General Dance Discussion > Cumbia Sonidera

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by guero, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. guero

    guero New Member

    Hi, everyone. Not while ago i experianced cumbia sonidera also knows as Guaracha. I saw this guy dancing with two girls at the same time, spinning them around and at the same time doing his foot work. I fell in love in this dance but it is not typical cumbia so it's lot harder to learn.
    From what i have learned the dance originated in Mexico, Mexico, this dance is a regional dance so not many people know how to dance to it, but those who do bring crowds around them.
    Now what i want to ask is.

    1. what do you think of guaracha

    2. do you know of any instructional videos that can be purchased.

    Well, thanks.
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  2. MadamSamba

    MadamSamba Member

    Hiya, Guero. I'm not sure if I'm getting my wired crossed, but is Guaracha the same or vaguely similar to rueda, where one guy can dance with multiple girls or multiple gals can dance with multiple guys?

    Let me know if it is and I can point you in the right direction!
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  3. dancersdreamland

    dancersdreamland New Member

    Welcome to the Forum Family, guero!

    I did a quick search for Guaracha instructional videos and came up short. I'll keep my eyes peeled and let you know if I find anything.
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  4. guero

    guero New Member

    Hi Madam Samba and Dancersdreamland.
    Well i'm not familiar with rueda but i guaracha is not based on multiple partners. Guaracha is a form of cumbia so it's a couple dance but at that time i was really impressed with this guy that could lead two girls at the same time. When you look at the guys dancing to guaracha the dance reminds me of being drunk, it's like you are falling back and you are catching yourself. It's really weird to describe.
    Searching Sonidero Nacional might help out.
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  5. guero

    guero New Member

    i found this description of guaracha:

    This lively Cuban song and dance of Spanish origin is performed in 2/4 time and danced by the more expert and agile dancers only, as its speed is rather imposing. a) An old Spanish dance in two sections. One is lively triple and the other in double. It originally was played in 4/4 time. b) A modern Rumba usually played very fast.

    and i do agree that you need to be very agile and expertise wouldn't hurt. :lol:

    (edited by Sagitta to include source, via guaracha link)
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  6. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    So the guaracha didn't originate from mexico? Could the cumbia sonidera be different from the guaracha, if the cumbia sonidera is of Mexican origin?
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  7. guero

    guero New Member

    From what i understand guaracha is medernized version of the old guaracha also it is called guacharaca. let me look for some songs so you can search for.
    check out this link:

    Los #1 De Los Sonidos:
    100% Sonidero

    (edited by Sagitta - commercial linking not allowed)
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  8. guero

    guero New Member

    check out embrujo de cumbia, i think this is the best guaracha example.
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  9. guero

    guero New Member

    Sonidero Nacional is a group of dj's from i think from california or miami, i'm not sure But, they play cumbia sonidera which has a slight different feel from a regular cumbia. I"m not sure how to explain it. But when you'll see someone dancing to guaracha you will know what i'm talking about.
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  10. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hmm. Now I'm curious. Did anyone find instructional videos, video clips, documentary footage or more info on this dance? If not, I guess I can take up the challenge and do some googling. 8)
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  11. guero

    guero New Member

    Finaly i found examples of Cumbia Sonidera
    1. go to
    2. search for

    Titanes De La Cumbia Sonidera

    3. select the bottom cd

    best example would be La Guaracha Sabrosona, don't bother to open any other songs rather check out the other cd's, for better examples.
    #2 - La Guaracha Sabrosona

    here's another example
    search for
    Guerreros De La Cumbia

    i just went through every song and i found only 1 song that wouldn't satisfy my guaracha liking.

    Also check out

    EL Sonido De Cumbia
    (yes this cd has overall cumbia sonidera rythm and beat but all the songs are mediacore. most likely you will never hear them at the club except for La Guaracha Sabrosona. Almost every time i go to nightclub i can hear this song.)

    i like this song a lot

    I hope this will clear things up (or not) but anyhow it's 3:30 am in chicago and i have to be up in 4 hours so i better get some rest.

    One more thing though, my girl was talking to her friend who know guaracha dance and she found out that the dance is very popular in Mexico in federal district (i hope i got the right district) well i will double check.
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  12. guero

    guero New Member

    i finaly found one of the best cumbia sonidera songs
    it's done by
    Artist: Celso Pina
    CD: Barrio Bravo
    Song: 1. Cumbia Sobre El Rio / Interludio

    Another one from this cd is

    Song: 10. Versando Pa' Mis Amigos

    Ok this is what i have noticed, sonidero nacional barrows colombian music and mixes it with cumbia beats i found this cd called and there's a track

    i heard the same song remixed by sonidero i'll try to find it.
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  13. guero

    guero New Member

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  14. salsablanca

    salsablanca New Member


    Hi, I realize this is very late in coming but I found the post while I was searching the web for learning to dance Sonidera/Guaracha.

    I have been trying to for YEARS to learn this dance after seeing it here in the nightclubs in Phoenix. Most of the people I know that can do it are from Mexico City. I was glad to see that it is being recognized. I have asked friends to help me learn but they don't know how to because they learned it so long ago that they can't break it down into anything simple.

    As for videos to learn, Wal-mart sells some but I bought one and it was not good at all. I don't know if it was bad editing but their feet didn't seem to go with the music (like it had been dubbed in later) and I have seen enough of it here to recognize that.

    I am holding out hope that someone who knows how to do it will eventually want to share it with the rest of us and give lessons!
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  15. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hi salsablanca. Welcome, and good luck finding a decent video. 8) Actually, there's a pretty sizable Mexican population here, too. I wonder if there's anything like available here. :? :)
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  16. Enamoradadeguaracha

    Enamoradadeguaracha New Member

    Hi all, i am so sad i just now found this thread, i am a caucasian cajun/french woman who fell for and married a man from mexico city who happened to be the best cumbia dancer of all time & i learned alot during 9 yrs of marriage. I happen to have found alot of info, tutorials, clips, could answer alot of the ?s i see here. I could even upload a personal demo of the basic steps of la guaracha... is anyone still interested as this thread is 12 years old:(...
  17. Enamoradadeguaracha

    Enamoradadeguaracha New Member

    Have a million things to say if u are still interested 12 yrs later.....
  18. Enamoradadeguaracha

    Enamoradadeguaracha New Member

    Still there, i can contribute to this thread!!!
  19. Enamoradadeguaracha

    Enamoradadeguaracha New Member

    Hi i have sooo much to share if u are still interested.... btw for what it is worth i thought u should know.... i love something u said in this quote and i use it constantly with reference to your quote. ."When you look at the guys dancing to guaracha the dance reminds me of being drunk, it's like you are falling back and you are catching yourself."...
    I hv never heard a better description ! I use it almost daily...
  20. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    I somehow missed this discussion.

    1st.. Cumbia and Guaracha are 2 different dances

    Cumbia is from Colombia ( many would say their native dance ) and Guaracha is a fast version of Danzon( Cuban ). Guaracha was often used for old school Mambo .

    The indigenous forms are simple in content .I posted a vid of the basics on S Forums a few years back
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