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Loud primitive beats

I love spending vacation days in Austin.

I had brunch at Nuevos Ondes, wondered around South Congress. Experimented with pancakes. Dragged my ass to ballet class, and afterwards I sat around watching the African dancing. African drums are so throbbing, demanding, and... alive. Totally different from the kinds of drumming I've heard in previous drum circles. There were 5 drummers for that one dance class. The dancers asked me to join, but I just watched for a bit. Note to self: instance of not yes and-ing life.

Something about those African drums makes me want to just jump up and dance crazily, like I do when I'm at home, and I dim the lights, turn on music and just move. Though from the bit I saw in the class, it was rather structured (though far far less so then ballet).

Now I'm home, and I've hand-made meatballs with pork, jalapeno and onions in my oven.

Caroso is curled up in my bed, where he's been most of the day.

*happy sigh*

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zuleikhajami
Dec. 22nd, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
You broke the first rule of being a dancer: if invited to dance, always say yes!

African dancing is, indeed, very structured. I think the American version is as structured as ballet, but in a different way. I'm not sure though, since the last time I did ballet, I was 5. :) And I haven't ever actually done African dancing--just watched it and read a bit about it.
ripresa
Dec. 22nd, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
yeah, i guess i wasn't sure what it would be like.. or how strange it would be. but it looked like great cardio.

i guess i would like more ritualistic, crazy, letting go of inhibition dancing to that wild drumming. man, it was so loud. it made the hair on my skin rise.
mdf356
Dec. 22nd, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
African dance is very animal. Literally -- a lot of the moves are mimicking animals. It's also very tiring, since a lot of the dancing is by men, a lot of the moves require raw power. The one time I tried it I got and ripped open a blister on my big toe. But it was *really* fun.

Cheers,
Matt
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