Playgroups and Dance groups
Hope you are all having a good Thursday wherever you are.
I just got back home after a playgroup session and Teah has zonked out so I have a couple of hours to myself. The playgroup I take Teah to is an informally organized meeting of a few friends and their toddlers who range from 14 months old to about 2 years. This week it was held in the building opposite mine in a friend’s apartment. You can see Mums and babies in the picture below, I told them all to sit on the rug and pose but Teah kept getting up and running towards me shouting ‘Mama!”. I was on the cusp of giving up when I finally managed to get this shot.
The kids run riot and we try to have a natter over a few cups of tea with cakes and biscuits.
I read an article that made me laugh yesterday and as I have mentioned elderly ladies dancing in China in previous blogs, I thought I’d share this story with you. It was an interview with a 70 year-old Chinese lady who calls herself the ‘Hip-Hop Granny’. She saw teenagers doing hip-hop a few years ago and thought it looked like fun so she signed up for a class( I didn’t even know that one could learn hip-hop at a dance studio). However the dance teacher refused to let her join in because he thought she might injure herself. Refusing to be discouraged, she just turned up every class and stood in the back of the gym copying what the young hip-hop students were doing and taught herself by mirroring. Now she is the creator and head of Beijing’s Hip-Hop Granny Dance Team, they are a group of five all over 55 years old and even enter competitions apparently! She has become a favourite amongst foreign reporters as she has been inundated with requests for interviews lately and you might all get to see her team’s hip-hop moves because she is asking the government if her team can dance for the Beijing Olympics!! She's an inspiration to us all don't you think?!
zonked out crashed out, fallen into a deep sleep due to tiredness
pose (v) to hold a position ready for a photo
on the cusp just about to/at the end of
run riot behave in a way that is not controlled, running in all directions and being noisy
have a natter chat/gossip
mirroring (v) copying/imitation
inundated (v) overwhelmed
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