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Danzon dance instruction

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ike y ruby

Joined: 16 Jun 2004
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PostPosted: Jun 16, 04, 11:23    Post subject: Danzon dance instruction Reply with quote

I have just discovered Danzon.com. Since so little is available about Danzon, I was very pleased to find this site. Ruby & I have been dancing Danzon for about 5 years, and seriously studying the last two. The style that we have been studying is the style from Veracruz , Mexico. We have been studying under the direction of a very well known teacher/dancer in Veracruz. We have been teaching beginner
and intermediate for the past two years. We are looking for other cities where Danzon is danced and music is being played for Danzon or were instruction would be desired.
John & Ruby Eichenour Moab, Utah
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PostPosted: Jun 17, 04, 7:56    Post subject: Welcome to our Forums Reply with quote

Hi Ike y Ruby, welcome to our danzon.com forums. The Orquesta is based in the San Francisco / Oakland area of California, so of course they play there reasonably often.

Until recently the co-director of the Orquesta, Roberto Borrell, from Cuba, taught classical Danzon dance in San Francisco, but he just moved to Peru for romantic reasons.

I'll see if I can get some of his best dance students to respond a little more to your inquiry, thanks for your interest, Harald
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PostPosted: Jun 19, 04, 14:50    Post subject: danzon Reply with quote

Dominc and I have been studying Cuban Music and Dance since 1993 with Cuban Master Roberto Borrell, the former director of La Moderna Tradicion. In 1997 we saw the Mexican style of Danzon in Veracruz and found it to be very different from the Cuban style. We also dance other Cuban dance styles including folkloric and have danced with orquestra La Moderna Tradicion since it's beginning , in many places incuding San Francisco, New York and Barcelona. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area there are people teaching Danzon , but unfortunately Roberto has moved to Peru and it's up to his students to continue his tradicion .
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PostPosted: Jun 21, 04, 18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello. This is Tregar, Musical Director of orq. la Moderna Tradicion. I was wondering, who are yhou studying with in Veracruz (I've spent some time there)?
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PostPosted: Jun 11, 05, 20:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hola, Ike and Ruby.

I just sent off an email to someone in Fremont , CA regarding Danzon in Mexico. I, too have been studying and teaching the danzonera style of Danzon and like my illustrous friends Susan and Dominic, I started studying with Roberto Borrell the same time as they, however I had to move out of the Bay Area and was not able to continue. In the meantime, Susan and Dominic dance a mean Danzon-Cha. :-)

Since then, I have been to San Antonio, Texas and Mexico City and have studied at both places. I'm curious as to the difference of styles of Vera Cruz and Mexico City. Do the styles of Vera Cruz have an entrada abierta and remate abierto (open entrance and close) ? There was a band from Vera Cruz at La Colonia in Mexico City one night and they were good. Of course, most of these Danzoneras (bands) were good to great. Unfortunately, I understand that La Colonia closed, what an old funky ambience to dance in. I'll miss it.

I would like to hear from you and maybe the internet will allow us to connect the Mexican style of Danzon state wide. If you ever have the chance to study with Roberto in the Bay Area, or wherever, I would highly recommend that you take that opportunity, especially with the theory. I think that is why my learning curve was so steep. It was a little to transition from the Danzon-Cha to the Danzon but I obviously did OK on my first outing to the Salons in Mexico as well as the dances in the parques.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Ricardo "El Danzonero" (This nickname was given me by some people who knew that I was a fanatic about Danzon)
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