We were awarded first place in both our sections.
Here are a few photos....though none taken by me :)
Wednesday - Over 25s theatrical style troupe - dancing to Ricky Martin's la Copa de la Vida - a fun dance
my daughter in law and me
And Saturday night - the flamenco dance Bulerias in the "Any age dance - National Troupe". This dance has no music, just keeping the rhythm and timing with clapping (palmas) and footwork. A more serious and precision dance.
We just love these colourful sparkly shawls which were simply wrapped around our black leotard and black flamenco skirts. And of course, add flowers and sparkly ear-rings!
These are all back stage photos as unfortunately they do not allow photos to be taken of the performances.
That is our teacher and choreographer, Nicole, second from the left.
I am 4th from left.
And our second teacher, wardrobe mistress and makeup artist - Susie, first on left.
A huge thank you to my flamenco family and to Delia Dillon, our newest dance company member, for these images. All phone photos - I love the editing she has done on this last image.
I've been a part of Sol y Sombra since 2012 after my daughter-in-law invited me to join. In 2015 we held our 25th anniversary celebration. I blogged about it here Ole - Celebration of 25 years of flamenco
Learning flamenco has been both daunting but wonderful too being with this amazing, kind, generous, talented and supportive group of ladies and our one male, Peter.
I thank them all for their support and encouragement over the years. Flamenco is certainly not the easiest dance form to learn. And I didn't go to dance classes when I was young. I wish I had found flamenco in my 20s or 30s, not my 50s!
Any form of dancing is great for exercise, co-ordination, memory, balance, timing, confidence, and personal growth being put out of your comfort zone when we perform on stage. And it is fun!
Do you dance? Perhaps you would like to tell us about it in your comments. Never think you are too old to start. My dance teacher also teaches an adult ballet class. If this old bird, me, can learn, so can you!
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