Our group of friends from Lake Chapala decided to explore the dancing and Music scene in Guadalajara, Mexico last Sunday night.
And since there are no shortage of great things to do In Guadalajara, we decided to rendezvous with some other fans of Latin dancing at Casino Veracruz a very popular dance club.
We met in Ajijic at about 5 PM and car pooled to the Historic district of Guadalajara. It took approximately one hour to drive from Lake Chapala to ‘el centro’ in GDL.
We parked right in front of Casino Veracruz on Calle Manzano but they didn’t open until 7 PM, so we had an hour to kill.
Across the street was a modest covered open air Mexican restaurant. So the five of us wandered across the street. It looked OK, so we sat down for a light, early dinner.
The food was good and very inexpensive and by the time we finished it was 7PM and time to check out the dance venue in side the Casino Veracruz Club.
So we sauntered back over, took a few pictures of us the ‘Ajijic Dancers’ and went inside and paid the incredibly cheap cover charge of only $40 pesos per person. At the current exchange rate of 14 Mexican Pesos to 1 US Dollar that was roughly $2.86 U.S. Such a deal!
Dancing with the Stars – A Guadalajara Night Out to Remember
Five of us joined our Championship dance instructor, Fernando Serna Villa and other dance students at the Casino Veracruz Guadalajara.
As we were lead to our table we were treated as if we were celebrities. At the table Fernando proudly introduced us to some of his Mexican dance students that go to his studio in Guadalajara.
As the 16 piece Latin band began playing the most incredible rhythms, the magic took over. We were transformed into stars. Swaying our bodies and moving our feet to the Latin beat while dancing Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha and more.
All the dancers at this club were incredible. The way they moved to the music in their own unique ways gave a sense of freedom “to be who you are.” That was all that was required to join this exclusive group of gifted artists.
During the evening Fernando asked the band to dedicate a song to his guests who came from Ajijic. The Master of Ceremonies came to our table with microphone in hand to welcome us and introduce us to everyone.
Through out the evening we were personally welcomed by other dancers in such a gracious style as only the Mexican people can do.
And all the time Fernando stood glowing with pride as he looked upon all of us. His Baby Boomer dance students, Gringo’s and Gringa’s dancing the night away with big grins and happy feet.
And why should we be surprised. Since Fernando (who we call our Guru of living life to its fullest) has instilled a passion in us for dancing that has changed our lives.
Feeling the emotion from the dancers at Casino Veracruz could cause many of us to rethink our core values. To honestly ask ourselves: Are we dancing with life, or dragging our feet through life?
Click on the link for more pictures of dancers at Casino Veracruz.
Joel and I often ask ourselves: What did we do and how did we live before Fernando entered our lives. To say Fernando has become a cherished friend, teacher of life and our dance mentor is just the tip of the iceberg.
For us, every Friday when Fernando comes to our home to teach us our dance lesson everything shifts. As we head up to our roof top where we have our lesson our view of Lake Chapala looks even more incredible, the plants look greener, the flowers are bigger and the excitement begins to build.
By the time we finish our class and talk our talk (using English and Spanish dictionaries) and laugh our laughs we are on such a high that we know we will never stop dancing.
Is this the only reason we moved to Mexico….to dance? It’s a good question.
So if you are visiting Lake Chapala and looking for something fun to do in Guadalajara on a Sunday night, or any night for that matter, check out Casino Veracruz. It’s a great time even if you don’t dance and want to people watch.
Casino Veracruz is located in the Historic district or ‘el centro’ in Guadalajara.
Calle Manzano # 486
Around the corner from Hotel Mison Carlton.
Between Calle Constituyentes and Calle Estandia 27
Phone: 333-613-4422 or 333-601-7863
Bailamos ! … Let’s Dance !
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