Dirty Dancing

Ivan Rodriguez

Ivan Rodriguez

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

The guests talking about and admiring the work

A beautiful sculpture in pink stone

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 man different types of stone

The sculptures were in many different types of stone

Sculpture in serpentine

Sculpture in serpentine

They sculpt from stones such as serpentine, alabaster and soapstone, imported from various countries around the world.

Another interesting piece

Another interesting piece

Here are some photos of them.

Ivan explaining Cuban cuisine

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

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

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

Never mind the rain

Taking partners

Taking partners

Unfortunately, it was overcast and we had rain but this did not put off the dancers who clearly enjoyed themselves.

He will return

He will return

Ivan was a great hit and loved Las Negras. He has promised to return at least four times next year.

Having fun

Having fun

If you are interested in these holidays at La Paloma, Las Negras please contact Yvonne at yvonvdweirde@gmail.com

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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