Time for another segment of “Mexicans dancing” ,yay!! Alrighty, this time around we’re talking about, Duranguense dancing! (pronounced Doo-rahn-gehn- seh)
Before we begin, in case you missed the last Mexicans Dancing, this section of the blog was created in light of something I once saw on TV , on “The George Lopez” show to be exact. The star of the show dissed his own people & culture, saying that Mexicans can’t dance, and that the only dance they have is around a hat. That his wife could dance like no ones’ business because she was Cuban. As I said before, Au contrare pally! Yes, quite contrary to such ignorant beliefs, Mexicans love to dance & Mexican culture has lot’s of popular dances that are non folkloric. Dancing is HUGE with Mexicans. It’s a very popular pass time that’s near & dear for both Mexicans , Mexican Americans, and Mexican all over the world. Mexicans have dance fever & are proud of the dancing styles unique to our culture. Proud of dance styles that originated in our country & proud of the new fusion counterparts created and enjoyed by us from those that haven’t. Many young kids would rather go to clubs that play traditional and modern Mexican dance music instead of going to regular clubs that play hip hop, pop etc. Going to a place where they can dance Hispanic rhythms, that is what clubbing means to them. It’s not only the kids though, some married couples love dancing so much that they have date nights so they can go dancing. Mexicans most definitely do dance, and weddings, and Quinceañeras attest to that.
Duranguense Club doing a demo at School
Duranguense Contest: This dance team got really creative with their choreography
What is Duranguense ?
The term duranguense refers to the people from Durango, Mexico. Duranguense began and was formed in Chicago, Illinois. Grupo Montéz de Durango were believed to be the very first to begin the movement. Some people consider Chicago to be the capital of Duranguense Bandas since it is so popular among the people in Chicago and a large amount of Durango natives live in this area. Teenagers are forming new Duranguense bands like never before, playing at night clubs,weddings, Quinceñeras, and family get togethers. A group of immigrants from Durango started a Duranguense group called Patrulla 81; from there it started to expand into other states and Mexico. Most Duranguense bands have been founded by Mexican-American immigrants in the United States.It was not until the early 2000s Grupo Montéz de Durango, one of the best-known Duranguense bands, topped the Latin music charts. Their CD, De Durango a Chicago, was a best-seller and had been a top 10 music bestseller in Chicago on Amazon.com. Patrulla 81′s hits ¿Cómo Pude Enamorarme de Ti? Un exito cover antes cantado por los liricos de teran, and No Aprendí a Olvidarwere also hugely successful hits on regional Mexican radio stations. – SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duranguense
Duranguese how to Video
Duranguense is not only about dancing, it’s about fashion. It seems like no respectable Duranguense fan would dare hit the dance floor with out the proper attire. What’s cool about this dance, I think… Is the way the couple gets really close together, but also dances far apart & jams on their own. Also the basic movements, the way you’re not dancing in a preset figure or straight line yet you have to keep the beat so that it looks good. So, this is how SOME Mexicans : party, unwind, socialize, have fun. For some, this is: how guys meet girls,this is how you make friends, this is a hobby, this is a passion. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard people, especially those who are not Hispanic comment on how salsa, tango… etc are so sexy and romantic and how they want to learn those dances. But, there’s other kinds of dances that are really cool too, yet don’t get much attention. I mean guys can you imagine dancing with a sexy cow girl in tight jeans? lol Girls can you imagine dancing up close and personal with a very masculine cowboy.
*LAST BUT NOT LEAST: I’d like to close by saying, I’m not the ultimate definitive source on this or any other subject. If you’re interested in learning more, awesome ! Feel free to look into the subject, research it and get more info. There is never just one side or point of view to anything. I say this, because I’m imagining someone commenting “That’s not real Duranguense dancing. ” “Or what horrible examples of what Duranguense is”, or that’ s not Mexican etc… so I’ll save you the trouble. Also some people might stereotype and say ALL Mexicans like this,dress like this, dance like this . It’s ALWAYS ridiculous to stereotype, first of all, and second of all not true. This kind of music is kinda like what country music is to some in the U.S. some hate it some think it’s corny, but hey different folks different strokes.
Interested in learning more about Durangense Here’s a short list of DURANGUENSE ARTISTS:
- Alacranes Musical
- Aliados de la Sierra
- Autoridad de la Sierra
- Conjunto Atardecer
- Brazeros Musical
- Banda Coralillo
- Los Crudos de Durango
- Diana Reyes
- Los Horóscopos de Durango
- K-Paz de la Sierra
- Banda Lamento Show de Durango
- Lucero Terrazas
- Majestad de la Sierra
- Mazizo Musical
- Grupo Montéz de Durango
- Patrulla 81