Something Monday: Learn How to Dance the Jarocho at The Guadalupe

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Something Monday, our social bike ride in partnership with San Antonio B-Cycle, will team up with The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center where we will learn the basics of Jarocho music and dance in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Jarocho is a regional dance from the Mexican state of Veracruz, located on the Gulf of Mexico. The style of Jarocho is a blend of musical influences from Spain, indigenous folk music, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms that are a reflection of the culture in this tropical region.

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Jeannette Chavez, dance director at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Courtesy Photo.

If you are like me, and have some “trouble” dancing, don’t worry.  Dance Director Jeannette Chavez and Assistant Director Belinda Menchaca will be our instructors for the day.  Between the two of them they have they have a wealth of experience and knowledge in traditional dance.

We will depart from the San Antonio B-Cycle station at the Blue Star Arts Complex at 6:30 p.m. and ride to the historic Guadalupe Theatre (1301 Guadalupe St.).  The ride there and back is only three miles.

You don’t need to ride with us to attend the half-hour dance class, but it should be fun ride. Afterwards, we can convene at Halcyon Southtown in the Blue Star Arts Complex.

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The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center lit up at night. Courtesy Photo.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center lit up at night. Courtesy Photo.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, located in the Westside, is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting Latin-American arts.  The center has programming in six major areas: visual arts, film, literature, theater, music, and dance. The Guadalupe also offers enriching educational experiences by providing classes and workshops for people of all ages.

The Center is made up of six buildings: the Progreso Drugstore, the Cesar Chavez Building, the Museo Guadalupe,  the historic 376-seat Guadalupe Theater, La Casita – future home to the “Hecho a Mano Tienda” – and the historic Mexican restaurant Guadalupanita Cafe.

An RSVP is not required, but you can let us know you’re coming by clicking “join” on our Facebook event page.

*Featured/Top Image: Dancers from The Guadalupe Dance Company. Courtesy of The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

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