Third Viñeta: Jalisco

Jalisco, a state in the Pacific coast of Mexico, is the home of tequila, mariachis, and colonial histories. Besides being the “whitest” region of central Mexico, Jalisco’s folkloric dances have become the epitome of Mexican dance traditions. “Son de la Negra” and “Jarabe Tapatío,” for instance, are two of the most frequently performed pieces in the repertoire of any ballet folklórico ensemble, from professional companies to amateur groups. Although these dances are certainly beautiful, they perpetuate heteronormative gender roles through the characters of the china poblana, the ranchera, and the charro. In this viñeta, we take these traditions and re-examine them through song and dance.