SSI hosts 'fiesta grande': Fort Jackson celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Susanne Kappler, Fort Jackson LeaderOctober 20, 2011

Students from C.C. Pinckney and Pierce Terrace elementary schools perform a Merengue dance during the post's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Saturday at Patriot Park.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Students from C.C. Pinckney and Pierce Terrace elementary schools perform a Merengue dance during the post's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Saturday at Patriot Park. (Photo Credit: Susanne Kappler) VIEW ORIGINAL
Members of "Sabor Loco," a Northeast Columbia-based Zumba group, offer a demonstration during the festival. Other performers during the event included the salsa band "El Calvito & Orquesta Con Clase," Reggaeton artist Willython and the Charleston-based salsa dance company "Oui Dance 2." The festival was hosted by the Soldier Support Institute and encompassed the theme, "Many backgrounds, many stories and one American spirit."
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of "Sabor Loco," a Northeast Columbia-based Zumba group, offer a demonstration during the festival. Other performers during the event included the salsa band "El Calvito & Orquesta Con Clase," Reggaeton artist Willython and the Charleston-based salsa dance company "Oui Dance 2." The festival was hosted by the Soldier Support Institute and encompassed the theme, "Many backgrounds, many stories and one American spirit." (Photo Credit: Susanne Kappler) VIEW ORIGINAL
Children participate in arts and crafts activities at the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Children participate in arts and crafts activities at the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. (Photo Credit: Susanne Kappler) VIEW ORIGINAL
Leo Morel performs a Spanish version of "Stand by me."
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Leo Morel performs a Spanish version of "Stand by me." (Photo Credit: Susanne Kappler) VIEW ORIGINAL
Myriam Torres, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and director of the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, was guest speaker at Saturday's event.
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Myriam Torres, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and director of the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, was guest speaker at Saturday's event. (Photo Credit: Susanne Kappler) VIEW ORIGINAL
C.C. Pinckney and Pierce Terrace elementary schools students perform a Mexican hat dance. The celebration highlighted many Latin-American countries with music, dance performances and food. A display illustrated the history of Hispanics in the United States and highlighted some notable Latinos in U.S. history.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – C.C. Pinckney and Pierce Terrace elementary schools students perform a Mexican hat dance. The celebration highlighted many Latin-American countries with music, dance performances and food. A display illustrated the history of Hispanics in the United States and highlighted some notable Latinos in U.S. history. (Photo Credit: Susanne Kappler) VIEW ORIGINAL