In addition to my Wayang Listrik course last semester, I participated in outside rehearsals with Annie Reynolds and I Made Widana in order to improve my movement and dance skills. Let me be clear here, I am not a dancer and I've never been comfortable learning choreography. But, Annie and Made were so encouraging and passionate about their art that they drew me in. I just had to be a part of it! 

I was lucky to be cast in one of two special dances choreographed by the two instructors, Tari Bidadari, the dance of the angels. After six weeks of intense rehearsal, I performed with five other angels (including Annie Reynolds) in a traditional gamelan concert with a full gamelan playing along side us. The concert highlighted gamelan music from both Bali and Indonesia. It was a beautiful celebration of music and dance and I was honored to be a part of it. 

Me in full costume

Me in full costume

The angels fly in.

The angels fly in.

Myself and the other angels. From right to left: me, Qiaoer Zheng, Kirstin Pauka, Meghan Rose Donnely, and Ma Yan.

Myself and the other angels. From right to left: me, Qiaoer Zheng, Kirstin Pauka, Meghan Rose Donnely, and Ma Yan.


Additionally, many of us from Annie and Made's classes gathered at the end of the semester to perform in pau hana, the end-of-semester dance concert for all dance at UH Manoa. We performed a traditional female dance form that we had been learning all semester. It was a wonderful opportunity to display what we had been learning all semester as well as watch what other groups had been working on. We saw everything from traditional Japanese dance to hula. It was a lovely day and a beautiful way to close out a dance-full semester! 

The class gathering for the pau hana performance. Many students from both of Annie and Made's Balinese classes gathered to perform at this beautiful event.

The class gathering for the pau hana performance. Many students from both of Annie and Made's Balinese classes gathered to perform at this beautiful event.

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