|Posing with our beloved teacher. He is the best! (Photo credit EK)|
So many things happened that I never expected, bringing surprise and joy every week. I was measured for an outfit by the freezers at Lin Asian Market, and I walked across the roof of an empty storefront building to climb in someone's window and change in their bathroom.One night at practice I found out that when coconuts grow on trees they are smooth, oval, and bright green; never hairy, round, and dark brown (I swear I will never buy a children's book unless it depicts coconuts on trees correctly--what a betrayal!). People I had never met sometimes stopped me at the bazaar and said, "good dancing!" Little girls taught me the Burmese word for "sister" and showed me their best Gangnam Style.
|Picture of the happy crowd during a cloudy spell (photo credit SM)|
The day of the festival, we all crowded into Thaw Thaw's Beauty Salon early in the morning for hair and makeup. When the 5 of us emerged and started to enjoy the festival, people stopped us for pictures every step of the way. I was stopped by a nice couple who told me they drove up from Maryland the night before for the Water Festival, and were looking forward to seeing me dance. I heard similar stories of people coming from all across New York State, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Canada. The festival organizers did a great job and I could tell everyone was thrilled with the result.
|Me accepting leis mid-dance from a little girl (photo credit MD)|
Here's a link to a video of our two dances. Be warned, it's about 9 minutes long. In both dances I am the second farthest right as you face the stage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_uFUoNxPSo. (Video credit DC)
|Action shot from second dance (photo credit MD)|
I am very grateful for everyone who helped create this wonderful opportunity. My life is immensely richer because of it, and I would love to participate again in the future. If anyone is in need of an Irish-Burmese dancer or model, I have my dress and know exactly two dances but not very well. ;-)