Travelling to Asia never fails to open my eyes, get my hips swaying and my toes wiggling. And what I happened upon recently, further confirms that itchy feet is a condition best left untreated.
Come nightfall, in downtown Mataram (Lombok’s capital) a hall reverberates with the rhythm of young feet, healing through the power of their heels.
Local children attend free dance classes courtesy of Dutch philanthropist, and retired professional ballroom and Latin dancer, Marcel De Rijk, who is also the owner of one of Lombok’s most revered boutique spa resorts: Puri Mas.
As I left behind a quiet, darkened street, the dance floor lit with smiling eyes, swirling hips and trailing hair, delighting in the joy and freedom of movement. My eyes fixed, however, upon Ni Nyoman Ivana Maharani, an 9-year-old girl, joined on the dance floor by her 13-year-old brother, I Wayan Adipurana Sanjaya.