Come together to celebrate one of Puerto Rico's most expressive art forms: danza music and dance. Throughout this annual cultural tradition, hundreds of the city's locals and visitors will join for a week of live performances and conferences at the Instituto de Cultura San Juan.
Originating in Ponce, this popular turn-of-the-twentieth-century dance is similar to that of the waltz. Danzas can be romantic or festive, often resulting in either a measured or a more free form, swift rhythm. As the danza continued to evolve over the years, the most prevalent form that came to fruition was inspired by women and romance, and this weeklong festival helps celebrate this popular island custom.
Beginning the second week of May, Semana de la Danza also commemorates composer Juan Morel Campos, who's considered by many to be responsible for taking the genre to new heights. Among his 550 musical works, some of his most notable danzas include SueÃƒÂƒÃ†Â'ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â±o de Amor (Dream of Love), No me Toques (Do Not Touch Me), and ConversaciÃƒÂƒÃ†Â'ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â³n (Conversation).
Conferences, a parade, and demonstrations are just some of what you'll find during this weeklong celebration. Of course, you'll also find plenty of danzas, too. Watch as senior couples dress up in 19th century garb and demonstrate popular dance, or listen to a string quartet perform danzas and a concert. The main event-a concert by the Ponce Municipal BandÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ‚Ã¢Â‚Â¬ÃƒÂ‚Ã¢Â€Âis also a treat for visitors; the group is the oldest continuously performing band in the Caribbean.