The following is an excerpt from my "Pacific Music and Dance Journal Assignment." I believe it is a nice representation of the class so far. Enjoy!!
And more "real updates" to come in the near future!
Thursday, 5 March 2009
We had our first day of Pacific Studies 110 today! I get the feeling that it’s going to be a wonderful class and I’m very excited to learn a few Pacific Island dances! Although I can’t shake my hips very well… I am missing choir already, so hope that the music and artistic side of this course will satisfy my desire to be surrounded by music. In fact, adding a cultural aspect is even more exciting! Looking forward to seeing how the course works in a practical manner. Starting with Cook Islands Dance tomorrow, though I don’t have a sarong at this point! No worries, as I will talk with Marg, my host mother, to see if she has one that I can borrow during our first dance sequence. The videos that we watched about Pacific Dance were wonderful and they give me inspiration to learn more about the culture behind the movements. I do believe that reading and writing about various islands will assist in this venture. It was a bit confusing when we were discussing the so-called “Course Reader”, but will hopefully get clarification on our expected assignments soon!
*Saturday, 14 March 2009
I went to Pasifica Festival today with a few friends!! Amazing! Although the rain cut our time a bit short, we had an absolutely wonderful experience. I especially enjoyed watching the Cook Islands dancing, music, and other presentations. The way that the women felt the music was incredible. Very similar to the DVD that we watched the first day of class, but right in front of my eyes. The colors were stunning and the friends and family entirely supportive. Chanting, cheering, and laughter were all a part of the celebration of a rich culture. What a treat!
If you would like to see the purchase that I made at the Festival, check out my Facebook Profile Picture! Hope you have a lovely day. I would love to hear from you!!