AN EXOTIC FRUIT COMING FROM LATIN AMERICA, whose name was Cherimoya, once happened to pay a visit to Greece and our well-known grocery store. Cherimoya was an avid dancer, and as the other fruit and vegetables had a hard time accepting her in the beginning, she used dancing as a means to let off steam.
One day, as Cherimoya was dancing all alone, a banana that dreamed of becoming a ballerina approached her and told her: “You have such great talent! It’s a pity that the other fruit and vegetables don’t have the chance to see it in a show.”
“Well, I’d love to, but I’m afraid they won’t like the types of dance we have in my country of origin”, the Cherimoya justified herself. “You have nothing to be afraid of”, the banana replied and invited her over to a dance night so as to prove her skills in front of the fruit and vegetables of the garden.
The Cherimoya reluctantly accepted the challenge. Fearing that the types of dance she was used to in her home country would not be to the tastes of her audience, she thought it would be best to ‘adapt’: she visited a local dance school and asked the teacher to teach her Greek traditional dances. The cute Bunny teacher that greeted her taught her tsamiko, kalamatiano and various other folk dances that she had no trouble picking up despite the multitude of steps and the complexity of some of the moves. Furthermore, they rehearsed so many times that, by the time she would present, the steps had become second nature to her.
When the big night came, the banana took the microphone and presented her friend the Cherimoya to the other fruit and vegetables: “And here is, Cherimoya, who will show us her dancing talent”. They burst into applause so as to welcome her and give her courage.
The Cherimoya then made a show of the folk dances she had mastered, starting with tsamiko. She then followed it up with kalamatiano and various other dances from less known locations around Greece, not missing a single step. After a while, however, she got tired, confusing the various moves that were common between different dances. As soon as the other fruit and vegetables realized what was going on, she went red with shame. “I’m sorry, I seem to have lost my rhythm”, she said, then went to sit in the corner to avoid getting even more embarrassed.
“No, don’t give up!”, the other fruit and vegetables shouted at her, only to hear her admit: “I’m really sorry, but I’m not very used to this type of dance”, and explained to them that she had learned so many steps and moves in such a small amount of time that she had gotten really confused.
“Then show us what you know well”, the banana, who had already seen her dance latin and was impressed, told her. And then the other fruit and vegetables clapped their hands to give her courage and show that they embraced the idea. Grabbing her by the hand, they dragged her back to the dance floor to show them how it’s done.
The Cherimoya then danced salsa. After receiving the first round of applause, she plucked up more courage and followed it with samba from Brazil and mambo from Cuba. “You are very talented!”, the other fruit and vegetables exclaimed, and followed her with great enthusiasm. After dancing with their hearts, they gave her a big round of applause to thank her and welcomed her in the garden, never forgetting to invite her on the various dance nights that they organized on a weekly basis.
As for the traditional dances she had trouble learning? Well, with her discipline and patience she learned the steps so well that she ended up opening her own dance school where she taught others both latin and folk....