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Danzón: Muchas Gracias to El Sindicato, A.C.

By Leonardo Rosen

When we started our event “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Mercerina” in the Jardín Principal, I had a very good relationship with the first two of five directors of the city government’s cultural department. After that, it became a continual struggle to keep the events going.

I still don’t really understand why it was that way. Finally, I decided that I was tired of being treated like I was a crazy old man to whom the authorities were doing a great favor by letting me do these events. After all, I was an unpaid volunteer. After ten years of presenting a very successful event, I think I deserved better.

Thus, I decided to continue the events somewhere elsewhere. I approached El Sindicato, the well-known NGO cultural center where I had taught the danzón for years. I was welcomed with friendship and respect. I give my deepest thanks to the administration and staff of this great organization. It promotes and teaches Mexican culture in relation to world culture. At El Sindicato, I feel good again. No, our events there cannot attract big crowds, as we did in the Jardín. However, we do attract people who really want to dance. Everyone is very welcome. We have no language problem, since I am completely bilingual in Spanish and English. We open with an hour-long dance workshop.  Then we have two hours of social dance, offering the danzón and other Latin dances. We even throw in a bit of swing and rock ‘n’ roll. Here is our next event:

Sunday September 9, 2018, 4–7pm at El Sindicato, Recreo 4, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Our phone numbers are 152 0131 (El Sindicato) and 154 5840 (Leo, “El Brujo del Danzón). We only ask for a completely voluntary donation of any amount to aid the community cultural projects of El Sindicato. The schedule is:

4-5pm: Workshop, Introduction to Salsa for Adults of All Ages

5-7pm: Social Dance.

With the new municipal administration coming in, I hope that we can return to the Jardín. However, let me make clear that this would be in addition to events at El Sindicato, which has treated me so well and to which I will remain loyal. Please remember that you are the stars of this show. “¡Bururú, Barará”!



El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables

By Club de Mercerina

Sun, Sep 9, 4-7pm

El Sindicato

Recreo 4, Centro


152 0131 or 154 5840

We accept voluntary donations


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