Seeing the dwarves for free

One of La Palma's dancing dwarves, Santa Cruz
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Seeing the dwarves dance in the street is a very different experience from seeing the paid performances. The singers and dancers are very tired, because they’ve been performing all night, and they’re covered in sweat.

One of the "beggers" singing about the dignity of poor people - the 13th and final performance.
One of the “beggers” singing about the dignity of poor people – the 13th and final performance.

You’re much more immersed in the experience. Ont he other hand, it’s hard to get a clear view for photos.

One of La Palma's dancing dwarves, Santa Cruz
One of La Palma’s dancing dwarves, Santa Cruz

On the other hand, you’re much, much closer to them. Near the end, people can, and do, take photos with the dwarves – especially photos of the kids.

Three dancing dwarves, Santa Cruz de La Palma, 2015
The dwarves dance in a space about 3 m wide

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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