Now in its fifth year, the Canberra Latin Dance Festival (CLDF) will showcase the best that Canberra has to offer through its vibrant and extensive Latin dance scene.
CLDF Promotional Video 2016
About the Festival Founders
Raquel Paez Ricciardo and Andrea Paez Warner live and breathe Latin dance. Co-directors of the highly-successful Canberra dance school, Salsabor Dance Studio, the sisters decided in 2010 that Canberra was ready for a festival of its own.
The dance scene had exploded locally and there was enough interest and desire to create a Latin dance festival in the nation’s capital to complement the existing festivals around the country.
They envisioned an inclusive festival that showcased all that Canberra and Australia had to offer through performances, workshops and dance parties. They also wanted to put Canberra Latin dance on an international stage and ensured they had world-class international artists as guests.
And so the Canberra Latin Dance Festival was born and grows bigger and better each year.
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Official 2016 Media Release
Canberra’s spiciest festival is back with world-class dancing in a hot new venue | 5 September 2016?
The hottest event on Canberra’s spring calendar, the Canberra Latin Dance Festival (CLDF), is back over the weekend of 7-9 October, filled with world-class workshops, spectacular performances, high-energy dancers, spicy routines, and the hottest in Latin music.
What is even more exciting is that it is now in an exclusive new venue, the five-star, stylishly renovated, Canberra Rex Hotel on Northbourne Avenue.
“This year we are thrilled to bring a New York aspect to the CLDF by moving it to the Rex Hotel,” said Festival Directors, sisters, Andrea Paez Warner and Raquel Paez Ricciardo.
“The New York festival is held in a hotel and it creates a really unique, intimate, and high-class atmosphere that we’ve always wanted to bring to Australia. We’ve found the perfect hotel to do it in the Rex, and we’ve hired it out completely for the festival weekend.”
As well as the exciting new venue, world champion dancer, Omar Munoz, and his dance partner, Greysa Baez, will be joining us from the USA. Samba dancer, Dahlia Elkateb from Brazilian Fantasy from the UK, will also be here. She’ll be joined by Sashya Jay of Australian Samba performance troupe, Rhythm Brazil, to lead the annual Samba Parade Finale on Sunday night.
“If you were swept up in Rio fever during the Olympics, then you’ll love the Brazilian Carnavale performance,” said Andrea and Raquel. “You won’t be able to stop yourself from getting up and dancing.”
The fourth international guest is Bachata dancer, Carlos Redondo, originally from Spain and now living in Brisbane, who will be performing and teaching at the festival with his Australian dance partner, Chloe Loh.
The four international guests will be performing along with a range of over 50 performance teams from across the country before the dance parties kick off in the evenings.
At the dance parties, festival goers will be able to dance until the early hours to different Latin rhythms, including Salsa, Zouk, and Bachata, across two rooms. If they want to keep on partying after the festival wraps up at the hotel on Sunday, the after-party will continue at another new venue, The Highball Express, in the city.
As well as the annual Brazilian Samba Carnivale to close the festival on Sunday, there’ll be a special grand finale performance for all the lovers of the movie Grease on Saturday night.
“Guests and performers will be able to see a live and not to be missed re-enactment of Sandy and Danny from the movie Grease on Saturday night,” said Andrea and Raquel.
If you don’t fancy yourself a dancer, but would still like to come, Andrea has this to say, “Friends, family and anyone interested in Latin dancing are also very welcome to watch the performances and shows.”
You can buy weekend passes or tickets for all workshops, shows, parties and evenings online now.
For complete details of the event, including the schedule, tickets, accommodation options, artist bios and venue information, visit the official website www.canberralatinfestival.com.au, or the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/canberra.latin.dance.festival where you’ll be across the latest developments as they are announced.
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Coverage of the CLDF
Her Canberra 30 September 2016?
World champs bring ‘wow-factor’ to Festival
WITH OVER 22 YEARS OF DANCING EXPERIENCE BETWEEN THEM, CHLOE LOH AND CARLOS REDONDO ARE A MUST-SEE AT THIS YEAR’S CANBERRA LATIN DANCE FESTIVAL ON 7 – 9 OCTOBER.
Canberra is the next stop on a tour that will see the pair head to Europe to compete for Australia in the World Bachata Champions competition in London and then perform in Barcelona.
The best part? Canberra audiences will be the first to get a sneak peek of the performance.
“We will be debuting our new performance at the Canberra Latin Dance Festival that we have prepared for the World Bachata Champions competition,” Chloe says.
“It’s going to be awesome to meet everyone and show everybody what we’re doing and what we’re about.”
The couple say they dance a Bachata fusion style of dancing because “the style is simple but at the same time really emotional.”
“I love the opportunity to be playful and really interact with your dance partner,” says Chloe.
Chloe and Carlos met in Rome, and all it took was three dances and an offer by Chloe to visit Australia to convince Carlos to make the move to Brisbane.
Immediately after moving, the pair realised just how much their dancing styles matched and creativity started rolling.
They decided to enter a competition at the Sydney Bachata Dance Festival, which the pair “won within three weeks of dancing with each other.”
For them, the Canberra Latin Dance Festival is all about showcasing what is done nationally and internationally to Canberra, while giving local dancers the opportunity to showcase local talent and learn in workshops.
“When you have such a big festival in a smaller city it showcases what that city is doing to (the) rest of Australia and brings everyone together,” Carlos says.
“Festivals like this give people new to dancing an opportunity to get involved, which they should because Latin dancing is fun.”
Though Chloe provides a warning: “Anyone that gets in contact with this environment wants to be a part of it; it’s very infectious.”
What: Canberra Latin Dance Festival
Where: The Rex Hotel
When: 7-9 October 2016
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