(Nota editorial :Quise homenajear a una de mis escritoras mexicanas favoritas con este titulo, no precisamente porque me cosnte que tenga piernas al mas estilo jamon-jamon que de pollo. Pero usted me entiende.)
Yesterday, I finally went back to the gym. It doesn count for real, since I only attended my Arab dance class. My excuse was (is) that I "injured" while on the flight over to Rio last week and have not yet fully recover.
I must confess that it made me happier to see the reactions of my "long-lost" dance partners to my return, than the actual fact of seeing them again. It was quite different when on the very day of my arrival I went back to the Flamenco class: I was actually happy to see that lot.
In any case, apart from acquiring a renewed waist ache, I acquired a couple of free tickets to the pre-premiere of a new -and posh- show house/ cultural centre in Rio.
The show: Viva Brasil, a so-called popular opera, that tells the story of Colonial times through independence and finished with a tableau of contemporary takes on regional dances, including Lambada, Forro, Frevo, Chorinho and Samba.
I found it (though cliche-y) quite moving. Perhaps due to my exalted state of mind, seeing I am only here for a short three months stay this time.
I really love Brazil...my heart is Carioca.
Anyway...I was static to see beautiful female dancers of all shapes and weight. Each of them as beautiful and athletic as the next, be it the slender 50kg ballet-dancer look-alike or the down-to-earth sensual woman who enjoys her body.
It made me reflect on one of the things I like the most of the Brazilian Culture. Their appreciation for female beauty and femininity.
I am so happy and relieve of being made to feel at ease with the fact, that though athletic and healthy, I have been "graced" with well-rounded ankles (alas, whole well-rounded legs).
And it is sexy and woman-y...
Maybe we should all celebrate real female shapes and stop worrying too much about the dictatorship of high-fashion.
Then again, I must start going to the gym again. And perhaps a little diet wouldn't go amiss.
(Here a couple of videos of the girls in action, mind you, I couldn't get the plumper ones on it -no pun intended!-- taking too long to upload...I will try again later)