Flash Mob: Cafeteria Performances Continue!

The ongoing battle for who will have the greatest unofficial cafeteria performance is still going strong! The Spanish Academy upped their game yesterday at dinner with a performance of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”. Several students and RAs played guitars while the majority of the students sang. The rest of the dining hall sat and enjoyed the acoustic performance, which helped to clear some of the assessment stress away.

-Lindsay, Program Assistant
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It’s Saturday Night, Live!

As dusk fell on the Pomona College campus Saturday evening, Spanish Academy students displayed their various skills at their annual Talent Show! Everything from song and dance routines to stand-up comedy took place. A group of students even did a routine to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Disney’s “Mulan” in Spanish! For the grand finale, a group of students lip-synched to Iggy Azalea’s hit song, “Fancy.” As Saturday evening proved, the Spanish Academy is indeed, “so fancy” and quite talented.

-Lindsay Call, Program Assistant


Although we’ve had a lot of fun lately with cultural excursions in Comillas, the Spanish Academy students remain deeply committed to the Language Pledge®. Here are a few pictures illustrating their dedicated efforts in the classroom.

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¡Multitud Instantánea! (Flash mob!)

The Spanish Academy’s Cultural Exploration class on Improvisational Theater surprised the rest of MMLA with a Flash Mob rendition of Shakira’s “La La La” at dinner Thursday night.
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Bomba y Plena

As the sun once again sets over the Pomona College campus, the students in the Spanish Academy found themselves using the dance moves they have learned during their cultural activity time. Yesterday evening, the students danced the night away yet again in Edmunds Ballroom, this time perfecting their movements to bomba y plena. Heavy in percussion, this Puerto Rican music is perfect for dancing, and the students got a dance refresher from a professional instructor. Even some staff members decided to join in!

Mariachis Visit Swarthmore

The Spanish Academy recently had the pleasure of welcoming a Mariachi band for a very wonderful evening performance. Students truly enjoyed being introduced to this exciting style of music as some could be heard singing along with songs and a few were actually selected to dance with the band as well! All in all it was a great evening and everyone in attendance definitely left the performance with a smile on their face.

-Max Brazo, Program Assistant
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Rhythm and Moves: How Music and Dance Supplement Learning

While the Field Day activity this past Saturday epitomized the spirit of friendly competition that characterizes inter-academy activities, other events both formal and informal, demonstrate how another theme - music - pervades life at MMLA. In the Spanish Academy, song and dance have been on the menu since the first day of classes.

¿Qué Te Pasa, Calabaza?

Tuesday began with laughter and energy, as some of our boys presented a sketch of comical social interactions. These included finding a seat in the dining hall, secret handshakes and overbearing greetings. The crowd favorite, however, was definitely “how (not) to talk to a girl”.

Comillas Foundation

One of the recent visits that Academy students made was to the Comillas Foundation, the international center for the teaching of Spanish as a Second Language. Originally built as a Seminary for the underprivileged, it soon became a world-renowned Pontificial University, accredited directly by the Pope. In the mid-1960s, the academic activity was moved to Madrid, and the building finally fell into ruin.

Learning Spanish in Style!

Time at the Language Academy is flying- it is hard to believe we’re already entering our third week! Students who were hesitant at the beginning of the program are now speaking with much greater fluency.


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