April 2, 2011

African Dance Night

We were invited to go to a local Baltimore City school last night for African Dance Night.  I didn't know what to expect and thought we'd be watching a performance.  We actually were required to participate!  It was so much fun.  One of those magical evenings where you feel part of a community of diverse people from many different walks of life.

There were three drummers who kept the beat going for at least 45 minutes.  Then two dancers and their little girl let groups of people dancing across the gym floor. 

Etame got right in there and danced with her friend Sarah.  Finally Landon warmed up and started dancing along with some new-found friends.  Then I got out there with Tosca and she lit up the room, giggling and laughing across the floor and through the night.

After all that dancing, appetites were awaken!  We went to the cafeteria for potluck-style international food.  The kids tried all sorts of dishes - Iranian, Indian, Japanese, and Italian.  The kids tried all sorts of things and enjoyed it.  It was an evening of experiencing a different culture without the long travel time.

A lady and her daughter who wanted to hold Tosca after the performance

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