During the show, one of the female dancers in the group pointed out to Richard that I had noticeable underwear lines! Oh no, panty lines! What was she checking out anyway? Hmmm. Yes folks, these are the conversations that are happening on stage during a performance! Now you know what's really going on! Anyway, I was wearing my tidy whiteys! Apparently, my designer Calvin Klein undergarment has a gray stitching that was visible through my pants. I confirmed this when I investigated at home. Better gray stitching than one brown stripe! It doesn't help matters that the pants are paper thin to begin with. Look, you can see the pocket lining right through the fabric. Does anyone else feel a breeze? At least the camera didn't pick them up. Time to invest in some Fruit of the Loom classics. Perhaps I should develop a line of men's folklorico underwear called "wedos"! What do you think? All white briefs that are stylish and supportive with the "no lines" special feature! Imagine the advertisement. Go ahead! Let your mind wander.
Look at the photo above. What's that wedo doing? I like the photo, but the crazy wedo has his eyes closed. Perhaps I was just having a moment and closed my eyes to savor it. Plus, my head is facing the wrong direction. As if to say, "Look at me everybody. I can travel with my eyes shut!" Good Grief! I love photos like this because it bring so much awareness and allows me to fix my mistakes. We have another performance of Veracruz at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum for Cinco de Mayo and I'm determined to nail these dances!
Last week, in my blog "Ballet Vs. Danza", the "pointed toe" was identified as one of the ballet components of ballet folklorico. This brought to remembrance that from the beginning, its been emphasized to me to "point the toes" during many of the movements we execute, such as kicks. In the early days, we did several exercises that emphasised pointed toes. I found myself pointing my toes as I walked down stairs and telling myself, "Point the toes, Point the toes, Point the toes" as I took each step. I did that so much it starting sounding like, "Pointed Nose!" During my first time performing Jarabe Tapitio, I failed to point my toe as I kicked over my partner's head as she knelt to pick up the sombrero towards the end of the dance. Suddenly I had transformed the dance from ballet to hillbilly! Hillbilly is yet another form of folk dancing you know! What can I say, the wedo's inner redneck exposed itself!
My recent blog posts have caused me to take a look at "The Man In The Mirror"! We've all heard Michael Jackson's hit which declares looking at ourselves first before we point the finger at someone else. All this talk about taking responsibility, practicing, dedication, technique and so on, has caused me to pause and take inventory and evaluate myself as to where I'm at in this folklorico journey. Thus resulting in this week's post called "Taking Inventory"! Enjoy!
- I want to learn a plethora of additional dances from all the regions. Lots of Polkas!!!!
- I want to perform all over, in various venues and events, for the people.
- On a more personal level, I want to become a better dancer all around. Improve on my posture, my attitude, my adaptability and my flexibility. I want to maintain the repertoire that I have already learned so that it can be performed at a moment's notice. I want to add to my costume collection.
- I want to assist Richard in restoring Herencia Mexicana BF back to how it was in its prime and create an atmosphere that draws dancers. Continue working on performing as an ensemble.
- I want to see the china dresses restored.
- I want to keep blogging! I even have a concept for a One Big Wedo Season Two!
- I want to develop an effective advertising campaign to promote the blog.
- I want to develop a line of folklorico & wedo themed t-shirts & merchandise to support the dance group, provide scholarships and promote folklorico. The Label: WE-DO WEAR!
- I would like to produce a show. An Evening of Folklorico. Featuring live mariachi, dancers & artwork.
- Chihuahua - 3 dances
- Tamaulipas - 2 dances
- Jalisco - 2 dances
- Puebla - 1 dance (2 Versions)
- Chiapas - 2 dances
- Veracruz - 5 dances
- Durango - 3 dances
- I'm going to hold off on a Spanish class and bartending school at this time and focus on the dancing. I am not getting any younger and these are things I can explore later in life!
- Recently, Richard was asked to come teach at Images de Mexico BF. Therefore, I am going to practice with Images of Mexico Ballet Folklorico on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This will increase my classroom practice and conditioning time from 2 to 6 hours a week.
- On the days I don't have classroom practice, I am going to practice at home at least 30 minutes a day to review the dances I have learned and drill new material and steps I am learning. Except Sundays. Time to set the egg timer just like my mother did growing up when we were practicing piano!
- Go to the gym! Transform yourself into that Folklorico Adonis!
- Develop better eating habits. Establish a healthy diet. I do great on the carbs. Overload on them in fact. Where's the protein?
- Have designs made up for decals and shirts.
- Print business card ads promoting the blog.
- Get my teeth whitened.
- Dye my grey hairs.
- Research show venues.
Talk about immediate feedback! I'm writing this on Thursday and last night I had my first practice with Images of Mexico. My body is dying! It's in shock. Talk about a work out. This is exactly what I need. Last night's practice encompassed ballet, yoga, zumba and folklorico! What a combo. I'm feelin' it. I even learned a new Jalisco dance! Jalisco is always challenging for me. This one is a fast one too. Oh My, My!
Also, this is my last week of classes for college! Finals this week. No more college.....at least for now. Taking a break!
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