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Danzón? Never Heard Of It!


By Leonardo Rosen

Since danzón virtually doesn’t exist outside Cuba and Mexico, the response “Danzón? Never heard of it!” from people not from those countries is not uncommon. Even San Miguel de Allende, a Mexican city, doesn’t have danzón as a tradition, or if it did, it disappeared long ago.

However, this dance has a great deal of popularity all over this country, and as nearby as places like Celaya, Guanajuato, Querétaro, and San Juan Del Río, etc., they present it every week in a public plaza or jardín. The danzón is the national dance of Cuba and has been in Mexico for more than 140 years. We danzoneros of San Miguel represent our city at national events with thousands of people. Yet in all my years of teaching the danzón and presenting public events and a radio show, I feel that I haven’t been able to adequately get this across in this town. However, I will keep trying!

We are rolling toward the tenth anniversary of our event “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón Mercerina.” Our next session takes place on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 5­–8pm, at that great temple of culture, El Sindicato, on Recreo 4. We only ask for a voluntary donation of any amount to support the community cultural projects of El Sindicato, and we now offer refreshments. The dance floor may be the best in San Miguel.

For more information, please call 152 0131 (El Sindicato) or 154 5840 (Leo, “El Brujo del Danzón”). The format is:

5–6pm Danzón workshop at the level of those who attend (bilingual).

6–8pm Social dance of danzón and other Latin rhythms. We also throw in a bit of swing and rock & roll.

Many thanks to the dancers of San Miguel for the success of our previous events. As we always say, you are the stars of this show. “¡Qué Viva Su Majestad, el Danzón!”


“El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón Mercerina”

By Leonardo Rosen

Sun, Jun 24, 5–8pm

Danzon Workshop, 5–6pm

Social Dance, 6–8pm

El Sindicato, Recreo 4


152 0131 or 154 5840



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