Simona Atzori – an inspiration

November 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

Simona Atzori is a young woman who was born with no arms. Yes, without either of the two! And apparently she is living a very happy and rich life. She loves to dance and she is extremely good at it. I read an interview with her (only in slovenian language) in which she describes her path, which of course was no rose garden and she had to go through a lot of obstacles and disappointments, yet she always found some inner strength to go on. Amazing spirit, will and determination. She lives her life with her feet only. Not only she dances with them, but also eats, draws etc. Her hips apparently have no limits.
I must say the interview touched me deeply and seeing a clip of her dancing made my pregnancy hormones go even wilder. Simona is a true inspiration for she never asked or wanted pity, she just wanted to dance, move and be happy. And she has all that now. Way to go.

And here is a clip of her dancing. Wow! I love the fact how this handycaption is used in the dancing. It’s not hidden, it’s there for us to see and learn from it.


Mr. Mambo King – a legend

November 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Having so much time to kill, while waiting for my baby to come out, I ran into some clips of recent Eddie Torres shows and remembered what a privilege it was to attend his classes a couple of years ago. You believe it when you see it. The name Mambo King does him justice and when you take his pachanga class, you know you’ve been inspired for good.
Even the shows are pure pleasure for the eyes. Though you know it’s not about the story, not about the lifts and tricks, not about the spins and styling… it’s about the groove, the feel, the soul… OK, and his TM costumes ;).
All I can say is “Thank you Mr. Eddie Torres!”

His bio tells us an interesting story on how and why he started dancing. Quoted from his website: “He was merely 12 years old when he caught the dancing bug. Just back in New York after a two year sojourn in Puerto Rico, he developed a puppy-love crush on a girl from the hood. Shyly, he asked her to the movies and she made a counter-offer: why didn’t he come to her house? That Saturday, when Renée opened the door, Eddie was surprised to see a tall, good-looking guy sitting on the couch. Renée whispered apologetically, “He’s my ex-boyfriend. He’s looking to make up with me.” Then, in an attempt to break the tension, she asked Eddie, “Do you know how to Latin?” She wanted to know if he knew how to dance Latin. Fresh from Puerto Rico, his confidence emboldened him. Renée leaned over the record player and dropped the needle on the groove of Eddie Palmieri’s Azucar Pa’ Ti. Not knowing a thing about leading position or about timing, the young suitor started jumping around, then glanced over to collect looks of approval. But his rival on the couch sat clamping his jaw closed, holding back a burst of laughter. Two minutes into the number, Renée retired her inexperienced partner, pulled her ex-boyfriend up and explained in a professorial manner, “Let me show you the way WE do the Latin.” It was plain to see that there was a lot of coordination, plenty of moving together and all sorts of turns. The more they danced, the worse Eddie felt. After the dance demonstration, his love interest pulled him to one side and explained, “He really wants to make up with me.” From that moment, Eddie made himself a promise, “This is never going to happen to me again. I’m going to learn how to dance.”

I’m sure someone can somehow relate to that :). Although his determination led him far. He learned and learned and learned, he worked with Tito Puente, competed, developed NY on2 style of dancing and also started teaching. He did all this in the era when Latin dance was not as popular. That is why I said the nickname Mr. Mambo King does him juste. One can read even more about him on his website.

Below, I am attaching some clips from this years Hamburg salsa festival, which took place in July.

With Melissa Rosado in Remember the time / and yes I do remember the time when I took those classes 🙂

His solo show:

Melissa’s solo show:

And many more…

7th Salsa Power Festival

October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last weekend was in the name of magical number 7. The traditional Slovenian Salsa Power festival took place in Ljubljana, unfortunately this time completely without me :(. My big belly did not find its place in it ;). But from what I hear it was once again a great event, with quality classes and parties in the beautiful hall of Festivalna Ljubljana. The organizer of the festival, Buba center, celebrated it’s 5 years of establishment at the same time, which gave the Friday evening party a special touch (there was a cake! :)).

Here are some clips of the shows seen on Saturday’s gala party.

Nuno & Vanda:

Jazzy & Alexistyle:

Mark Anthony & Susie:

Mambo en Clave:

BB test

October 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

This is a test post, from my blackberry… Yeeey 🙂 Ain’t modern technology amazing?!
And no I’m not bored, just curious! 😉

Pretty amazing!

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Young dancers

September 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

What is the appropriate age to start dancing? Right after a child starts walking I guess. But how is it possible that some kids get so good at such a young age…
… per example at 4 years:

… or even sooner, at only 3 years!!!

Amazing stuff!

Apologize with bachata? ;)

September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hehe… it might work, don’t you think 😉
In reality this is just one show that I really really like and wanted to share. First, it’s a great choice of music and second, it’s a pleasure for the eyes. The choreography is rich, but you can tell it’s a little ballroom-like. I’m sure they did some of that in the past and I applaud them for that. It gives a special touch to their dancing and turns a regular bachata into a really good-loking one. 🙂
Just skip the one minute italian introduction of the couple and enjoy their dancing:

Imperial Dance, Rudy & Chiara