(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.