Dances of Peru: A Perupedia Entry.

With the start of this week came the realization that my stay volunteering for the Karikuy program was coming to an end. I decided to spend it hanging out in Lima to focus all my attention on Perupedia. Traveling through Peru has been a great experience but I have really grown to love Lima and all it has to offer. From walking around in Miraflores to shopping at the Jirón de la Unión in Cercado de Lima it has really been a whirlwind of experiences. Spending my final weeks locally in Lima enjoying the spender of the city just seemed right.

Last week Lani, Julio and myself visited the Asociación Cultural Brisas del Titicaca so I decided to devote time to writing a Perupedia entry on the venue. Brisas del Titicaca is a interactive dinner show devoted to showing traditional peruvian dances to Peruvians and travelers alike. The Marinera Norteña is the final dance of the show and also the national dance of Peru. The Marinera Norteña is a beautiful dance where the women dances barefoot and does elegant hand movements with scarfs waving her dress around. Check out the Perupedia article on Brisas del Titicaca and vistit: Asociación Cultural Brisas del Titicaca, Jr. Wakulski 168 Lima 1(Alt.cdra.1 Av.Brasil), 715-6960

This week has also been focused on completing the Perupedia entry on dance styles found in Peru. In this I am including traditional and contemporary dances found in all dance venues whether informal dances found at clubs or traditional dance at festivals and venues such as Brisas del Titicaca. Our Karikuy team has done “extensive” research on dance in all the places we have visited. And by “extensive” I mean all types of clubs and festivals. Check out the Perupedia entry on Peruvian Dance which is still in working progress.

Apart from spending my day time hours writing about dance we have been watching World Cup soccer games and just enjoying each others company. The other Karikuy volunteers are a pleasure to spent time with and we often enjoy a movie night where we sit and watch Horror films or Game time playing Super Mario Wii.

Anastacia is a volunteer for the Karikuy program.

Anastacia Garcia

A sedentary life living and working in Philadelphia has never been the ideal life for me. My eyes yearn to see new and exciting places so I have made it a life long goal to travel and experience new cultures. I am a 22 year old Anthropology student at Temple University in Philadelphia which, in my opinion, is the best city on the East Coast; Yes, better than New York. We have everything in Philly: Art, Music, Nightlife and a diverse population. Philadelphia is a great metropolitan area that is small enough to ride your bike almost anywhere. My group of friends come from all over and when we all meet up you can find people from every region of the world. This is probably one of the reasons why I have such a urge to travel. The other is definitely following my father's footsteps who traveled to many different countries while in the military. So far I've lived in Durban. South Africa, been to a few countries in Southern Africa, and now reside in Peru for the next 2 months. I am still a very new traveler so still have allot of airplane tickets to book and trains to jump on! While in Peru, I hope to see the places hidden and off the beaten path, taste the local and unusual foods and really immerse myself in the culture. 2 months in Peru should be an adequate amount of time to gain some fluency in Spanish, my family's native tongue.

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