The here and now... and what and why

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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Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, January 29, 2018

Gotta dance - Los niñ@s - San Juan Guelavia

One of the many things I love about Oaxaca is that dance is so important here, a part of the daily fabric and just about everyone does it in one form or another.  Kids learn the regional dances in school and seem very happy and into it.  
And so it was wonderful to watch these very young dancers perform at the Feria del Carrizo in San Juan Guelavia yesterday.
I, like almost everyone else, have seen these dances performed many times in many different venues and by many different dancers, so there is a familiarity with the steps and the music.  The dances are like familiar friends, so nice to see over and over again. 
There is a palpable sense of joy and pride in both the dancers and the audience.  You can see the happiness in this boy's face.
Watching these girls perform the flor de piña dance was so sweet. 
I'm not sure where they all came from, but the looks on their faces was "OMG, Where are we?? Look at all these people in the audience."  Remember this is in a relatively small village, normally quiet and all of a sudden, thousands of people are there. 
I think the girls' ages were between five and eight with maybe a couple even younger.
The fact that the kids get such joy and draw such hearty applause reinforces that the traditional dances will continue and continue....
¡Viva San Juan Guelavia y Oaxaca!

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