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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 [...]

Learn Danzón at “Day of The Living” Event at El Sindicato


By Leonardo Rosen Once again, we are coming to that most Mexican of celebrations, the Day of the Dead. We will wear calaca masks and costumes and watch the animated movie Coco again. For many of us from other cultures, we can briefly experience here in San Miguel de Allende a relationship with death that [...]

“To Wander For Eternity” Flamenco Event Comes to Peralta


By Peter Ramsey Poet Frederico García Lorca called flamenco the most gigantic creation of the Spanish people. In 1922 he said, “Each day another leaf falls from the admiral tree of Andalusian lyrics, the old carry off to the grave the priceless treasures of past generations, and a gross, stupid avalanche of cheap music clouds [...]

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 [...]

Dance Play in El Sindicato with Women from Colombia

By Franchezca Pinzon On July 18 and 19, El Sindicato will host the dance play In Corpus Tríptico, performed by the most recent assembly of the Company Expreso from Colombia. Its directors and interpreters are Juliana López, Franchezca Pinzón, and Ana Cecilia Vargas, Colombian dancers, teachers, and choreographers who are also performing arts teachers with [...]

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 [...]

Danzón, Dance On!

By Leonardo Rosen We are dancing along toward the tenth anniversary of “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón Mercerina.” We invite you to dance along with us. El Sindicato is a wonderful host for these events, and I am deeply grateful to this great cultural center.  It has an excellent [...]

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