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Mexico native attempts to make its capital city a worldwide hub for dancing

Exhibited by the frequency with which dance halls are packed with people, not to mention the steps having their roots in Latin culture, Mexico is a hub for dancing. Some of the industry’s most well-known dancers are of Mexican descent.

In light of this, a Mexico City native hopes to draw on Mexicans’ enthusiasm for dance by creating a dance competition that has the potential to be as popular as the salsa, rumba or samba. Much like the steps to these dances, the steps to completing an international wire transfer can be tough without practice. Luckily, Xoom makes it easy. 

According to The City 2.0 – the news division arm of a non-profit called TED – Gabriella Gomez-Mont hopes to establish a dance competition in Mexico’s capital city that she believes will 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.

Gomez-Mont says she was inspired to do this in light of the current health crisis facing many Mexicans today as it pertains to limited exercise and weight gain. As The City 2.0 website points out, diabetes is a major issue in Mexico, which is a blood sugar issue that largely stems from obesity. Approximately 90 percent of diabetes cases in the country derive from issues with weight. This could pose a serious issue for health services in Mexico if the problem isn’t addressed and diagnoses aren’t reduced.

Diabetes is no respecter of persons, either, as its prevalent both among Mexican women and men. Health estimates say diabetes is responsible for 70,000 deaths in Mexico each year, far higher than incidents involving violent crime, according to McClatchy Newspapers.

Dance is an ideal form of aerobic exercise
Research has shown, however, how effective an active lifestyle can be in limiting one’s risk for diabetes. And according to the American Diabetes Association, one of the best forms of exercise is dancing, as it increases the heart rate in the same way that running or walking briskly can.

It’s this knowledge that Gomez-Mont hopes to impart to her fellow Mexicans so that they will become inspired to live a healthy life as they dance their way to a lighter weight and healthier heart.

“What if we could turn a whole megalopolis into one gargantuan dance floor, and promote an active lifestyle while having fun and tapping into the playful, social and happily competitive side of the city?” said Gomez-Mont.

This won’t be an effort she takes on entirely herself, though. The City 2.0 notes that she will also draw on the help from other people at the TED non-profit, including Pablo Landa, Clora Romo and Constanza Gomez-Mont, whom she’s related to.

The Latin dance craze has been on display in the U.S. for decades. A few years ago, The New York Times produced a feature story on Latin dance clubs in the city, which are numerous.

“Anybody can try it,” said Talia Castro-Pozo, a Latin dance instructor, told the newspaper in 2010. “Just look around and you’ll see: there are not just Latinos here, but people of all ages and ethnicities and backgrounds and levels of experience, all of them dancing happily with each other.”

Many of today’s dances have their roots in Latin America, including the salsa, meringue, cha-cha, bachata, mambo and rumba. Other dances that aren’t performed quite as frequently as these – but still have derivations in Mexican culture – are the hat dance, the deer dance and the Mexican agricultural dance.

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