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Big dance event

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The Dance department of the UNAM for the second year in a row invited dancers from all over the country to celebrate an event called “UNAM En Movimiento”. It was a week long event with special classes, one of them by the Cuban ballet maitre Ramona De Saá (detailed info about her here if you read Spanish).

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Followed by a an event where many dance schools showcase their best dancers.

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The nice and interesting thing about this event is that it is not exclusively of one or two types of dance, like typical “cultural” event where only classic ballet and contemporary dance are showcased. This event had every kind of dance that a school proposed. From classical ballet to salsa, flamenco and even break dance.

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After the show, there was a closing celebration party, where dancers still showed off their talents in an improvised breakdance battle and ending up in a nice big party.

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You can checkout a the full gallery of photos of the event at my Flickr album page. Also follow me on Instagram for more photos I publish of dance events I’m at and other random things.

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Danza UNAM 10 year anniversary

The UNAM has a dance division, that is not exaclty a school for professional dancers, but promotes events, creates workshops, connects dancers and provides spaces for their works.

To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, they organized a mass dance event open to the public. It took place outside the MUAC museum and it had one massive stage, but four fronts. Each front was leaded by a different kind of dance coach. Jazz/Pop, Hip-hop, Salsa and Cumbia were the different dances that everyone performed that day.

A lot of people attended not only to watch but to participate in the activities. And by most of them I mean from the young to the old people.

I remember this one old lady trying to follow the hip-hop teacher’s steps. She even tried to lay down in the ground to do a split! It was good to see enthusiastic people that no matter their age, they still keep moving. I know people that in their late 20s or early 30s feel like old cripples.

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Here’s the old lady attempting to sit in the floor to do the step like everyone else

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A walk through the UNAM Museum of Contemporary Art

A photographer at the MUAC

On one of my now frequent trips to Mexico city, we went to the MUAC, the state’s university museum of contemporary art, and saw the exhibitions there. I know I’m not a fan of contemporary dance, and after my museum walk through, I discovered I’m also not a fan of contemporary art.

Photographing "modern art"

I just don’t understand the artistic aspect of it. In the picture above you can see me taking a photo of what is considered a piece of art, which is only a big metal ring hanging from the ceiling. It just makes no artistic contribution or impacts me in any way at all. Maybe I’m not with the right mindset, or under the influence of the right substances (or any substance at all to make that clear).

Old projector Neon squares Many mouths art statue Ball point pen graffitti

So I decided to take some snapshots of other things and try to turn that into art. If you ask me, anything that has a beautiful woman on it turns instantly into art. And my example below:

Contemplating art

See what I mean?

Do not smoke ashtray Gray rectangle in the wall Hair A smile and a chair A smirk and a chair That look Lovely eyes A great smile

If I didn’t bore you to death with the photos of the contemporary art exhibits, you can see more of my shots at my Flickr set MUAC and maybe some day I’ll post a video of contemporary dance to see if you understand it or get bored like me.