Princeton Study: Majority of Mexicans don’t know how to dance salsa

by María Purísima on June 6, 2013 in Cultura, Pocho Ñews Service

(PNS reporting from PRINCETON) A study from Princeton University has confirmed what many have long believed: Mexicans, and Mexican Americans, do not actually know how to dance to salsa music.

A Caribbean Hispanic export, salsa is often included with more typically Mexican dance styles, like the quebradita or cumbia, but the truth, according to the study, is that Mexicans don’t actually know what they are doing.

“Salsa is, like, a Cuban thing. My family is from Denver,” one research subject complained.

“Participants in the study reported anxiety and cluelessness when attending quinceañeras and hearing Elvis Crespo or Celia Cruz music playing,” said cultural anthropology professor Dr. Anton Flemming, who was the lead researcher on the project.

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It’s not that Mexicans can’t appreciate the rhythms and the beats, or even the gyration-inducing effects of the music, the study found, but when it comes to actually being able to dance for long periods of time (more than one song), participants reported extreme frustration.

“I just don’t know how to dance salsa, all we ever did at home was cumbias, and sometimes the Electric Slide,” said one study participant.

The study will be published in its entirety in the journal Science next month.

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{ 14 comments }

MARCO AVILES June 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO THOUGHT THIS STUDY ACTUALLY HAD TO BE DONE? REALLY? HOW MUCH TIME AND RESOURCES WERE WASTED ON SUCH A TRIVIAL QUESTION? WHO CARES? HOW DOES THIS HELP US GROW AS A SOCIETY. I HOPE FUTURE STUDIES ARE WORTH AT LEAST THE PAPER THEY’RE WRITTEN ON!!

ana lopez June 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

You’re in luck bc no one thought this study should be done. I’m pretty sure this a joke like all the other articles on this site. 🙂

Don Guillermo August 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

They aren’t always jokes or satire, but when they are — like this one — some folks don’t read the fine print.

Don Pocho Loco August 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Somebody needs to [1] take 10 deep breaths; [2] unlock CapsLock; [3] turn off their computer’ and [4] go take some salsa lessons.

urbanleftbehind June 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Salsa dancing is just a means to an end

Guadalupe Gonzalez June 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Could they simply have gone to “el club” to check it out? Or crash weddings, wakes and quinceaneras, like I do? I think it was the university formerly known as “PRINCE”ton that conducted this “study”. Now it is known as ¥ton. And everyone wears a strawberry beret and their pigeons cry…

Guadalupe Gonzalez June 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

And dammit, no YELLING!! (You know who you are…)

Merana Tijoux June 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM

it would appear that the majority of mexicans also don’t understand satire.

conchitadelaconchata June 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM

merana–oye: “the majority of Mexicans”??? You conducted a study? Que ignorancia. And why are you stereotyping a whole group of people, eh?

Don Guillermo August 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

conchita………………a Spanish, English, Spanish, English, Canadian [eh?] Quite the linguist! 😉

Chale Knickerbocker August 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Cunning, I’d say!

San Juana Guillermo August 10, 2013 at 1:04 PM

So Don Guillermo, is Guillermo your 1st or last name? My maiden last name is Guillermo. Could we be related? Or are you just so gangster that your a Don? lol

San Juana Guillermo August 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Oh yeah! I consider myself to be a great dancer but there is no way I can come close to native salsa dancers! Satire or not, this very true. But what the hell, it’s fun trying.

Rusty Fileros August 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM

The problem with salsa is similar to anything else in Spanglish. The word doesn’t exist: just go to the DPD, here is the result: “La palabra salsa no está registrada en el DPD. Las que se muestran a continuación tienen formas con una escritura cercana.”

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