Just like love ❤ it’s all about the music.

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Still learning, trying, growing, making mistakes and sometimes starting all over again.

Sometimes people tell me that they could never learn to dance and I tell them 

“I still can’t 😃” 

and if they think I can …… 

…….then they can as well”

The main requirement to be a good dance student is more about ‘passion’ and choosing a dance style with music that ‘touches your heart’. When you dance to music you truly love you dance differently with more intensity and passion.

It’s a lifelong learning journey where (for some of us anyway) we realise we have to go ‘back to basics’ …again ..and again… and again. Everyone progresses at different speeds and you must never compare or try to compete with anyone else. Your only measurement of success is yourself by looking back in time and observing your own progress.

Its the type of music you are always listening to even when you’re not dancing, so even during times of discouragement in progress, sometimes when your seemingly taking two step backwards … that love for the music will carry you through …..

in fact the music will not allow you to give up!

And because the music is the primary reason why I dance I can go to a Cuban Salsa party with DJ Elton Raton Mark Rabioso (my all time favourite Cuban Salsa DJ) in Brussel, Antwerp or Rotterdam and still enjoy myself without having one dance.

I soak up his incredible music playlist, the vibrant positive atmosphere observing dancers of all levels fully enjoying themselves. I love to watch many of the experienced dancers personal interpretation of the music in their spontaneous improvised dance movements and unique style of dancing.

As if to say “oh that is what this particular song, rhythm and melody means to you!”

I go with that mindset but alway end up with the icing on the cake ….. either someone accepts my request to dance or someone asks me for a dance. But because it’s primarily about the music I never get disappointed.

Even in the obscure world of Kizomba my main pleasure at present comes from listening to the music and watching experienced dancers in action.

And just a small note to existing dancers in these restrictive Corona times;

‘don’t let the lack of a dance partner destroy your passion. If you can learn to enjoy  your passion ‘@home alone’ then the pleasure will be even greater when you can finally reconnect again in dance’.

So when you see all these Instagram posts of dancers performing solo routines just realise it’s all about reconnecting, that they are practicing and preparing for their future partner dance.

Maybe it’s just like finding love. ❤

Learn to fully love yourself first so that when you do finally find true love,

it will be better & stronger,

with a greater chance of long term success.

CSSF Rovinj, 2016 My experience.

What an amazing festival and I only experienced a fraction of it. The last four days, and I did not enroll in any of the workshops, or any of the sunset dance cruises. But what I did experience , the early evening town square open party with Top Cuban Salsa band Maykel Blanco, the afternoon beach parties, the main Sunday afternoon Pool party and the late evening parties in the Old Tobacco Factory complex just blew my mind!
I started dancing again from scratch about two and half years ago learning primarily Cuban Style Salsa, and a limited amount of bachata. So I still felt like a beginner. The more I learn the more I realise how little I actually know.
I did have the privilege of dancing with many highly experienced dancers and they seemed to elevate my own dance level. They finished of perfectly every move that I initiated. The interaction with the dancers was amazing and despite the fact that they were clearly far more advanced dancers than myself they were still humble, smiling hugging and squeezing my hands full of gratitude as we departed, mind blowing. (I finally realised later that they were probably applying stuff they had just learned in one of the many amazing workshops), (Next year I promise I will attend a few workshops……no really!)
By the last two days I felt as if I was dancing in another dimension. It was not that I was executing more complicated figures but it was how I was dancing. I really felt as if I was starting to transmit my feelings and emotions into my dancing, and that especially the experienced dancers seem to capture my feelings and convey them in their moves. A truly amazing experience.
Also just watching others dance was a real pleasure. With no disrepect to the top artist that performed at this festival I seemed to have more pleasure watching the spontaneous and improvised dancing that was taking place before my eyes every evening and into the early hours of the following morning where the “die hards” still kept on dancing. This was no fixed choreographic sequence of moves. I was watching a unique dance sequence taking place that will never be executed in that exact same way again. A combination of the leader and follower intepreting the music and rhythm of a particular song into their dance combined with how they feel at that given moment.

This is the stuff that is not given so much attention when the festival is being promoted or discussed but for me this is what this festival is about;

“People coming together from all over the world to connect, to hear and enjoy latin and afro Brazilian (Kizomba) music and express themselves in the beautiful art form of dance.”

Thank you so much for making this possible for us.

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