Gloria Estefan talks ‘On Your Feet! en español’: A story of love, family, and the American dream

DC Metro Theater Arts

“Gloria and Emilio Estefan aren’t afraid of the word “no.” They have heard the word a lot through their 44 years of marriage and professional collaborations that began with the band The Miami Sound Machine, the first Latin band to cross over to mainstream, pop success in 1980s America.

There is no more motivating word for us than no, Gloria Estefan tells me by phone from her home in Miami earlier this week. “That’s all we heard throughout our careers. No, your sound won’t work. No, you can’t compete on a worldwide market. No, you are too American for the Latins and too Latin for the Americans. That lit a fire in our bellies.”

Photo of Gloria and Emilio Estefan

Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Photo courtesy of the Estefans.