woensdag 26 juni 2013

Havana Dancing nights - Den Haag

Eating & Drinking & Dancing & Cocktails

A real dance Cuban-style cafe where you can go for delicious food, great cocktails (and many available cocktail workshops), a sun terrace, guests from all over the world and of course a dance floor…right in the heart of Den Haag.

In the evenings after dinner, all the tables are moved to the side and the dance-floor is there with music that satisfies all tastes. On Thursday nights- there are very interesting discounts for students while Friday and Saturday night Havana becomes the meeting point of The Hague.

Personally my favorite day is Sunday, as it is the official Havana Salsa day. With great DJs, lots of space to dance, it is the ultimate place to be on a Sunday, and get the right energy for the
week that is about to begin. It is wonderful to begin with a lovely meal, and move on with a cocktail and some dancing. The classes provided in Havana by Universalsa are very high level and therefore attract many people every Sunday.

Hasta la evoluciĆ³n por siempre!

Until next time..see you all in Havana!

Review by Kelly Stavridaki / 26-06-2013 / rated:3 stars

vrijdag 21 juni 2013

Salsa & Zouk Party - Station / Perron 3a

This Saturday(8th of June), I decided to attend the Salsa and Zouk Party in Haarlem Station  as I wanted  to enjoy a relaxing-salsa and zouk dance Saturday night. I was not disappointed at all, as there are few elements that make this party special:

The beautiful location:

Haarlem Station is a railway station in the Netherlands, located in the city of Haarlem on the Amsterdam–Rotterdam railway, the original train line linking Amsterdam to Zandvoort and Amsterdam to Leiden.It is a monumental place and a wonderful location for parties, with a wooden floor and a warm envinronment.

The music:

In my opinion the music is one of the most important factors in order to have a good time in a party, and those who attended the party on Saturday night, had a blast. The DJs (Andres “el Jefe” in the Salsa room and Zoukkero in the Zouk area) made some excellent choices, with favourite and classic songs that please each and every dancer.

The shows:

The party included two shows,one from La Essencia and a different and a spectacular and sexy Burlesque show. I believe that the Salsa and Zouk audience enjoy seeing different shows and dance styles from time to time, and that is why the choice of the Burlesque show was really successful.

The Schedule of the party:

Another reason for which the party attracts so many people, is it’s nice schedule, and it’s affordable price. With only 5€ entrance for both rooms, you can enjoy two workshops (Salsa Beginners by Tonka & Andre and Zouk beginners from Willem Engel), the shows, and the party. The party starts early (21:00) and finishes early (01.00), so that everyone feels relaxed and happy, and is full of energy to enjoy a beautiful Sunday.

No matter what your dancing style and preferences are, this is a party not to be missed!
Until next time...see you all on the dance-floor!

Review by Kelly Stavridaki / 10-06-2013 / rated: 4 stars

Summerbreeze op het Westergasterras - Amsterdam

Donderdagen bij Summerbreeze zijn al 18 jaar een feestje. Sinds een paar jaar heeft het zijn vaste verblijfplaats op het Westergasterrein gevonden, naast de gasbrander. Bij droog weer is er een buitendansvloer waar je tot 23.00 onder de sterrenhemel kunt genieten van latinklanken. Je kunt ook eerst even een hapje doen op het terras van de Westerliefde.
Vanaf 19:00 draaien er buiten en binnen DJ's Salsa in de Westerunie en buiten en in het restaurant is altijd een ander soort muziek aan de beurt. De ene week Bachata ,soms zelfs Swingbeat en Oldskool beats, dus ook voor hen die niet voor de latin gaan is er in dit seizoen wel iets te doen bij Summerbreeze. Ook Kizomba en Zouk hebben speciale donderdagavonden. Echt voor elk wat wils, en dat zie je ook aan het publiek dat er op afkomt: jong en oud, doorgewinterd en onbekend met latin, alle soorten mensen zijn er samen in een sfeer die je altijd welkom heet. Iedere week een andere gratis workshop en een andere mix muziek.
Traditiegetrouw sluit Summerbreeze het seizoen af met een groot live optreden. Als je precies wilt weten wat het weer doet, en hoe Summerbreeze je per week vermaakt dan kun je het best even op de site www.mysummerbreeze.nl kijken of je aanmelden voor de nieuwsbrief.

Review by Louke Spigt / 25-05-13 / rated: 5 stars

Limburg Salsa Festival

If you didn’t go to Limburg Salsa Festival this year, not only did you miss some great shows and parties but you also missed a great performance by Gabriel GalanPeralta and Joachim! One of the most well organised festivals I have ever been to, with an amazing venue- perfect floor and very well ventilated main room where you could dance for hours. Very high quality shows and workshops for all levels, super-hot photographers and an amusing but warm atmosphere.

The shows:

The festival had some top quality shows from all artists of origins from all over the world. New York, Los Angeles,  Mexico, Israel, Germany, Italy, Greece, France…you name it! Performers, DJs, dancers and artists from all over the world, were joined together to create three spectacular nights. For the fourth time in Limburg, the participants could come and watch amazing performances of World-class Latin dancers, or even…join the competition!! Some amazing shows were given by Adolfo Indacochea and his Latin Soul Dancers, Gaby and Estefy, Alessandro & Philomena, Panayiotis and Mirto, Marco and Samantha,
Estilo Dance, and many others.

The workshops:

As the organisers of Limburg Salsa Congress claim, there were three reasons  why every dancer should attend the workshops of the congress:

> learn

Both experienced or not experienced dancers,  should not  miss out on the amazing opportunities to learn from the world's best Latin dancers. For guys: learn new moves to impress the ladies on the dance floor! For Ladies: pick up amazing body movement techniques and learn how to follow exciting new moves. In this festival you had also the opportunity to learn the newest dance crazes such as Zouk, Bachata & Reggaeton - Tango, Swing & Samba!

> be inspired

Limburg Salsa Congress takes pride in inviting only the most talented and friendliest instructors from all over the world to teach. The workshops represent an opportunity to interact personally with our international instructors, to hear their personal stories and their philosophies on dancing and teaching, something which cannot simply be acquired by watching them dance socially.

> meet dancers from Europe & overseas

The Limburg Salsa Festival is an exciting opportunity to dance with different people. The workshops are a great way to meet new people from overseas. Chances are you'll be able to "try them out" at the workshop and make a mental note of who you want to ask to dance during the socials. You also get to "break the ice" at the workshops instead of spending hours agonizing about how to ask someone to dance during the socials.

The Parties:

Three crazy party nights + one pool party?!?! What more can someone ask for! Lots of party rooms to dance salsa dura, salsa romantica, kizomba, bachata, and reggeaton and lots of dancers from all over the world, all under one roof made the parties a BLAST! In my opinion, another impressive and very inspiring aspect of the party was the opportunity that EVERYONE in the festival had, to be professionally photographed by Mr Khalid Jalli, who has done some amazing work in the field of photography. After the parties, every dancer could attend an after party until 9 'o clock in the morning! The hot pool party  included lots of animation from the world’s most energetic artists.

Khalid Lazar and Naomi Dongelmans , we will all be there next year!!
You can buy your full pass for next year here!

Until next time, see you all another amazing congress!

Review by Kelly Stavridaki / 25-04-2013 / rated: 5 stars