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:

S is for Sell Out


“Yea sure ,whatever’s trendy” seems to be the sentiment with some now a days.  No scruples attached, absolutely no sense or sensitivity involved , however plenty of ignorance & strong indifference is what leads to such attitudes & eventually selling out. Carlos Mencia receives a lot of criticism for his boorish,racist, sell out brand of  comedy(and very well deserved it is), while on the other hand George Lopez seems to be riding high now a days thanks to his comedic style.  He somehow seems to garner more approval.  But don’t be fooled, just because the sell out factor isn’t  as obvious does not mean it is not present.  He too loves to showcase & concentrate on ignorant stereotypical portrayals of Hispanics( especially Mexicans) that are: disrespectful, undermine our beautiful culture and are damaging our image as a people.  He loves to talk about gangsters,(His famous, “I know huh?” joke) Mexicans who speak messed up English(His “Mexicans who work at Jack in the Box” joke), and lazy Mexican who’ll do anything to skip work( “Danny boy” character on his sitcom played by him)

Being a person who is in a position to be heard, he gives all this “help” to his people in a country where we are already being bombarded with an onslaught of derogatory , racists put downs and each day the anti immigrant= anti Hispanic movement grows with fierce animosity.

His entire comedy angle revolves around talking about how if your Mexican,by nature you’re: antisocial, aggressive, obsessively frugal, and basically live a ghetto lifestyle all your life. His jokes say, that we can pretend to be educated, and cultured, even interact with other cultures, but in the end our vulgar, uncouth, simply ghetto sides comes out, because this is our true nature. He talks about his family &  explains their (according to him) ghetto experiences to those who don’t know the REAL Mexican culture in a way that seems to say, “just imagine all of Mexicans being this way.”  Those  in the audience who are Mexican , Chicano, or Hispanic &  have lost true connections with their roots laugh and agree stupidly along with all those who are not Mexican & ignorantly find it amusing.  He calls himself Chicano, a beautiful word, but I think some use it as their safety net. It’s convenient at times to be Chicano , because that means your not so Mexican. That’s what it seems like when people like George Lopez keep flip-flopping.

During his sitcom you’ll notice that  he keeps switching between,  knowing how to speak Spanish with ease, like when he wants to cuss and then being all white washed and acting like he can’t pronounce words properly in Spanish without an English accent. There’s one episode (George Lopez Show)where he exhibits this “I don’t know Spanish” attitude, he goes to a  drive through and finds it exceedingly hard to comprehend the worker at the window due to his Spanish accent. His reaction is like “Huh? What is this gibberish?”, so as to augment the ignorant appearance of the Hispanic character.  Also here is another very ignorant comment he made during an episode of his sitcom when he had to attend a wedding . He was afraid to reveal to his wife that he was embarrassed due to HIS lack of dancing skills. He said “It’s easy for you, you’re Cuban you got dancing in your blood. I’m Mexican, the only dance we have is around a hat .”  First of all I’m tired of people being so ignorant about our culture that is a dance that important to our  folklore representing the wonderful state of Jalisco,”El Jarabe Tapatio” = Jarabe meaning syrup or elixir, referring to the mixture of rhythms in this style of music & Tapatio referring to anything coming Guadalajara. I hate when the real name is totally disregarded and changed in English to  “The Mexican Hat dance”.  And the song for this dance is thought of as funny Mexican music, because you’ll see it played in all kinds of stereotypical media. Well George saying that he can’t dance because he’s Mexican, is just so stupid.  That was such a mega super, ridiculously ignorant comment of him to make because Mexicans & Mexican Americans love, love, love to go dancing.   And news flash, there are Mexican dances.  There is Mexican Cumbias, La Quebradita, Banda music, Durangese style dancing,  and the list goes on…..

Why talk smack on your culture and in essence yourself.  Why be pseudo Latino = just  Hispanic enough to be “in” for Hollywood, but not too much so as to be able to turn it off at times.

So George Lopez is getting a lot of attention lately with his new talk show where he continues to contribute & be part of the problem. (The talk show has the character Chola girl, maybe following suit & drawing some “inspiration”  from Jimmy Kimmel’s side kick boorish,clod Guillermo.) Seems though that might have something  to do with the fact that  The Tonight Show with Conan O’brien is no longer on air. I think that such a big name leaving  gave other lesser shows, especially newbies a sort of confidence &  So this new talk show starts to gain an “up & coming” rep.

“Mexican” Style?


“Mexican Style” bwah! lmao Oh it is to laugh!  More like “sorta, kinda, barely Mexican style”, more like Tex Mex style/ MexFusion .

It’s  this kind of media that perpetuates ignorant stereotypes and false facts. This is how faux Mexican culture or fusion Mexican culture becomes what some people believe to be 100% authentic.   True Mexican food aficionados, people who grew up on the real deal, laugh at these tacos. To them this is junk food/fast food/snacks  &  some even refuse to eat them. Just like some non Mexican  families might use these kind of tacos to have a “taco” night for the novelty factor , real Mexican families  would treat these tacos the same way. They’d be something like having a hamburger or hot dogs. Just a quick & easy weekday dinner idea.

REAL TACOS LOOK LIKE THIS


Cardinal rule of good authentic tacos, you DON’T start with prefried shells. Speaking of shells, the corn’s all wrong too because traditional tortillas don’t look like that even after being fried. Another thing, Just because  you’re Mexican doesn’t mean you have a sombrero on hand,  What da?! I’m Mexican, have ZERO sombreros at my home & have never seen a single sombrero at the home of any of my Mexican friends or  relatives. Yes there are those who like to collect traditional items and decorate their home with them, but seriously you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who’s got a sombrero on hand in the same &  unbelievable fashion show here.

“Genius Mexican Style”?  That’s our genius? We’re ingenious when the situation is taco related??! Also why must our folklore  be desecrated!  I’m tired of hearing “El Jarabe Tapatio” or ” La Bamba”(note the latter used in this ad) to represent all of us and in such a stereotypical & homogeneous manner.  Our music is  significant, symbolic, and representative of each different region of our country. They associate the dessert & adobe houses with all Mexicans, maybe that’s what el Paso looks like, but not Mexico. For example, La Bamba which they thought fit the mood for this commercial, comes from the state of Veracruz. Veracruz  is Mexico’s oldest and largest port , it’s renowned for it’s beaches & fishing industry. I can assure you that when a true Mexican especially a Veracruzano hears “La Bamba” he doesn’t picture a place like the one in the commercial.