Baile estilo Duranguense
It was very difficult to pick a video of the week this time around, too many to choose from! And yes I know, my blog depends heavily on Youtube references so it’s not like I’m limiting myself. Ultimately, I decided to go with this video of Duranguense* dancers (the male dancer in the pink shirt and matching boots was the clincher). Besides, I’m headed to Mexico next week, so might as well get in the mood. My grandfather was from Guanacevi, Durango, so you can say it’s part of my heritage but… not totally. The current craze of Duranguense music and dancing was started in Chicago by Mexican immigrants. I’d love to learn this dance but considering how horrible I was at my attempts at Quebradita (see example below), I doubt I’ll do much better with Duranguense.
Quebradita Dance Contest, music by Los Tucanes del Tijuana
*I have to admit I’m not a big fan of Duranguense style of music despite the presence of the heavy tamborazo (which I can listen to for hours!). I do love Banda (the music of Quebraditas) though, and if there’s a jukebox around with “La Culebra” you can guarantee I’ll waste every last quarter playing the song over and over.
Added 9/28/08: NPR has an excellent report on Duranguense. Listen here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5156569