We'll have our first
meeting at 2pm at the hotel to get to know each other a bit and talk over
the coming weekend and week. Information packets will be handed out and
we'll spend some time with questions and answers. At 3:30 all who want
to dance will meet in the dance room and we'll sort out the two class
levels. Level 1 will dive right in and dance from 4-5, and level 2 dancers
will dance from 5-6. You will have a chance to get some dinner and wash
up before the concerts begin at 8:00 or so. The music will go on until
about midnight. From there, should you feel inspired to begin or continue
dancing, there are many lively clubs along the beach boulevard to accommodate
you (see your info packet) or head to the Zocalo (city square) which will
DAYS 2-3. SATURDAY
and SUNDAY. Assuming
that some folks will be getting home late, we won't be waking you up early
for calisthenics. But you will need to be up and at it by noon for our
meeting with musicians from the festival. We'll visit, hear some music
and maybe dance a little with these folks. You'll have a few hours today
to explore Veracruz, check out
the aquarium or old Spanish fort or sit in the shade of the town square.
Dance classes will be from 4-6 and the music will start up around 8pm.
There will also likely be block dances and music on the beach these two
nights as part of the festival.
DAY 7. THURSDAY.
Today is for you to
take advantage, how you think it best, of the fruits of Xalapa.
You shouldn't miss the unbeatable Museum of Anthropology, with its amazing
collection of Pre-Columbian sculpture and pottery. It is probably the
best in Mexico. But if this isn't your thing there are many other ways
to have fun in the area. You can sign up for a one-day white water rafting
trip, wander the galleries and shops down town, or catch a bus to the
very picturesque nearby towns of Xico and Coatepec, as well as visit the
spectacular falls of Texcolo where parts of Romancing the Stone and several
other movies have been filmed. Also, Thursday nights in Mexico are great
dancing nights. The clubs are open, the music and ambiance is good, but
there are less people out, and so more floor room for spinning and twirling.
We have also arranged for an optional Zapateada (folkloric tap dancing)
class with one of the members of the excellent group, Son de Madera. The
time of this class will be announced.