voice of a working-class U.S. Puerto Rican woman from Detroit expresses the clearly conscious
desire to act politically through dancing to Latin music:
"I like to go to
dances, yes, I like music at dances. The last dance that I went to was The Gran Combo's, and I liked it. . . . Yeah, it was nice!
I was raised, yes . . . here in the U.S. But I was raised I in a Latino environment.
The food I eat is Latin, my music is Latin, my; surroundings are Latin. So
... I am Latina and since I was small I always loved that
environment . . . and I won't give it up now nor when I get older. . . . dancing is part of my identity.”
(Excerpt from “Listening to Salsa” by Frances Aparicio)