The Panamanian Student Organization put on an informative show with traditional dance, poems, singing, music and a presentation about Panama and the Panama canal Saturday afternoon in Freeman Auditorium. Hosted by the president and Underground contributor Dorianne Young and vice president Alexandra Young, Panamanian Cultural Night was fun, lively, and interesting.
The show opened with a traditional dance called La Gozadera meaning “The Party” by Monica Gonzales, Alexandra Leon, Dorianne Young, and Yashna Sachdev. Next a poem called Patria meaning “Homeland” was recited by Gabriela Cedeno followed by a traditional dance called Diablicos Espejo performed by Alexandra Leon, Dorianne Young, and Guillermo Yau.
A traditional Panamanian wedding dance was presented called El Punto by Gabriela Cedeno and David Campos which was followed by another dance called Tierra y Dos Mares meaning “Earth and Two Oceans” performed by Alexandra Leon, Dorianne Young, Gabriela Cedeño, Richie Buell, David Campos, and Melecio Quintana. Then a presentation of the history of the Panama Canal, how it works, and future plans of new locks to accomadate larger ships.
Overall The Panamanian Cultural Night was successful and upon interviewing some audience members after the show they had a consensus that they would come again next year and that the show opened their eyes to a new culture they have never thought about before.