Saturday, July 14, 2007
Dancing the Night Away
Just outside of Hou Hai is a giant plaza.
During the day hacky-sac players kick around a rubber ball with feathers on it.
But in the evening, it's transformed into an outdoor ballroom.
People young and old, but mostly in their 50s and 60s waltz, cha-cha and foxtrot to all kinds of Chinese music blasting from a speaker.
One man had an intricately choreographed way to dance with two women; a young lady looked elegant in a flowing red dress; and some women teamed up to dance with each other.
Most impressive was an elderly man probably in his late 70s or even early 80s. And he danced like a young pup. He had no problem bending down and doing Russian-like kicks, or grabbing his younger partner and skipping around in a circle. More amazing was that he hardly broke a sweat. Perhaps he was a dancer in his earlier years and this was his way of keeping those memories alive.
He's definitely young at heart and enjoying every moment on the dance floor.