Each year from September 15 to October 15, America observes National Hispanic Heritage Month. According to hispanicheritagemonth.org, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the “histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”
Here in the Pike District, we are proud to recognize Hispanic culture as an integral part of our community. One of our favorite ways to celebrate the beauty of Hispanic culture, this month and every month, is by Salsa dancing at Friday Night Salsa with instructor Víctor Hugo Maysonet González!
Víctor is the owner and co-founder of All Out Danza (AOD), an expert and authentic Latin social dance company. AOD's mission is to promote inclusiveness and active social engagement through Hispanic-rooted dance and music arts.
Each Friday since June of this year, Víctor has hosted Friday Night Salsa, a Salsa dance party with local food and beverage vendors, in the Pike District. On October 14th, Víctor will host the grand finale of 2022’s Friday Night Salsa series with a special National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! And we KNOW you won’t want to miss out on the fun!
See what Víctor has to say about his heritage and culture in this exclusive interview below!
What does Hispanic Heritage month mean to you?
I take a lot of pride in taking part of the activities associated with Hispanic Heritage Month, and use it as an opportunity to share authentic traditions from our past, as well as those things that still shape our day to day.
Why is Hispanic Heritage month important to recognize?
It’s important to celebrate what makes you, well, YOU. I am also a champion of celebrating everyone’s culture and heritage as a way to bring to light our similarities and allow us to see more common ground among all members of society.
What cultural significance does Salsa bring to the Pike District?
Friday Night Salsa at the Pike District is a place to celebrate togetherness for all. It’s my privilege to be in a position where I can not only represent my heritage, my culture, my family, my Puerto Rico, but also use it to impact the life of others. That is why the vision of All Out Danza is “Dance That Unites.”