Eat, dance, and then dance some more.
We kicked off the weekend with the Communal Bowl where we were greeted by festive song and dance. Then our Mande dance guru Michelle introduced the Rhythm of Change Initiative, a program started at Brown in 2010, which stemmed from the 22 year history of Mande Dance at Brown.
Michelle invited us all to join in on the Communal Bowl, a family dinner where everyone shared a large bowl of food. The Malian food consisted of rice and various kinds of vegetables, including cabbage, carrots, and delicious root vegetables, such as sweet potatoes. My group was served a generous portion of rice with sweet potatoes. It was highly encouraged that we all get up and walk around to sample different delicious cuisine (and you didn’t have to tell us twice).
Needless to say, we left this festive atmosphere with a tummy full of food and a warm heart from dancing all night long, and we continued to carry our dancing spirit through to the entire weekend! If you’re a student in the area, I highly recommend you check out this even next year!
Julie Sophonpanich is a senior at Brown University, concentrating in History of Art and Architecture. She took some time off from writing her thesis to enjoy a weekend long of fun, food, and dance!