Sunday, May 29, 2005

Shy on the dance floor again.

I have always loved dancing. I have been dancing since I was six years old, as far as I can remember, but probably earlier. Last nite I went to a "Milonga" (a tango dance party). I have danced tango in Argentina. But now, after around 6 or 7 years of doing so, there is a new style that is danced in Argentina and here. It's amazing to see how big the argentine tango movement is in the Twin Cities. So, anyway, if I am trying to get back into tango dancing, but it's going to take a while since I start feeling more comfortable with it. I take some private lesson with Javier once in a while and I know that I am on the good path, but it's going to take some time for this technique, this language, to sink in me. So I did dance last nite, but I felt a little ackward and even a little embarrassed. May be it was the fact that most people there knew I was from Argentina, so may be they had high expectations of me and my dancing. I did manage to survive a few tangos with Florencia, another tango dance instructor from argentina and great performer, and even a couple with other ladies.
I did feel at my best when we danced "chacareras", then I knew I could be myself fully in the dance floor and that somehow made my night.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Oh mighty springtime wind!

I just came back from the Wedge Co-op where I got my favorite drink: Peanut Dream, a beverage make with soy mikl, peanut butter and bananas (and may be something else, too). I was only wearing a t-shirt so the weather felt a little chilly but not cold. It was a very nice breeze and a very nice walk. Short but nice. I enjoyed watching the trees shaking and waving.
Life and nature saying "hi" to me.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The chacarera lesson

Last Friday I had the opportunity to teach a "chacarera" (traditional argentine dance) to a group of adults at Four Seasons, a dance studio in Minneapolis. It went really well and I enjoyed it a lot. People seemed to have fun and told me how much the enjoyed the class. It's a real pleasure to me to get to connected with my country and my background teaching dances. I have experienced that through the teaching of Spanish, but teaching a "chacarera" I had the same feeling.
Se va la segunda!

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Me at the "Bingo Station" at the May Fair 2005 (Spring Hill School) Posted by Hello

Friday, May 13, 2005

Back to school

Yeah! I finally registered for classes at Minneapolis Communityand Technical College for this Summer. I am very excited about going back to school, but I know it's going to be demanding. I won't be teaching so, it should be fine. The three classes that I will do are:
* Intercultural Communication
* Intro. to Cultural Anthropology
* Theatre in the Twin Cities
So, they should be fun. I am very motivated for all them.
Summer: books and books! :-)

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Tangos and chacareras

Recently I met a new friend, Javier. He is from Santa Fe, Argentina (like me) and he is a great tango instructor. I am back at learning tango, the "good" way this time. It's great to reconnect with dance and with a dance I really like (among many others).
His classes are not just about tango, but alignment as well. I feel like my back is really in bad shape every time he aligns it. I am also trying to get back to the tango dance floor again. I went to a tango practice tonite, but I am still very hesitant to dance there. But I know that with time I'll enjoy it again. I got to dance a "escondido" and a "chacarera" as well.
Se va la primera!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

May Day

My second May Day, organized by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT).
Last year I discovered this awesome celebration, which not only is a creative, energetic and inspirational event, but also a great community effort!
I was hooked to perform at the ceremony in 2004, but this year I really wanted to be part of the audience! I just wanted to be one of the many thousands that gather on this day.
The weather was aweful: cold and even snowing a little. But the energy of the paraders and the audience was heart warming!