Spicy Latin moves to heat up the city in October


For one weekend in October Canberra will once again be taken over by the Latin dancing community and their hot moves for the fourth Canberra Latin Dance Festival.

The city will be filled with interstate and international visitors ready to put on their fanciest clothes and slip on their sparkling dance shoes to perform, learn and dance the night away during Canberra’s spring.

Expect professional performances and late night Latin dance parties, a new Night of Dirty Dancing, and the vibrant Brazilian Carnaval to spice up the festival that opens on Friday 16 October and continues through to Sunday 18 October at the Australian National University Sports and Recreational Centre.

The event founders and organisers, the sister-duo, Raquel Paez Riccardo and Andrea Paez Warner from local Salsabor Dance Studio, have confirmed that five international guests, including four that are world champion dancers, are attending.

“We are incredibly excited that this year we’ll be featuring four world champion dancers at the festival,” Raquel said.

“Uriel Garcia and Vera Rowe from the USA are four-time World Salsa and Bachata Champions, and Simone Sanfilippo and Serena Maso from Italy are World Champions in Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue.

“Our fifth international artist is Emily Glubb from New Zealand who is a specialist in Bachata.

“Emily has travelled throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia teaching her love of dance, and we can’t wait to have her at this year’s festival to share that love with us.”

The international guests will be performing along with over 42 national artists and a range of performance teams from across the country, before the dance parties kick off in the evenings. There’s also a special lunch performance on Sunday.

At the dance parties, participants will be able to dance until the early hours to different Latin rhythms, including Salsa, Zouk and Bachata, across two rooms.

“We are also excited to announce that we’ll be raising the level of the stage where performances take place so it is easier for everyone to see,” Raquel said. “And with the Night of Dirty Dancing on Saturday 17 October, guests and performers will be able to see a live, not to be missed, professional re-enactment of the final scene of Dirty Dancing the movie with Johnny and Baby.

“We’ll have a live Latin band, Salsa Rica, and will be holding the fun Switcheroo competition on Saturday, where couples switch roles and costumes, and throughout the festival we will be presenting the Canberra Latin Industry Awards to outstanding contributors to the Canberra Latin dance scene.

“We’ll be closing the weekend with the Brazilian Carnaval on Sunday 19 October. It really is an unmissable weekend filled with the best that Latin dance has to offer.”

Workshops over the weekend will be taught by international, national and local dance instructors, and will range from Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Cha Cha, and Samba.

“Friends, family and anyone interested in Latin dancing are also very welcome to watch the performances and shows,” Andrea said.

You can buy weekend passes or single tickets for all classes, workshops, parties and evenings online now.


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