Saturday, July 28, 2007


Today I visited a friend in a local nursing home, and together we watched a troupe of local belly-dancers performing for the summer Fete. There were five of them, each a manifestation of a unique energy, dancing to what I imagine was North African music delivered via an amplifier system. I was quite enchanted. I have never witnessed such an enthralling surprise event. The dancers were quite evidently Essex women, but in their interpretation of the dance there was something deeply and inexplicably sensual, captivating in an other-worldly way, delightfully pure and playful. What a lovely experience, and so unexpected for us both.

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