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Danzón, a type of synchronized, stylized ballroom dance with emphatic pauses and a definitive romantic air performed to slow Latin rhythms, is the official musical genre and dance of Cuba, rooted in colonial times and fused from a blend of habanera two-step, European waltz and African cadence.

But in Mexico, it has been a vital part of urban culture for more than two centuries, especially in Veracruz, Oaxaca and Mexico City, where every weekend hundreds of danzón enthusiasts gather in plazas and salons to show off their moves, decked out in elaborate wardrobes reminiscent of the 1940s.

On Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17, Mexico City’s Guillermina Bravo Dance Theater will offer a live-music choreographic history of danzón in Mexico, led by famed danzón master Félix Rentería.

The performances, which will constitute part of the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature’s (INBAL) monthlong Dance Universes season, will be presented by the Villa Olímpica Choreographic Workshop and the Continental Danzonera Orchestra.

“The History of Danzón in Mexico” will be presented in the Guillermina Bravo Dance Theater inside the Centro Cultural del Bosque, next to the National Auditorium, on Thursday, July 14, at 8 p.m.; on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m.; on Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, July 17, at 6 p.m.

Tickets are 80 pesos each, with discounts for students, teachers and the elderly.

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