Monthly Archives: February 2012

Where’s the band?

The closest restaurant bar to where we live is Da’Vida.  On certain nights, they have live entertainment spanning from 2 people to a full band.  When the wind blows in the right direction, which is almost all the time, we can hear the music from our front porch.  It’s really nice, to say the least, that we can enjoy the entertainment without leaving the house.

However, sometimes it’s nice to actually be there experiencing the people, the energy from the live music, holding your beverage of choice, and experiencing the rolling waves 10 feet from where you’re sitting.   We have tried every weekend and a few week nights to be there when the good stuff happens there.  (Good Stuff = popular bands, festivals, social gatherings)

Our first time to Da’Vida, we were one of 3 couples there on a Friday night but the only ones at the bar.  Before we knew any better, we thought a Friday night would be prime time for people to collect and have a good time–especially where there’s a bar.  Not so here in Anguilla.  Our bartender, Myra, informed us that on Saturdays, there’s a band that plays at Da’Vida, which we’ve heard from our porch.  We’ve heard this band before and it sounded as lively as a wedding.  Tim and I walked away that night with our new knowledge and agreed that on Saturday we would come to see the band.  That very next night, we arrived at the bar and to our surprise, it was a ghost town.  Once again, it was just us and Myra!  lol  Turned out the band was booked at a different location that night.  Regardless, it was another pleasant evening 10 feet from the water talking to the lovely Myra.

This past Wednesday night we went to Da’Vida, hoping to see a band called British Dependency (not the same band we previously pursuing).  We had heard some buzz about them and wanted to check them out.  Luckily, they were there and sounded fantastic!  I would describe their sound as a an alternative pop sound.  Some vocals reminded me of Incubus and Tim was reminded of artists like Tracey Chapman.  The quality of the live performance is much better than the recording because there is some echo in the vocals on the recording…but definitely check out their page on Facebook…some of their music is available to listen to right on Facebook.

Finally we saw some quality, live entertainment at Da’Vida.  We will continue to try to figure out the entertainment scene here…and I’ll post when we figure out where the “good stuff” is happening.  lol

First Outing at Da'Vida

Tim's Fancy Drink at Da'Vida

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Doggie Drama

Today was an interesting day with the dogs.

Let me give a little background information….Seagull and Spartacus finally spent time together this past Sunday.  They had a “play date” in a neutral space (aka–not our house), for about 4-5 hours.  They get along just as expected; Spartacus wants nothing to do with Seagull and Seagull just wants to play.  Spartacus puts her in her place every time she jumps, licks, or is even remotely near Spartacus.  It’s actually quite amusing to watch…remember the Looney Tunes cartoon with the two dogs and the little one jumps all over the place asking a lot of fast paced questions?  That’s how this scenario is playing out in my eyes.  (See picture below)

This morning started off pretty well, the dogs were spending their 3rd day together and Tim and I were being productive.  Part of our productiveness meant running some errands around the Island.  At about 12pm, while being productive, I get a phone call that starts out with “Don’t freak out but…”.  This is never good.  Turns out Seagull threw up A LOT and then passed out and was just lying there.  I called the vet’s office which was closed until 3pm.  I called the local groomer who is also a vet tech and she told me to call the vet and then if no answer than to bring the dog to her.   I decided to call back the messenger and ask some more questions.  At that point, the dog was up, walking around, and drinking some water.  Good!  Turns out she got stung by a wasp.  A Benedryl and a little love and she was good to go.  She didn’t have to go see anyone.

About 2 hours later, I get another phone call, this time from Tim.  “So, Spartacus just caught a chicken and brought it back for us to see.  It’s only mostly dead.”  “Only MOSTLY dead?”  What does one do with a mostly dead chicken?  We didn’t have these issues in Jersey.  Turkeys maybe but they’re so big Spartacus was afraid of them; I don’t blame him, they scare me too. lol    The chicken didn’t make it.  RIP poor chicken.  You landed in the wrong property today.

20 minutes after Spartacus delivered his catch of the day, with feathers in his mustache and beard, he started throwing up.  3 times to be exact.  Apparently, his belly doesn’t like feathers…

Ahhh…a day in the life on the island.  I’m glad everyone and every dog is feeling better, not throwing up, and now sleeping it off.  I wonder what tomorrow will bring.  Lol.

Spike and Chester of Looney Tunes remind me of Spartacus and Seagull.

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Puppy Love

For my birthday this year, we decided to adopt a dog.  Tim and I visited the Animal Rescue Foundation Anguilla to find a new dog (link below).   We had a choice of two dogs; a boy that was a few weeks and a girl who was about 2.5 months old.  As cute as the little boy dog was, we connected with the girl.  This sweet girl gave me tons of kisses the day we adopted her!  She is already learning to sit, stay, and lie down!

Many of our friends and family are asking what breed she is….the real answer is she’s a “coconut retriever” as they say here on the island.  We really don’t know what breed she is, but it appears she may have some pitbull and possibly some doberman in her.   She is definitely a mutt and a lovable one at that.

 

Animal Rescue Foundation Anguilla website:  http://aarf.ai

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23 Days Later

My life in New Jersey was filled with dance classes, choreography, and even more dance.  I taught ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at a wonderful studio called Metuchen Dance Centre for 5 years.  This was my home away from home.  I was there 4, sometimes 5 times a week for classes, rehearsals, office work, picking out recital music, choosing costumes, creating new programs for summer, helping to re-work the schedule….the list goes on and on.  But it wasn’t work there, it was sharing a love of a life that few understand.  The life of a dance teacher.

So imagine having to leave, mid-year, this family that you have spend endless hours pouring your love, sweat, pirouettes, and now, tears with.  Leaving my family at MDC was one of THE hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

23 days later–with no dance classes in sight–I was connected with Gina.  Gina, I’m told, is involved with a dance school in Anguilla.  There’s a dance school here?!?  Fantastic!  I immediately contact her and she invites Tim and I to see her perform with the Myoumba Folkloric Theatre group at the Anacaona Boutique Hotel.  When the performance was over, Gina and I met eyes and said almost in unison, “are you Holly/Gina?”  lol  We hit it off right away, like we were long lost friends.

She was very excited that I was on the island because the dance school she’s involved with was in need of  teachers so the school can grow and further enhance the quality of the education provided.  On Sunday I took a Musical Theater workshop at the school.  Before the class started, around 12pm, Gina introduced me to the owners of Klassique Academy of Dance and we had a quick chat introducing ourselves.  I was told the owners would call me later that night.  Later that night when Tim and I returned home from a beach party, I noticed I had 4 missed calls and a text!    After returning their calls & texts, we met again that same night to chat.  It was ultimately decided I was going to teach 45 minutes of a modern class and 45 minutes of a jazz class on Monday night.

I started my modern class on the floor as I always do, with spiral x’s.  Basically you are leading with one extremity (fingers or toes) and using that extremity to lead the body in a roll.  Then we did seated leg swings etc etc etc….then I taught them part of a piece I had choreographed to the movie theme song, “Triplets of Belleville”.  They did well with the movement and even giggled a little at it (which is good because it’s a silly and fun piece).  Keep in mind that this was probably the first modern class any of the kids had ever taken–they did excellent and really seemed to enjoy it!

Moving on to jazz I got them into it with a warm-up I had choreographed to “Rich Man’s Frug” from Sweet Charity and they had a ball with it!  Most of them had never heard of Bob Fosse so this will be a treat for me to be able to teach them about his style.  We worked on pas de bourees, pirouettes, and then I moved onto a combination.  Again they had such a good time–as did I.  The energy in that room was addictive!  I felt like I could’ve stayed there and taught for 3 more hours!

Long story short (to late), I am officially teaching and on the schedule at Klassique Academy of Dance and Performing Arts Anguilla and I’m very excited.

The link to Klassique’s Facebook page:  http://facebook.com/KADPAA

The link to Metuchen Dance Centre’s website:  http://metuchendance.com/

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