Our city government honors the Club De Danzón “Mercerina”

By Leonardo Rosen

At its regular Monday meeting of April 29, 2013, the City Council of San Miguel de Allende voted unanimously to bestow a great honor on the Club de Danzón “Mercerina.” This legislation gives our group a special status as the official representative of our city to the danzón in all of the Mexican Republic. We express our deepest appreciation to Lic. Mauricio Trejo, Presidente Municipal (Mayor), Lic. José Luis Chagoyán, Síndico Municipal (Deputy Mayor), and Prof. Acasio Martínez, Director de Educación, Cultura y Tradiciones for proposing this and to the City Council for approving it.

w/Club de Danzón “Mercerina”
Sun, May 12, 1-3pm & 5-7pm
Jardín Principal

At this writing, some of us are about to travel to the biggest national danzón event of the year in the port of Veracruz, May 2-May 5. On June 15, the Club de Danzón “Mercerina” will perform at the Muestra Nacional del Danzón de San Luis Potosí 2013. From now on wherever we go, we will proudly carry this badge of honor. We have always represented San Miguel de Allende to the best of our ability. Now, we have a wonderful new incentive to do this even better.

Since the danzón did not travel intact from Cuba and Mexico to the US and other countries, many people in the world do not know what an important tradition it is in this country. Since it arrived here from Cuba more than 130 years ago, it has been a source of pride and joy for the Mexican people. It is a national treasure. You may not know that the Tango Argentino is a Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad de UNESCO. (This status is not only granted to places.) One of my dreams is to see the danzón also receive that prestigious award. It would be very well deserved.

Please join us for “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón Mercerina” on Sunday May 12, 1pm-3pm and 5pm-7pm in the Jardín Principal of SMA at the Kiosco. Admission is free. We are now in San Miguel’s low season, so we especially appreciate your support and participation. We play the best Latin music for your dancing pleasure, as well as present dance exhibitions. ¡Rico y Suave!


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