Latin fever takes over the week­end

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Inge Hansen

JANE Streeter was among the large group of en­thu­si­as­tic festival go­ers at the Latin Festival hosted by the Cape Glouces­ter Re­sort last week­end.

“It was hugely suc­cess­ful and ev­ery­one was so over­whelmed and blown away by the lo­ca­tion and by great peo­ple,” Ms Streeter said.

“Peo­ple were com­pletely sur­prised that such a won­der­ful event was hap­pen­ing in such a se­cluded, beau­ti­ful part of the world.”

Also the event or­gan­iser, Ms Streeter said a record num­ber of tick­ets were sold with a to­tal of 60 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

“We had lo­cals, peo­ple from Mackay and peo­ple from in­ter­state at­tend,” she said.

The Latin Festival had Latin dance work­shops given by pro­fes­sional dance in­struc­tors and themed par­ties such as Ara­bian Nigh’.

Mitch Bilic was an in­struc­tor and per­former at the festival.

“My dance part­ner, El­li­cia, and I per­formed the bachata on the Fri­day evening and ov- er the course of the week­end we held work­shops,” he said.

“We taught salsa, bachata, styling and did warm-ups and stretch­ing.”

Mr Bilic said smaller num­bers of peo­ple made teach­ing ev­ery­one more per­sonal.

“It was per­son­alised and in­ti­mate, which made it re­ally amaz­ing be­cause you were able to give a lot to the peo­ple who were there when it came to teach­ing,” he said.

Mr Bilic said many Latin events were quite large, mak- ing them less per­sonal, but this year’s Whit­sun­day event was in­cred­i­bly close.

“The so­cial danc­ing and party at­mos­phere was re­ally nice be­cause you were able to have that per­sonal con­ver­sa­tion with some­one and have a dance with them,” he said.

“With large scale events you of­ten lose that per­son­al­i­sa­tion so it was re­ally nice to be a part of it.”

The Whit­sun­day Latin Festival will run again next year from May 19–21.

DRESS UP: Lina Fei, Jane Streeter, An­gela Kay and Susie Yu.

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