The quebradita is a dance style that is a combination of county western steps, merengue, and cheerleading stunts. Some see influence of the Lindy Hop, as well. At first I thought it originated in Mexico, but now I’m not so sure. According to this book by Sydney Hutchinson* , the dance evolved in the Mexican-American community and it is seen as a backlash to the anti-immigrant rhetoric that was taking hold in California in the early to mid 1990s. The dance has developed a strong following south of the border, as well. The first time I saw the quebradita was a few years ago when I was watching one of those Mexican television dance contest shows. I’ve tried it myself, but not with much success. The last time I checked, the Las Pulgas nightclub on Tijuana’s tourist strip of Avenida Revolucion was one of the places south of the border to go see regular local people doing these moves.
*Sydney Hutchinson book is “From Quebratida to Duranguense: Dance in Mexican American Youth Culture”
Here’s another YouTube video of how you might see the quebradita danced in tighter quarters with more subdued moves.