Spending time in Kangding, a town on the border of the area that is now the TAR but that used to be within the Kham region of Tibet (more on China and Tibet in a different post), meant visiting the town square in the evening and getting involved in the circle dancing that the local Tibetan’s did nightly … even when it was cold, and even when I was the only foreigner there!!!
The steps and the timings are so different to the European styles that I am used to that in spite of my usual assumption and life long assertion that I can dance to anything and quickly master any steps, I felt like a fool and struggled through the evening with very little grace … but still loved it. This tune was one that followed me across the grasslands at different times over the following year. It is one I still love now – the melody remains in my head and the sensation of movement remains in my body long after I have moved on! I hope you enjoy it too …. xx