Monday, September 29, 2014

September Dance Recital

I remember posting back early this year that I had started dancing again after a 10 year break, and that I was not sure if this new hobby would stick.

 Well, now I chuckle that I even wrote that! Dancing over the last 9 months has brought so much joy into my life, joy that I did not fully realize I was missing..
Lord willing, I will never stop.. Albeit I may get married or have children, albeit I may even get a job with more hours, I hope I can always find a way to dance.. It is a release for me in a very different way than sewing acts as a release.. Sewing acts as a release in a sort of quiet, inner creative way.. Dancing brings more emotion and more action, which has brought very distinct blessings in my life as far as happiness, energy and fitness are concerned.. But also, it brings a peace and a joy too. 
I love to think that King David danced.. That someday I can dance before Jesus in Heaven.. In a very disorderly, less perfect way, I want to dedicate my dancing here on earth to Jesus as well.

 Thank you for bearing with me if you stuck in there with the above blurb..
I needed to share my joy with whoever happens to read this..
A little about the dance I perform.. I do Mexican Folk dance, also know as Baile Folklorico.. I take lessons from a company known as Baila! Baila! which means Dance! Dance! in Spanish.. Mexican Folk dance is not to be confused with Flamenco which comes from Spain.. Mexico has various states and each state has different dances and traditions..  We perform dances from all over Mexico and since I am in the adult intermediate class, we have to perform a lot! Typically, we wear our hair back in buns with yarn braids and ribbon/flower headdresses.. Our outfits are blouse-y style tops and double circle skirts that we can raise over our heads and do skirt work with..  Our foot-work is the hardest and most enjoyable (for me!) part of Baile Folklorico.. We have very complicated footwork, which people who have seen me do in my regular cloths with tennis shoes, say resembles anything from tap to Irish Step-dancing..  I danced folklorico for so many years as a child, and had so much of the footwork drilled into me, I was able to jump back in as an adult with a fair amount or ease.. I constantly thank my patents for putting me in dance as a child, because I could not dance as well now if I had not had the background..  Very early on, they perceived I loved to dance, and I credit them for taking that first initiative.. When I got to my early teens, I struggled with so much anxiety that, although I loved to dance, it became too much for me.. Now as a more calm adult, I started again and enjoy it tenfold more!! It is really so much fun!

Now on to pictures....
  My white and purple lace dress with black fan.
 Black velvet apron...
 My dance class and I performed a dance from the state of Mexico called Veracruz...the dance is called Viva Veracruz.. (It is Viva Veracruz # 1, if you want to know, there is a #2 as well!)
 It is extremely long at about 8-9 minutes! 
During the later half of the dance, we dance with a lit candle on our heads--hands free of course!
No one in our group dropped their candles, so we were all VERY pleased with ourselves.

All I can say is that God is good.. All the time.. My dance class is like family and my instructor is also wonderful as well..
I always must remind myself, when times are hard and my spirits are low, that God is good, and all the time, He is good!