The danc­ing shoes are com­ing back on

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE COMMUNITY - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

CY­CLONE Deb­bie was never go­ing to stand in the way of the Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val go­ing ahead.

In fact, this year it will at­tract the largest turnout in spite of the severe weather event, with over 80 tick­ets al­ready sold.

While ini­tially planned to take place at Cape Glouces­ter Re­sort, cy­clone dam­age meant the event had to be moved to My Rain­bow Bak­ery and Shin­g­ley Beach Re­sort.

Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val chief or­gan­iser Jane Streeter said the new lo­ca­tion was pic­ture per­fect.

“(We have) dou­bled the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing from last year with 90% of tick­ets from peo­ple out of town ei­ther from Bris­bane or in­ter­state,” she said.

“What we like about it is it has ev­ery­one to­gether at one lo­ca­tion with a beau­ti­ful beach­front.

“The space in My Rain­bow Bak­ery is beau­ti­ful with 270 de­gree views across the Whit­sun­days.”

The event, held be­tween May 19–21, will con­sist of more than 20 danc­ing work­shops.

There will be nine in­struc­tors, two DJs and a con­fi­dence coach avail­able.

Dancers will also have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy beach danc­ing with per­cus­sion drum­mers, a cir­cus theme group din­ner and a sun­set cruise.

Ms Streeter said the event was open to peo­ple of all danc­ing abil­i­ties.

“We wel­come in­ter­me­di­ate dancers and we want to make sure no-one is in­tim­i­dated, a lot of Bris­bane fes­ti­vals can feel quite in­tim­i­dat­ing so it’s good if you have just started Latin danc­ing,” she said.

Tick­ets are still on sale for Whit­sun­day res­i­dents, with day passes avail­able from $59.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

STYLE: The Latin Mad­ness Crew Mario Vla­sic, Jane Streeter, An­gela Kay, Teodora Dale and Adrian Knight will dance their shoes off at the Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val.

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