Celebrating the richness of Caribbean culture, the Caribbean Student Association (CSA) invites the HWS and Geneva communities to the 17th annual Masquerade Ball to indulge in traditional food, performances and music in the effort of strengthening community bonds. The event takes place at Belhurst Castle on Saturday, March 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.
“It is our hope that students will have the opportunity to learn something new about a different culture while experiencing it firsthand with faculty, staff and guests,” says Amber Williams ’17, co-prime minister of CSA.
This year’s theme is “Whine ‘N Dine,” an allusion to the Caribbean dance form called whining that acts as a regional thumbprint between each of the islands. Live performances will include the Caribbean dance company FuturPointe from Rochester, N.Y., and the Brazilian dance group Samba Novo from New York City. Guy Thorne, artistic director of FuturPointe, will perform a solo and offer keynote remarks; President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan will serve as the guests of honor.
“This year’s event celebrates culture through the performing arts,” says CSA faculty adviser and Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson, who will perform an excerpt from a work that she created last year. “Because the visual and performing arts speak to the values and beliefs of the people who create it, the arts have always acted as a preserver of the past, a mirror of the present and a reflection of traditions forthcoming.”
“The theme of celebrating Caribbean dance is one of the first themes for the Masquerade Ball when CSA started it 18 years ago. I think it is nice that we came up with a theme that echoes our beginnings, and that we continue to pass this tradition along,” says Williams. “We look forward to seeing CSA continue to progress and grow and for it to continue to be a place for students to call their family away from home.”
Tickets can be purchased during tabling in the Scandling Campus Center. Tickets are $10 for students; and $15 for faculty, staff and community members $15. Transportation will be offered to and from the Medbery parking lot.
Students can become involved with CSA by attending weekly meetings hosted at the Intercultural Affairs Center on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m.