A little trip to Belgium in the middle of December 2009? Why not!
Especially when I was invited to be a judge at an Oriental dance contest and to teach some workshops.
And the people there are so friendly, they even make special vending machines to welcome you at the airport :-)
I had arrived in the afternoon and my first dance workshop was at 18:30, so I had plenty of time to walk around and get a first look at the Christmas decorations.
My impression of this street was that people in Leuven sure all must have great hair because there were so many hair dressers!
A view on the train station, the building on the left was my hotel.
No self-respecting town would leave out the opportunity to have a Christmas market!
So many goodies!
St. Peter's Church with lovely illuminated windows.
See the glitter!
Inside the church - a palm tree?!
I even had enough time for a pedicure...
And we continued right away on Saturday morning with a Bollywood dance choreography.
I also took the opportunity to not only teach but also learn. Charlotte Desorgher's class for stage presence was very informative.
In the evening we went to have dinner: Artemisia, the organizer of the event as well as the other two judges Charlotte and Rachid Alexander.
On Sunday we had some free time in the morning which I used for another walk around town.
The typical architecture of Leuven
I hope she's not freezing in the winter cold...
The church in the daylight
Het Moorinneken - not very politically correct name for a building...
Back at the market
Judging is quite hard work - you have to be very concentrated and make sure that you get all the different aspects of a performance like musicality, technique, costume, expression etc.
But I also enjoyed watching most of the dancers. There was one who did a cane dance that I was actually really envious of!
Here are some of the contestants / winners:
The work is done!