For San Juan Youth, Reggaetón Rules the Night

For San Juan Youth, Reggaetón Rules the Night

Backstage at La Feria, a local fair on the outskirts of San Juan across the street from the massive Plaza Las Americas shopping mall, Karelys Rodríguez, a 15-year-old wearing a tiny pair of denim cut-off shorts that would make Daisy Duke blush, was rehearsing her dance moves – bending over, jiggling her backside and undulating her pelvis. It was a warm Friday evening in early December and among the neon-lighted amusement rides and food stands, a reggaetón concert, on a big stage with pyrotechnics and a dry-ice fog streaming out over the largely teenage crowd, was in full, ear-blasting gear.

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