Making sense of change

Dancer from Gala Flamenco, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival and quote from Alan Watts, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

Dancer from Gala Flamenco, Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival and quote from Alan Watts, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

Alan Wilson Watts was a philosopher, writer and teacher who was most famous for the way he Westernised Eastern philosophies. I chose his quote; “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” this week to reflect the way we all need to change over the years.

The photo is of a dancer performing Alegrías; a 12 beat flamenco palo (musical form) with emphasis on the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th beats at a relatively fast 120-170 beats per minute. It’s one of the strictest structural forms of flamenco and the first I learned. At the time I hated it because it was so difficult but I now understand that what made it so hard to learn also made it the best way to start learning flamenco and a solid basis from which I could learn other palos.

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