Angie Ordaz, sophomore. 

Admission and food were free of charge. From experienced dancers to those with two left feet, everyone enjoyed moving their hips to the live music and the popular Spanish hit songs that were also played. 

Aileen Casillas, junior and president of Latinos for Christ, said the club put on the celebration “to create an atmosphere for the Steubenville community to share in fellowship and Latino culture.” Due to the high attendance seen at the event, Casillas believes that “the event was a huge success.” 

Guests truly enjoyed the slice of Latin America that came to campus for people to celebrate, no matter their heritage. 

“The party was amazing! I was impressed by how well Latinos for Christ did in organizing it,” said Santiago Olvia, freshman. “There was music and food and a bunch of people. Everyone had a great time.”