Latina celebrity performs in Vail |

Latina celebrity performs in Vail

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” A dance at the Dobson Ice Arena tonight will celebrate the valley’s Latino culture.

Mexican singer Diana Reyes will perform Duranguense music, a genre that’s heavy on the bass drum.

Dance organizer Pedro Luevano expects 700 to 800 people to flock to the event. The party will mark the first of eight or nine Mexican dances planned for the ice rink this summer, he said. Dates have not yet been set for the other dances.

A Gypsum resident who grew up in Mexico, Luevano started organizing the dances in Vail nine years ago.

“I saw a bunch of Mexican people walking on the street and I didn’t see any Spanish entertainment around,” he said.

Luevano sought to fill that gap, but he didn’t have any public relations training.

To get contacts for bands, Luevano started calling major U.S. radio stations and asking for phone numbers. Soon, he was coaxing Latino bands into Vail for five or six dances each summer. The most highly-attended dance drew 1,000 people to see Tigres del Norte, a hit norteno band. Norteno is a type of music from northern Mexico known for its blend of accordion and 12-string guitar.

Tonight’s entertainment could be just as popular. Often pictured in a midriff and a cowboy hat, Reyes oozes sex appeal. She sings festive songs like “El Sol no Regresa” and “Como una Mariposa” in Spanish.

“Everybody likes her,” Luevano said. “All the Spanish people like her, even American people.”

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 748-2938 or

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