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Day­dream Is­land plays host to Latin dance

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

THE Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val is well and truly un­der way, but don’t fret as the best is yet to come.

From to­mor­row to Sun­day, the fes­ti­val moves to Day­dream Is­land and there’s still a chance to snatch tick­ets up.

As her name sug­gests, Pas­cale “Salsette” Der­nocoure is the star of the fes­ti­val.

She held three ex­ten­sive work­shops at the Fit­ness Venue “old church” in Can­non­vale and now the fun is re­ally about to begin.

Join­ing her on Day­dream Is­land will be three pro­fes­sional in­struc­tors Tony “Bachata Whis­perer” Lara, Ifty and San­d­rina the 2014 Am­a­teur Zouk Cham­pi­ons as well as a yoga and zumba teacher.

In­ten­sive work­shops on the is­land will range from bachata, salsa and zouk-lam­bada.

Con­sid­ered the most sen­sual style of dance in the world, Latin danc­ing has some­thing for ev­ery­one and the Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to learn a new skill and brush up on your tech­nique.

Pas­cale’s danc­ing jour­ney started at the age of five and she spent the fol­low­ing 10 years study­ing ballet, jazz, tap and con­tem­po­rary dance.

Af­ter tak­ing a break for two years, she dis­cov­ered her pas­sion for Latin dance, quickly find­ing her­self teach­ing and per­form­ing in both salsa and samba.

In 2010 Pas­cale’s brand “Salsettes” was born, a now highly re­garded group of Ladies Shines Teams rang­ing from in­ter­me­di­ate to pro­fes­sional lev­els and in­clud­ing chore­ogra­phies of many styles such as salsa, cha cha, bur­lesque, samba and bachata.

As much as Pas­cale loves to dance, she loves to teach and two salsa in­ten­sive work­shops will be staged on the is­land.

Hav­ing been in the Whit­sun­days be­fore, Pas­cale looks for­ward to cre­at­ing a bang at the Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val.

“I love the com­mu­nity base of it (Latin danc­ing). It’s a real so­cial dance and one of the most part­ner-fo­cused dances ever,” she said.

It’s $149 to take part in the Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val’s three days on Day­dream and the is­land is of­fer­ing a spe­cial $190 for two nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion for twin share.

ON FIRE: Pro­fes­sional per­former Pas­cale “Salsette” Der­nocoure will shimmy and shake her way to Day­dream Is­land for the Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val.

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