Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.
First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico. Time passed. More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening. A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.
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This is Daniel Ruiz Ruiz in all his glory as a Vasallo in the group of danzantes from Teotitlan del Valle. You will recall that just before the group's first performance and the big time in the guelaguetza, he had an emergency appendicitis and could not dance after months of practicing.
So it was wonderful to see him and the group last Friday in Santiago Matatlán a.k.a. "World Capital Of Mezcal." His father, Mario, was there and it was so nice to share the moment with him.
After a quick trip to the church, it was showtime.
They are such a good group of dancers. It was a pity that the canopy gave it such a psychedelic background.... and the poles did not help. but it kept the intense sun off, so a blessing. Plus, I like psychedelic.
However, they are dancing the danza de la pluma this week in Teotitlan under open skies and we will be there.