Danc­ing shoes com­ing off this week­end

Im­pres­sive dance line up on show

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

EV­ERY­ONE, re­gard­less of skill level, will have the op­por­tu­nity to dance the days away along the beau­ti­ful Whit­sun­day beach­front.

The fast ap­proach­ing Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val, set to take place at Shin­g­ley Beach Re­sort and My Rain­bow Bak­ery, starts this Fri­day night and runs un­til Sun­day.

While ini­tially sched­uled to go ahead at Cape Glouces­ter Re­sort in Hy­de­away Bay, Cy­clone Deb­bie re­lated dam­age led to a venue change.

And Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val chief or­gan­iser Jane Streeter said the iconic event was on track to be the best yet.

“We’ve added more in­struc­tors to the line up as we now have an ex­tra cou­ple from Syd­ney,” she said.

“It’s go­ing to be so much big­ger than last year, with more peo­ple from out of town com­ing to give lo­cals a greater ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It will be way more ac­tion packed than pre­vi­ous years with more work­shops to choose from and more ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able.”

The event will be open to ex­pert, in­ter­me­di­ate and beginner dancers.

But ev­ery­one is wel­come to come down and get amongst the fun and fes­tiv­i­ties.

Peo­ple can choose to dance with a part­ner or show off their in­di­vid­ual abil­i­ties.

Ms Streeter said the picture per­fect lo­ca­tion would pro­vide the per­fect back­drop to a unique danc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“What we like about (the venue) is it has ev­ery­one to­gether at one lo­ca­tion with a beau­ti­ful beach­front,” she said.

“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 an 18 per­son strong pro­fes­sional line up at the fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing con­fi­dence coach Anita Van Rooyen.

Other dancers to fea­ture in­clude Pas­cale “Salsette” Der­nocourse, world Bachata cham­pi­ons Mitch and El­li­cia, Go Dance Syd­ney stars Rafael and Melissa and oth­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.whit­lat­in­fes­ti­val.com

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG WEEK­END: The 2016 Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val fea­tured an ‘Arabian Nights’ theme party.

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