“And those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” This is a famous quote from a German philosopher by the name of Friedrich Nietzshe. What better quote for National Dance Day.
Last year I had the chance to hang out with some of the ladies from PEEPSHOW for National Dance Day. The ladies taught me and everyone else about ballroom dancing and the Dizzy Feet Foundation. I had a lot of fun. When I heard they were going to do again this year, I grabbed my gear and headed out the door.
I headed down to Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts, located at 3265 E. Patrick Lane in Las Vegas. I arrived early and parked in what appeared to be the last available parking spot. Wow was this place crowded!
I met up with sisters Kaci and Staci Wilson from PEEPSHOW they asked if I was ready to see Djembe West African Drummers & Dancers. I nodded my head not quite sure what I was going to see.
The class filled up quickly. The members of the class walked into the room, dropped their gear and began stretching without a moment to spare. It seems they were all quite eager to participate in the dancing. While the stretching was happening, another group of people were setting up hand drums.
The stretching was done and they were ready to begin the class. The moment the drums started the energy in the room changed. As the tribal like beats thundered through the room, you couldn’t help but move and sway. I better understood Nietzeshe’s quote at this very moment.
The dance moves were so exaggerated and fun. It was almost if the class had given themselves to the music. Their bodies flowed in what I had only seen in movies. The demographics of the class were young and old and everyone was smiling and having fun.
Kaci taught the moves to the class and Staci jumped in to help demonstrate. Towards the end of the class they formed two columns of dancers who covered the dance floor in seconds, stopping in front of the drums to show off their dance moves.
The drumming became faster and the energy in the room skyrocketed. Everyone who was watching the dance class was swaying and moving to the beat as the dancers circled the floor. Had their been a campfire in the middle of the floor, this would have looked just like a scene from a movie.
The dancing circle was filled with laughter as the dancers surrendered their bodies to the music. The thundering beats gained momentum once again and a single dancer would enter the center of the circle. This part reminded me a little bit of a break dancing circle. The movements were completely different though.
The drums stopped abruptly. The class was over and the dancers embraced one another as if they had shared something special. What a fantastic way to celebrate National Dance Day.
If you are interested in this style of dancing you can get a hold of Djembe West African Drummers & Dancers at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Africandanceprogram/
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