Baila Esta Cumbia: Remembering Selena Through Dance



Twenty years after her passing, Selena remains an international inspiration. Known for glamming up in glittery bustiers and flawless red lipstick, the Mexican songstress dominated every stage like her own private dance floor. The singer, born Selena Quintanilla-Perez, was killed by her friend and business associate Yolanda Saldivar at the young age of 23 on March 31, 1995. Still, as YouTube clips, her biopic Selena starring Jennifer Lopez and her legions of fans remind us, the memory of Selena continues to shine to this day.

“People like that don’t come along every day,” J. Lo, who played Selena in 1997, recently told Billboard. “There is never going to be another Selena. It’s a special thing that Selena had. That’s why we’re still talking about her 20 years later.”

While her catalog of crossover hits from “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” to “Dreaming Of You” remain iTunes staples, there was no denying her electric dance moves (remember the “washing machine“?) and her magnetic personality. On the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death, her sweat. remembers the vibrant Latina entertainer (who was a Stan for pepperoni pizza) through some of her most memorable moves.

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