Adios, dancers, un­til next year

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY -

THE Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val far ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions and is ex­pected to re­turn next year.

Forty peo­ple from all over Australia, some as far as Perth, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane, flocked to the trop­ics to get their danc­ing shoes on. Af­ter three days of in­ten­sive work­shops on the main­land, fes­ti­val-go­ers jumped ship to Day­dream Is­land to re­ally get the party started.

It be­gan on Fri­day af­ter­noon with a sexy Bachata work­shop led by Tony “Bachata Whis­perer” Lara on the en­closed ter­race at Day­dream Is­land over­look­ing Lovers Cove.

Par­tak­ers were in for a bonus treat with an in­tro­duc­tion class to Ki­zomba, a sen­sual dance from An­gola, led by ex­in­struc­tor Luke Jor­gensen who re­turned for the week­end.

Satur­day was jam-packed, start­ing with a yoga ses­sion with Air­lie Beach in­struc­tor Ky­lah McCarthy and a high en­ergy Zumba class with Opal Har­ri­son. Ifty and San­d­rina, the reign­ing am­a­teur Zouk-Lam­bada cham­pi­ons, led back-to-back part­nered work­shops.

This was fol­lowed by a salsa work­shop led by Pas­cale “salsette” Der­nocoure.

The af­ter­noon was spent by the pool and spas and the evening in­cluded the smash­ingly popular Glow in the Dark Party.

Event or­gan­iser Jane Stree- ter said lo­cals lapped up the op­por­tu­nity and in­struc­tors were al­ready mak­ing plans to re­turn next year.

“A cou­ple of our first-time fes­ti­val lo­cals were ab­so­lutely on a high and they were so thank­ful to me for or­gan­is­ing the event. I could tell that they were hooked just like I am,” she said.

“Peo­ple com­mented that they loved (how) they re­ally got to know ev­ery­one, felt wel­comed and just had lots of fun in a non-in­tim­i­dat­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ms Streeter said the Whit­sun­days def­i­nitely had some up and com­ing hot Latin tal­ent.

“An­gela Kay did a Ki­zomba per­for­mance af­ter only a cou­ple of hours of prac­tice and given she has had very lit­tle train­ing in that style, it was in­spi­ra­tional,” she said.

Latin Mad­ness Air­lie Beach hosts regular classes on Tues­day nights at the Fit­ness Venue “old church” and a fun ca­sual class on Fri­day’s out­side Barcelona Tapas Bar and Cafe fol­lowed by so­cial danc­ing.

CONGA LINE: Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val at­ten­dees cre­ate a Bachata sand­wich at the glow-inthe-dark party on Day­dream Is­land.

PAR­ADISE: San­d­rina Cle­ment and Ifty Omar.

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