learning to dance

After some bouts with poor internet, we’re back to posting again! I have a lot to post from the past few months, so hopefully I’ll have time to share them with you.

Talia recently performed her first traditional Lao dance that she learned at school! We were all invited to come to the Teacher’s Day celebrations and watch her perform. After rounding up the appropriate traditional dress and doing her hair and makeup, which she was pretty excited about, we headed out in a Tuk-Tuk.2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (1 of 2)I’m not sure why, but after over 5 years of living in Southeast Asia, we still arrive to events on time. Amateurs. 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (2 of 2)2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (1 of 17)Once others showed up and things got rolling, Talia had help putting on her sash and a special crown. 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (2 of 17) 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (4 of 17)At first Elise followed Talia around everywhere, including right onto the “dance floor”, so I had to remind her that she wouldn’t be performing with her big sister.  2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (5 of 17)Some of the younger kids recited some poems and did small performances first. 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (6 of 17)Then Talia and her classmates were called up to get their flowers and get ready to perform. 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (7 of 17) 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (8 of 17) 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (9 of 17)  2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (12 of 17)Initially, she had been unsure she’d be able to learn it since the other girls mostly knew the dance already. But, after a few pep talks she took it very seriously, and did a great job.

Here is a short video:

2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (13 of 17)

Next the 3-4th grade girls performed their dance which included candles. Talia can’t wait to do that in a few years!2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (14 of 17) 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (15 of 17)Another poem recitation.. 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (16 of 17) 2015-10-21 kids Lao dance Luang Prabang by Melissa Crossett (17 of 17)

Followed by snacks and lunch. Here is Talia with her friends.  Can’t wait for our girls to learn more dances!

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