Georgetown’s Latin American Student Association is clearly committed to dancing til the world ends.

LASA presented “Apocalypto,” its sixth annual Reventón Latino dance bash in Gaston Hall Friday night.

The event, which showcases international dance and culture, was first established in 2006 as a way to foster a Latin American presence in the Georgetown community through artistic expression. To date, the event is the only Latin American artistic showcase on campus.

“What [Reventón] is all about is to show the culture, to promote the energy that we share as Latin Americans with Georgetown and to bring the region to the Georgetown community,” LASA President Alma Caballero (SFS ’13) said. “We want to engage the Georgetown community, and we think the best way to do this is by dancing and having fun and sharing the spice and energy that we all bring.”

Reventón’s scope has become broader since its founding, transforming from an expression of Latin American pride to a celebration of worldwide culture. This year, members of Irish and Middle Eastern dance groups were invited to perform alongside the Latin American dance group.

“It was really telling that we incorporated other cultures, because Latin America is not only a region that is composed of people from one heritage. It is a combination of many,” Caballero said. “All of us are bringing our own cultures here, and as a way of bringing it here, we share our culture with others.”

This year’s theme, Apocalypto, was based on the Mayan prediction that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012.

“The theme came about by accident,” Reventón co-chair Yasmin Serrato (SFS ’13) said. “The year 2012 and the end of the world happened to fit with Latino and ancient history,”

Caballero agreed.

“What we want to do is celebrate and dance our message as if it was the last day we had to celebrate. It’s a way of bringing history and heritage together,” she said.

Reventón Masters of Ceremonies Julian de la Paz (SFS ’15) and Sophia Stid (SFS ’14) asked the audience for suggestions about ways Latinos and the broader Georgetown community could unite to prevent the impending disaster.

The audience’s answers included dance, travel and celebration, but education — with a focus on service to the broader Georgetown and D.C. community — arose as the fundamental solution.

Reventón doubled as a fundraiser, and all ticket and after-party proceeds will be donated to Students Helping Honduras and Mentores Solidartes — organizations that fund schools in Honduras and Nicaragua, respectively. While a total has not yet been calculated, Serrato said she believes the event surpassed last year’s total of $4,000.

“We are hoping to match it,” Serrato said. “The show was more expensive this year since [student technical crew] Strike Force no longer exists, forcing us to contact outside vendors”

Sam Dulik (SFS ’13), LASA vice president of public affairs, praised the event’s accessibility.

“[Reventón] is for people who share an interest in communicating culture through the arts,” Dulik said. “I think the message is very clear: You can know nothing about Latin America — you can never havetravelled to Latin America before — but Reventón is something that everyone can enjoy.”

Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J., who attended the event, said he enjoyed the wide array of performances.

“I especially appreciated the way the show highlighted the diversity within the Latin American and Latino communities,” he said. “The feeling of celebration extended to all, from those on stage to those at the back of Gaston.”

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