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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 [...]

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 [...]

Live Salsa Show Coming to Arthur Murray

By Héctor Vértiz Music is powerful, and dance music all the more so because of the bonds it creates that go beyond ideologies. Societies in so many countries embrace and enjoy Latin music, especially the beat and joyous sounds of salsa, cumbia, and bachata. Music and dance aren’t superficial; they are strong contributors to our well-being. [...]

Springtime Danzon at El Sindicato

By Leonardo Rosen First, I want to thank everybody who came to the Club de Danzón “Mercerina” event that was shared with the Ballet Folklorico of the Casa de la Cultura of San Miguel at the Oratorio Church on April 7. Unfortunately, our hosts at the church had problems with their sound system that delayed [...]

International Dance Day 2018!

By Margot Sunev Calling all movers and shakers! International Dance Day is here again. This year marks the 6th Annual Dance Day Celebration: a day of free classes with some of SMA’s best instructors. I sat down with Patty Arrieta, Artistic Director of Danza Arrieta Dance, to get more info.   Margot Sunev: What classes [...]

Danzón at the Church of the Oratorio

By Leonardo Rosen The Club de Danzón “Mercerina” has been invited to perform in the atrium of the Church of the Oratorio at the Fiesta de Nuestro Señor de la Misericordia. It is an honor for us to be part of a religious tradition of San Miguel de Allende—Muchas gracias to Señora Guadalupe Robles and [...]

True Flamenco: “Gitanerías” at the Ángela Peralta Theater

By Ian Iracheta Black sounds. Wailing. Loneliness of loneliness, all is loneliness. The soul that is carried forth on guitar strings, in a universal language. This is the call of flamenco, a river that drags fortune downstream, the magical architecture of India, the Muslim prayers at the minarets, and a pure spiral of singing in Sefarad, the [...]

Danzón: ¡Muchas Gracias, San Miguel!

By Leonardo Rosen I want to thank all the participants—Mexican and foreign, young and old—for the great success of our dance event “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón Mercerina” on Sunday, February 18, 2018. It is a pleasure to return to the supportive atmosphere of El Sindicato. I wish to [...]

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