Latin fever takes over the weekend
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.
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