Danzón: Pilgrims in Veracruz
By Leonardo Rosen
It may be hard for people in San Miguel de Allende to visualize an event with thousands of danzoneros dancing to the music of four orchestras in a very large public plaza. This and much more, is what happens every year in May at “Danzones en el Puerto Veracruz,” Mexico’s biggest danzón event of the year. As we have for years, Dr. Claudia Llanas Puente and I participated in the 2015 edition (May 21-24). We happily go with people from all over the country as pilgrims to the port of Veracruz, the Mecca of our beloved danzón (Mexico City is the Medina). We really enjoy these days of fellowship with so many friends. There were four outdoor dances in public spaces, four muestras (exhibitions of groups and independent couples), and a gala dance at the World Trade Center, a huge convention center in Boca del Río. Even with all of this, the danzoneros found time to go to the beach and do other touristic things.
Claudia and I performed at a muestra in the big Teatro Reforma with the orchestra Danzonera Tres Generaciones. I am proud to say that we represented our city, San Miguel de Allende, with honor, and that we have the respect of our peers on a national level. This means a lot to us.
Some of you new arrivals may not know what the danzón is. You can find out at our event, “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables” con el Club de Danzón Mercerina. Since Sundays are very problematic this June, we are doing an experiment. Thus, we present the best Latin music for your dancing pleasure in the Jardín Principal of SMA on Friday, June 12, 7pm-9pm, admission free. Since things are subject to change, please call 152 6385 (Dirección de Educación y Cultura) or call me at 154 5840 for the latest information. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. “Mi Vida Por un Danzón.”