How to Dance Son and the Style of a Dominican Sonero

Edited by Xiomarita Pérez and Maria Lara Soto

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI:
How to Dance Son and the Style of a Dominican Sonero

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Xiomarita Pérez discusses the Dominican son, its dance, how to teach it, and the characteristics of dance and personal style that mark a true Dominican sonero. The Dominican son descends from the Cuban son, but the dance and music have developed locally. To the son's irresistible rhythms and lilting guitar, the soneros, urban people who have developed a subculture that stresses elegance, dance with grace and great style, hips moving to the lilt, men taking breaks for elaborate footwork or inventive body shifts, women and men partnering as one. Pérez, who teaches son (among other dances) in Santo Domingo, emphasizes rhythm and the elegance of son and the sonero.

Keywords: Xiomarita Pérez; Dominican son; Dominican sonero; footwork; hips moving; dance partnering; Santo Domingo; rhythm; dance style

Chapter.  1889 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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