Monday, February 6, 2017

Outside of Oahu

By Jacinto Velez, Honokai Hale

Mexico City is the epitome of both all the potential and all the challenges that the city of tomorrow holds. The Greater Mexico City population is 22 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. And they have dancing from all over the world. In that sense, Mexico City is the perfect bridge between first world and emerging world, since it is both a complex and enticing mix of both.

"Dance the dance you dance, not the dance
that people who dance dance."

We are making contact with the Mainland too.
As a megalopolis of the developing world, it shares many of the problems that cities in Latin America, Africa and Asia are facing. But as the 8th largest city economy in the world, it also has the necessary infrastructure to create important experiments. They intend to become a city capable of prototyping, testing and implementing ideas that can later be exported to other cities.

"Maria Elena" by Jorge Negrete

And they are warning their citizens to keep away from the US because of Trump, the rest of Latin America is following suit and buying more from Europe and Asia. Plenty of Caribbean music and dance, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata and Salsa. But also Samba and the Bossanova from Brazil. Tango from Argentina. And Mexicans prefer mixed drinks; it's common to buy a bottle of rum, which comes with a bucket of ice, cokes, and/or mineral water.

"Besame Mucho" by Placido Domingo

Dream On, Dancers.
It is a big city and there are so many different preferences in dancing and many places with their own niche of music and dance. Exhibited by the frequency with which dance halls are packed with people, not to mention the steps having their roots in the ancient Mexican Civilizations - Mexico is a hub for dancing. Music from Japan and Korea is having a greater influence too. With the Trump dictatorship taking over the US, they will have more opportunities of dealing with other countries instead.

"Ojos Verdes" by Pedro Infante

Some of the dance industry’s most well-known dancers are of Mexican descent. In light of this, a Mexico City native, Gabriella Gomez-Mont hopes to draw on Mexicans’ enthusiasm for dance by creating a dance competition that has the potential to be as popular as the others such as ViƱa Del Mar music festival. She believes it would provide Mexico’s people with a greater appreciation of their heritage, a sense of camaraderie with their fellow countrymen and as an outlet to exercise.

"Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands
 for charity, your mind for truth and your heart for love."

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