Saturday, September 27, 2008

Four weeks à la France!

Next week will be our fifth week in France, and there is general agreement that the time seems to be flying by. This is partially because we have packed so much into these first weeks with all of the Biennale performances. By the time of its close on Tuesday, we will have seen twenty performances in addition to several dance films and our regular classes. It will be good to have some time to discuss the entire experience and put things into perspective.

Our “nuits pour faire la cuisine” –cooking nights—continue to be a success with different people taking the lead as chefs and sous-chefs. We typically spread out into three of the studio kitchens in order to prepare all of the dishes for the meal. We are able to use a large common room with tables and chairs as our dining room, and have enjoyed the pleasures of remaining at table with fruit and cheese and lots of discussion.

One of the highlights of this last week was a "cours de las danses latines" that was held in the evening in Place Terreaux. We were all doing salsa, rhumba, and cha-cha under the direction of a young man from Cuba who spoke an interesting mix of Spanish and French. It was a good way to work off the ice cream-caramel something or other, that was consumed at the cafe beforehand...

As we move into October next week, we will begin our study of French history while continuing dance technique and French language classes.

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