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Men: You Should Be Dancing!


By Leonardo Rosen

The biggest problem we have in danzon, or in any social dance, is the scarcity of men. In San Miguel, it seems that the majority of men, Mexican and gringo, do not want to dance. Dancing with a partner of the opposite sex is an old social grace that is almost going the way of the dodo bird.

Over a number of decades, men have developed such a morbid fear of looking ridiculous in public that they won’t even dance with the women in their lives, be they wives or girlfriends. I applaud the brave men who are the exceptions, and I invite the rest to prove me wrong.

Social dance is good for physical and emotional health. It induces pleasurable neural sensations in partners that help with forming new relationships and strengthening old ones. I won’t go on and on here, because this line of reasoning won’t convince men to dance. We can only hope that some non-dancing men will accompany their partners in life, or even come alone, to an introductory workshop. Then we can show them that it is not difficult to begin and that they do not look ridiculous. They just may discover the joy of dancing!

The next event of “El Danzon y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzon Mercerina” takes place on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at El Sindicato, Recreo 4, Centro, 4–7pm. We only ask for a voluntary donation of any amount to aid the community cultural projects of El Sindicato. Our telephone numbers are 152-0131 (La Conexión) and 154 5840 (Leo, “El Brujo del Danzon”). The format is as follows:

4–5pm Workshop: Introduction to Salsa for adults of all ages (bilingual),

5–7pm Social dance of danzon and the other Latin rhythms. We throw in a bit of swing and rock ‘n’ roll too.

You are the stars of this show. Echale salsita!



El Danzon y Otros Ritmos Bailables

With Club de Danzon Mercerina

Sun, Jul 29, 4pm

El Sindicato

Recreo 4, Centro



154 5840


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