Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val a huge sell out

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE hav­ing to shift lo­ca­tions due to Cy­clone Deb­bie, the Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val was a huge suc­cess over the week­end, with dou­ble the at­ten­dance this year.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled for Cape Glouces­ter Beach Re­sort, the fes­ti­val had to switch to Shin­g­ley Beach Re­sort and My Rain­bow Bak­ery but it didn’t dampen the dancers’ spir­its.

The event was sold out, with more 113 peo­ple in at­ten­dance and a lot of them vis­it­ing from out­side the re­gion.

The fes­ti­val fea­tured nine in­struc­tors with more than 20 work­shops from Fri­day to Sun­day, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from DJs, to a con­fi­dence coach and pro­fes­sional dancers and drum­mers.

There was even a spe­cial cir­cus themed din­ner and a sunset cruise.

Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val chief or­gan­iser Jane Streeter said it was all or­gan­ised and run through vol­un­teers and was a not-for-profit event.

“The event was a mas­sive suc­cess with ex­tremely pos­i­tive feed­back from all who at­tended,” she said.

“The weather cleared just in time for a spec­tac­u­lar sunset bar­be­cue to kick off the fes­tiv­i­ties and it re­ally set the vibe for the week­end with the group be­com­ing close knit from the get go.

“I was told by many that it’s the best dance fes­ti­val they have ever at­tended. It was very heart-warm­ing and hum­bling and I was so proud of the ef­forts of all the other vol­un­teers that made the event such a suc­cess.”

High­lights in­cluded the Sun­day sunset cruises on both Sun­downer and Ride the Duck and a danc­ing and drum­ming ses­sion on Shin­g­ley Beach.

Ms Streeter said she en­cour­aged peo­ple to come to Latin Mad­ness Fri­day night classes to get ready for next year’s event.

Phone 0405 118 127 for more in­for­ma­tion.

PHOTO: SUM­MER RAIN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

SHOW­TIME: The Whit­sun­day Latin Fes­ti­val was a big hit this year.

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