El Sindicato: An Alternative Cultural Space
Smile, You Are in San Miguel
By Jade Arroyo
It’s hard for me to picture the authentic San Miguel without mentally sketching the silhouette of the charming, patched-up, and stacked-up building that was the headquarters of the textile factory’s union for many years.
Today it is a cultural and social center, but it is something else as well: an inclusive space that provides a forum for alternative voices and where local culture is celebrated and spread.
Founded in 1995 after the closure of the factory by the El Recreo de San Miguel civic association, El Sindicato has offered different classes and workshops in art and performance disciplines to the community since then. It has been directed by several people, and some of the initial leaders remain today.
El Sindicato defines itself as an Alternative Cultural Space, independent and self-sustainable over time through donations and fundraising events organized by several friends, artists, and sponsors.
Facilities have been improved and expanded. There are currently two rooms with hardwood floors, an auditorium, a music room, an office, and a community café where literary workshops are given.
The dance, movement, and theater classes available are classic ballet (Vagona and Royal techniques), children’s dance, hip-hop, contemporary dance, floor training, jazz, flamenco, folkloric, physical conditioning, dance heels, African, Arab, Hawaiian, theater, kundalini yoga, chi kung, singing, and piano.
Pay a visit and try a class to learn something new, share the culture, and help make community bonds stronger. El Sindicato is located at Recreo 4, and is open every day. When in doubt, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.