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Glowing in a yellow lace dress, Carolina Salinas fans herself languidly while the band burns through the sultry rhythms of the "danzon," Cuba's national dance.In fact, danzon has virtually vanished from Cuba.Danzon, a music and dance style blending European and African influences, was born in Cuba in the 19th century. The dance that grew up around this new genre is characterized by upright posture, swaying steps and repeating refrains during which the couples strut arm in arm or the women fan themselves coquettishly.Mexicans have breathed new life into the tradition even as it has faded in Cuba.The genre took on a life of its own in Mexico, whose musicians added many classics to the danzon canon.One constant that always remains is the "rest" during the refrains.Himself a musician, Fernandez Failde has a danzon band and promotes an annual festival celebrating the genre in the city of Matanzas.
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