Summer Salsa in Brussels

May 5, 2008 § 2 Comments

Did you think Brussels is an extremely business oriented city as well? I did. But what do you know – that’s not true at all. There are a lot of parties going on, a lot of salsa parties and salsa festivals. This weekend will be big in Brussels, since 5th Brussels International Summer Salsa Congress takes place. With a really good instructors selection, 3-hour show program and a bunch of international DJs,… well it should be fun. Hamid Mashadi, probably the busiest guy in Brussels at the moment (since he organizes the event) promises great fun. We’ll see 🙂

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Ever heard of Kizomba?

April 25, 2008 § 2 Comments

I haven’t. First time I heard about it I thought it must be some esoteric discipline, maybe martial arts thing or at least something Asian?! But it’s not. Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music created in Angola. Primarily it’s a genre of music, generally sung in Portuguese, a romantic flow mixed with African rhythm. The music and singing is of course combined with a very special dancing. The kizomba dancing style is known to be a very sensual. It was supposed to be created in early 1990’s as a fusion of semba (predecessor of samba) and Zouk (I’ve heard about that one before… yeey). As my friend Google and his lady-friend Wikipedia say, it is danced with a partner, very smoothly and slowly. Apparently a rather high degree of knee flexibility is required?! 🙂 Here’s a sample:

Somehow I see it as a salsa-bachata-tango thing? Well, it sure looks interesting.

A friend from Belgrade is organizing first festival of kizomba on 10th – 11th of May 2008. It will be a first time for them as well 🙂 They invited a Portuguese instructor Benjamim Nande, who will give basic classes of Kizomba and LA salsa style.

Jasna Kovačevič, the organizer of this first Belgrade Kizomba&Salsa Weekend says she’s really excited to have Nande on the festival. “Nande has taught kizomba in various countries, from Portugal, Spain, Poland, USA, Brasil, … and is known to teach kizomba in such a specific way it is really easy to learn and love immediately. On our seminar he will give all the basics of kizomba and then progress to improving levels.”

All interested please contact me, so we can share a ride (especially those with insured cars 🙂 🙂 )

Salsafest 2008 – part 1

April 13, 2008 § Leave a comment

After a busy and crapyweathered week there’s no better thing than to chill and ventilate on salsa parties. Luckily this is the weekend when Salsoteca organizes its 3rd Slovenian salsa festival, so we have plenty of chances to do that 🙂 I’ve already attended two parties and still have some energy left for today 😉 Friday night was not as busy, so everybody had a great chance to experience dancing with all guest instructors and had enough room to dance (that is a very welcome festival quality nowadays). But yesterday the place got packed. I think there were quite a lot foreign salseros present as well. We saw some great shows – my favorite were Nelson Flores&Veronica Castilla (the smoothest routine of all), I really liked Fridaynight performance from Ramon Morales y su Nuevo Imperio, plus I cannot pass by Donia’s performance – she performed with Sam Gannon and they gave this comic salsa routine… I just love it when dancing becomes acting!  🙂
Unfortunately my camera is not among my top friends or employees at the moment and refuses to work for me. That’s why I will have to wait for some generous soul to equip this article with sufficient photo and video material. Thanks in advance! 🙂
Read you soon, with part 2 review – they say we’ll have a live band on tonight’s party. Let’s see how that works on Sunday night… 🙂

y su Nuevo Imperio

Star chat with Alex&Flo

February 27, 2008 § 1 Comment

As you may already know, a bunch of Slovenian salseros are coming to 3rd Bulgarian salsa weekend in Sofia, which will take place from 14th to 16th of March. The organizers of this congress are Alex & Flo, nice couple, which we had a chance already to see and meet in Slovenia. They were one of the instructors on October’s Salsa Power festival. We noticed they are good dancers, they know crazy tricks and they are very likeable. Those are all the reasons I decided to invite them to a short chat. Meet Alex & Flo – if you’re not sure who is who, you can figure it out from the answers 😉  

Alex and Flo

1.When was the first time you danced salsa and how was it?
Alex: About 8 years ago, incidentally I went to a salsa party and I was fascinated. I did my very first steps and couldn’t stop since then
Flo: I am not sure about when exactly… probably like 10 – 12 years ago. It was great, I did other kind of dances before that and I was really enthusiastic about this new feeling salsa gave me

2. Where and when did you meet?
Alex&Flo: We had common friends and we have met long time ago, but salsa was the reason we became close and then one thing led to another and we got married J

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