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A Year of Yoga: March 18, 2014

Pose: Low lunge with quad stretch

Location: The foyer of my building. Tonight Lulu and me went to a flamenco dance lesson. We joined about 15 of the students and went back to the Museo de Baile Flamenco. We were greeted by Rosa, a stern looking Spanish woman with a super tight bun and more black eye makeup than a goth kid. She had a deep throaty voice and broken English. She was awesome. She taught us what I’m sure to her is an extremely simple flamenco dance. I’m thinking they teach this dance to 5 year olds. Of course, we all looked clumsy and uncoordinated compared to her (and probably even the 5 year olds). One of the traditions of flamenco dancing is the group forms a circle and one person walks to the center and performs alone. Yes…she made us do this. After she taught us the dance, she started taking students by the shoulders and firmly guiding them to the middle of the circle. If they couldn’t remember the steps, she would join them and remind them. The rest of us participated by clapping a simple flamenco rhythm. It was a great experience. I didn’t have to dance in the circle of my husband’s students, but I would have.

Photography Credit: Lulu

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