The Danzón road show

By Leonardo Rosen

Since the danzón tradition either never existed in San Miguel de Allende or disappeared some decades ago, many residents of this town only started to know this beautiful dance with the birth of “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables…” in the Jardín more than three and a half years ago. I dare say that most people here are not aware of the danzón lifestyle.

Dance, Danzón, Sun, Mar 25, 1-3pm & 6-8pm, Jardín Principal, Free

A big part of that lifestyle is participating in local, regional and national events. For example, in a national event, groups from all over the country exhibit elaborate danzón choreographies, wearing colorful costumes.

The music is provided live by famous danzón orchestras. Then, these same orchestras play for a gala dance. At some of these, there is a round of the national danzón championship with the best couples in Mexico. Distinguished teachers give workshops. The biggest danzón event of all takes place in the Port of Veracruz in early May and lasts four days.

The Club de Danzón “Mercerina” of San Miguel de Allende, like our fellows in other cities, “gets its act together and takes it on the road.” For example, last February 25 in the Muestra Nacional de Guanajuato, Gto 2012, we opened the show dancing an energetic choreography with the Orquesta Danzonera “Acerina.” When you read this, we will have performed at the Convivencia Regional de Salamanca, Gto 2012. This is a less elaborate event with recorded music, like the one we presented here last November. We have invitations to participate in national events in Veracruz, San Luis Potosí and Oaxaca in the months to come. I believe that SMA has the potential to host a national danzón event with 50-60 groups from many cities and a gala dance with 800-1000 persons.

Right now, we will be very happy if you attend  El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón ‘Mercerina’ in the Jardín Principal, Sunday, March 25. The only admission fee is your beautiful smile. We play all your Latin dance favorites. Here is our traditional greeting, “¡Hey familia, danzón dedicado a nuestro querido público!”

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