saturday we spent the day at the whole earth festival (wef) in davis.
diana and a fellow dance student performed with irish dance group siamsa le cheile in the morning. she's been studying irish dance with various members of this group for almost two years, and this was her second time performing at the wef. she's really evolved in her attitude towards performing her craft - it used to be that she was reluctant to dance in front of anyone except for her immediate family. even after nearly a year, she had to be persuaded to perform for a small group of dancers' family and friends for a st. patrick's day recital of sorts. now in her second year, she is enthusiastic about performing but feels ok about it only when she is up on stage - the anticipation in the weeks, days, and hours leading up to a performance is full of nervous and excited energy. i could tell she was having fun from watching the genuine, brilliant smile on her face the whole time she was dancing.
the wef as an event has a great vibe. lively music, entertaining dancing, fantastically delicious and decently healthy food (black bean chili with greek yogurt, cheese, and chives over brown rice, garlic fries, frozen watermelon and limeade slushies), and friendly vendors. i indulged the kids with a pair of dancing wings and they've loved incorporating them into their play.
i am happyer at home today because of this magical time and place to explore our creative imaginations in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.