Yesterday evening we went to the end-of-holiday celebration at the beautiful Cortijo La Paloma situated at the end of Las Negras beach. Sculpture is the main theme of these art and craft holidays but additional activities are sometimes offered as well. You may remember the hat-making last year. This past week, Ivan Rodriguez, a professional dancer from Cuba, was there to guide the sculptors through the steps and rhythms of modern dance, jazz, Cuban salsa and zumba.
The guests talking about and admiring the work
A beautiful sculpture in pink stone
As usual, the evening started with the sculptors exhibiting and talking about their week’s work.
The sculptures were in many different types of stone
Sculpture in serpentine
They sculpt from stones such as serpentine, alabaster and soapstone, imported from various countries around the world.
Another interesting piece
Here are some photos of them.
Ivan explaining Cuban cuisine
Meanwhile Ivan, who is also an excellent cook, prepared the evening feast of Cuban cuisine. This included a spicy dish of mince, peppers and olives, rice and fried macho bananas.
On the dance floor
Afterwards, he and some of the guests worked off their dinner by some energetic dancing on the dining-room floor.
In the gardens this morning
We said we would return this morning to take some photos of a demonstration of the different dance styles learnt during the week in the gardens.
Never mind the rain
Unfortunately, it was overcast and we had rain but this did not put off the dancers who clearly enjoyed themselves.
He will return
Ivan was a great hit and loved Las Negras. He has promised to return at least four times next year.
If you are interested in these holidays at La Paloma, Las Negras please contact Yvonne at email@example.com