You see, Xan detests dancing. What's worse then dancing? Country music. :) He doesn't mind if I want to go dancing. At BYU it was really convenient because he could send me dancing with one of our friends and he never had to go but I still got to go dancing. The system was working fabulously until we left that world where dancing with partners other than your spouse was acceptable.
And then, I found out the greatest thing of the YEAR just last week:
SPOUSES OF CORNELL GRADUATE STUDENTS CAN TAKE PE CLASSES FOR FREE!
(plus any course fees involved.)
I found out a day before the add/drop deadline so I impulsively signed up for Sevillanas on Sunday evenings and Belly Dance on Tuesday and Thursday morning. I have been wishing I could learn Flamenco dancing for a couple of years now but WHERE DO YOU LEARN? right? But, June, who instructs both Sevillanas and Belly Dancing, is also dreaming of dancing the Flamenco and is skilled enough to teach the Sevillanas The Sevillanas is a form of Flamenco that is more folk dancing. It's what the "common" people dance opposed to the professionally trained Flamenco dancers. It's also very commonly taught as the first step to learning Flamenco. LOVE IT! Watch this video to see what the awesome version looks like:
And this is what our beginning class is learning. The same steps, just not as expertly embellished. :)
Trust me, I LOOK NOTHING LIKE EITHER! I came home last Sunday night from my first class and was showing Xan what I learned. He's lived in Spain and knows what it is SUPPOSED to look like and he said, "Whatever that is, that is NOT what I saw in Spain." LOL! I guess I need to add the Flamenco arms in. Without those... the dance looks pretty pathetic.
And THEN! Too top that off, this last Wednesday was the first day of our weekly (I think it is weekly) Zumba class with our Relief Society. The wonderful Kim Yost went and got certified to teach so we were all shaking it out early Wednesday morning in the gym. It was SOOOOO much fun! And I loved how it was in the morning since I work Wednesdays starting at 11:30 am. So, I can usually never make evening stuff. EXCELLENT JOB, KIM! LOVED IT!
It has been an INCREDIBLE week! I'm happy and smiling most of the time. I'm waking up earlier. I'm CRAVING all this food I'm learning to make from watching the Food Network (Julia Child's French Onion Soup is on the stove simmering as I type and then I'll be making some Panini style sandwiches to go with it inspired by Chef Anne Burrell). LIFE IS JUST BETTER!
EXCEPT NOW FEELING TOO SORE TO MOVE...