Another installment of “Mexicans dancing”


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 DurangoMexico. Duranguense began and was formed in Chicago, IllinoisGrupo 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

Techno Duranguense?

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:

Just to get ya dancing


This song is : fun, upbeat, & infections. Makes ya wanna dance. It is “banda” music. Banda music is a really popular genre with Mexican’s. Just like boybands or rappers might be a big deal and there’s a whole bunch of groups here in the U.S. it’s the same thing in Mexico with bandas.  What is banda music exactly? Banda is a brass-based form of traditional Mexican music. Bandas play a wide variety of songs, including rancheras, corridos, cumbias, baladas. Banda music is a melting pot of traditions and rhythms. It is composed of : Traditional Mexican rhythms , German polka, some Latin American style flavors, and even some Jazz influence , just to name a few. Mexico has adapted all these styles and made music all its own, the unique Banda flavor!  This type of music celebrates the culture of the mountain ranges and desserts, which are areas that have a very cowboy kinda history.

This song is called : El Mechon. The Band’s name is : Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga. Meaning, Sergio Lizarraga’s MS band from Sinaloa(Sianloa is one of the 31Mexican States located in the northwestern part of the country). LOL it’s a long name, I know…. but there’s a reason behind that. Bandas are groups that are around for years and years. Once founded they are kept alive by passing on the torch to new members. In order to preserve the history and pride of the band a good name must be chosen, and often times in honor of its founder, his name is included in the band’s name. The song’s name means ” The Lock of hair” it’s talking about a guy who wants to look cool will he travels and parties, so he wants to change his image by using something that’s become popular, instead of dying your hair you use a hair clip with dyed hair extensions. LOL & basically that’s what the whole song’s about.  It’s just fun and random like that.

This song was a big dance hit recently, as many banda songs are. Each year a new song is chosen as the dance hit of the season, because it gets big either in the dance clubs, or at parties, especially weddings and Quinceañeras. Often times the songs come a long with a special dance, so the “something” dance will be a trend for the year that a specific song was popular.

Honest truth, this song got on my nerves in the beginning, but my mom & brother love it. They kept playing it and singing it, I kept hearing it on the radion, and on TV… and well in the end it just grew on me.

Flying Mexicans: Crazy Cool Culture


WATCHING THIS VIDEO ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW!

TOO FREAKING AMAZING!

Seriously,  I look at these beautiful traditions, the feat these men undertake every time they perform & it’s mind boggling. They’re so brave!


 

Gotta Love these guys, so brave first of all! And so awesome for being so dedicated and passionate about staying true to their roots. Also, for  wanting to share tradition with us all , which we should not miss out out &  how cool are the for passing it on?!!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Totonacs of Papantla, Veracruz performing the “voladores” ritual

The Danza de los Voladores de Papantla (Dance of Papantla’s flyers) is a ritualistic dance in Veracruz, Mexico performed by the Totonac Indians and Olmeca Indians. Five men, each representing the five elements of the indigenous world climb atop a pole, one of them stays on the pole playing a flute and dancing while the remaining four descend the pole with a rope tied by one of their feet. The rope unwraps itself 13 times for each of the four flyers, symbolizing the 52 weeks of the year.

This dance is thought to be the vestige of a pre-Hispanic volador ritual common not only in ancient Veracruz but in western Mexico as well.[1]

Origins

According to legend, a long drought covered the Earth so five men decided to send Xipe Totec, the God of fertility a message, asking them for the rain to return. They went to the forest and looked for the straightest tree, cut it, and took it back to their town. They removed all branches and placed it on the ground, then dressed themselves as feet/birds and descended flying attempting to grab their God’s attention.