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The Danzón Went to Texas


By Leonardo Rosen In 2014, Dr Claudia Llanas, La Dentista Danzonera de San Miguel, and I received an announcement of a special danzón event in March of that year at the University of Texas at Austin. The grand finale was a concert with the very fine orchestra Danzonera Sierra Madre of Monterrey, Nuevo León, accompanied by [...]

Tango Therapy


By Christina Johnson This workshop is comprised of exercises and movements to music for rejuvenating and invigorating the body and mind. Contrary to many forms of exercise that exacerbate joint pain, tire the back, and are repetitive and tedious, Argentine tango is always exciting and creative. We can begin tango as a therapeutic exercise and [...]

Top Danzón Orchestra Comes to San Miguel in Free Public Performance

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By Leonardo Rosen I cannot tell you how thankful I am for the wonderful treatment I am getting from the present city government. As some of you may know, it was not always thus. I give special thanks to Lic Verónica Agundis, Síndico Municipal (Deputy Mayor), and Lic Paulina Cadena, Director of Culture and Traditions. [...]

Aztlán-Azteca Dance Troupe at Teatro Santa Ana

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By Ana Veronica Ramirez Rodriguez Before the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexicatl territory back in 1519, different tribes in Mesoamerica worshipped many different gods, but often for similar reasons. Whether they were Toltecs, Purépecha, or Chichimeca, these tribes prayed to the god of war, to the goddess of the maguey plant. Each tribe also paid [...]

“Duende: The Spirit of Flamenco” Concert a Revelation of México’s Flamenco Heritage


By María García Esperón A unique flamenco concert is coming to the Teatro Ángela Peralta on March 13 and 27—one that delves into all the sources that contributed to flamenco’s legacy. In the labyrinth of solitude that is México, flamenco defines questions of identity in terms of depth and pain. Long ago, we Mexicans stopped [...]

How I Met the Danzón


By Leonardo Rosen In my younger days, decades ago, I frequented the great Latin dance halls of New York City. Almost none of them exist now, but they are where I danced the standard repertoire of those times: mambo, chachachá, merengue, salsa, etc. Danzón had disappeared and was considered a museum piece. Virtually no one [...]

Danzón Celebrates Eleventh Year of Public Dance Events


By Leonardo Rosen We thank all of our dear friends for their loyalty to El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón Mercerina for the past ten and a half years. We do our best to preserve and promote the great Cuban/Mexican tradition of the danzón, which is now 140 years old. [...]

Flamenco Concert Highlights the Art Form’s Connection to Oppression and Suffering

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By Peter Ramsey Great art, it is said, comes from great suffering. Flamenco comes from a powerful self-expression of culture in the face of toil and oppression. The Gypsies of Andalusia, Spain, were by trade, itinerant iron workers. The flamenco form Martinette is from the Spanish word martillo, meaning “hammer,” in this case, the rhythm [...]

Darbukanos Ensemble Takes the Stage at Teatro Ángela Peralta

By Paul Drouin Belly dance and flamenco performers will be sharing the stage at Teatro Ángela Peralta in a live music and dance show. Darbukanos is a recently formed San Miguel de Allende ensemble whose members—Federico Azuz (guitar), Israel Chávez (Indian tabla and darbuka), Rúben García (flute), Andrés Suárez (guitar), and Fridha Chacón (dance)—have all [...]

Popular Danzón Event to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary at Plaza Cívica

By Leonardo Rosen In November 2017, I felt that I had to break with the previous city administration and move our danzón dance event, “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón Mercerina,” from the Jardín Principal to the El Sindicato community arts center. Since that institution has treated me with friendship [...]

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