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.
As usual, the evening started with the sculptors exhibiting and talking about their week’s work.
They sculpt from stones such as serpentine, alabaster and soapstone, imported from various countries around the world.
Here are some photos of them.
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.
Afterwards, he and some of the guests worked off their dinner by some energetic dancing on the dining-room floor.
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.
Unfortunately, it was overcast and we had rain but this did not put off the dancers who clearly enjoyed themselves.
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