Photos: A cultural camp for young, adopted Latinos


1 Throughout the week-long culture camp, children learn folk dances from Latin America. On August 2, 2012, David Garrett, 6, supplements the dance steps with a few karate moves. 
2 On the last day of camp, attendees demonstrate the traditional Latin American dances they've learned during their week at La Semana. Here 2nd-graders help each other get ready for evening's performance. 
3 Parents double-check the fine details of the campers' South American costumes before the start of their dance recital on August 4, 2012. 
4 Participants, in traditional Latin American attire, show off their dance moves at the camp's annual recital, which is held in the auditorium of Lakeville South High School in Lakeville, Minn. 
5 More than 500 campers perform for an audience of more than 1,000 parents and family members at the culmination of La Semana culture camp on August 4, 2012. 
6 La Semana was started in 1981 by mothers who wanted their adopted children to have an opportunity to learn about their Latin American heritage. 
7 The 31st annual event showcases a variety of traditional Latin American dances. 
8 Luisa Schmiesing Zupanc shares modern Latin dance moves at La Semana's final night presentation on August 4, 2012. 
9 The majority of campers at La Semana were adopted from Guatemala and Colombia when they were babies. 
10 The goal of La Semana is to promote self-esteem and foster an understanding of Latin American culture and history.