General Dance Discussion > So ... how was your dance weekend?

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  1. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    Although I had a frustrating start, the weekend turned out great :D !

    Finally, after mths of talking, my new practice partner & I got together for our little self-help practice sessions. We worked through some of the materials he brought back from Cuba........inte/advanced casino moves.

    We had so much fun for both Sat & Sun afternoons. Very satisfying experience to learn with a good lead who shares your goal 8) .

    Then Sat night was surprisingly good.....especially when I was feeling so deprived from the night before, AND well-warmed up from the afternoon :wink: . It was also a catch-up session, as many people I havn't seen for a while all decided to turn up :D !

    Sunday night was always good, even if my fav leads are not always there. I had a few dances with wild leads & actually did a pretty decent "Juan Pachanga" with SideShow Bob :shock: :D ......!

    This week's dancing shall begin again :wink: .......
     
  2. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure whether I hope you get that job you're considering or not. It sounds like you're having such a blast working freelance and having all that flexibility. 8)
     
  3. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    My thoughts exactly, Jenn. 'Tis why I havn't been trying too hard for the last couple of years. My agent is yet to call me back, so we will see.

    These days I'm seeing life as a dance. I'm open to be lead........by destiny.
     
  4. squirrel

    squirrel New Member

    Salsachinita... :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed... :)
     
  5. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    Had a good night of dancing last night (Friday). The live band wasn't really all it was cracked up to be (and a song should never last half an hour :evil:), but I had lovely dances with one of my favourite leaders, did rather well with two leaders I usually have problems getting good connection with, and had lots of fun with people I'd never danced before. I love playful leaders who respond to what I do. :D I had a permanent grin on my face the whole night.
     
  6. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    Just came back from a fantastic night 8) . I was on........!

    Eventhough I had pulled a muscle on my shoulder earlier in the week, I was dancing close to my best tonight (and I wasn't even going to go out tonight)!

    Then we hung out in the street a bit catching up with everybody in the 'brotherhood', then went for coffee/pizza where we caught up with the rest. Alex from Lady Salsa just came back from Cuba, now working with some of the best dancers doing a new show. Can't wait to see it!

    It's strange, I've had little luck with Sat nights for as long as I can remember. All of a sudden, my best nights are two Satuardays in a row :? .....go figure.

    More dancing/haning out tomorrow. What can I say? Sundays rock 8) .
     
  7. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    Just came back from a fantastic night 8) . I was on........!

    Eventhough I had pulled a muscle on my shoulder earlier in the week, I was dancing close to my best tonight (and I wasn't even going to go out tonight)!

    Then we hung out in the street a bit catching up with everybody in the 'brotherhood', then went for coffee/pizza where we caught up with the rest. Alex from Lady Salsa just came back from Cuba, now working with some of the best dancers doing a new show. Can't wait to see it!

    It's strange, I've had little luck with Sat nights for as long as I can remember. All of a sudden, my best nights are two Satuardays in a row :? .....go figure.

    More dancing/hanging out tomorrow. What can I say? Sundays rock 8) .
     
  8. Tasek

    Tasek New Member

    Bloody football :( (for you non-euros, the european championship is being played atm)

    There's an open air festival in town this weekend and last night there was a good salsa band playing, supposed to be starting at nine, however since the dutch team lucked their way into the quarterfinal, the performance was pushed back till after the game, got there shortly before the end of regular playing time, but ofcourse it was a tie, so had to spend an hour there, surrounded by football fans, waiting for the extra period to end, and then for the match to be decided by penalties.

    Fortunately the band was good, got in a couple of very good dances, did enjoy myself, but still too bad that if it hadn't been for that game, the band would have played longer, they still had to stop at the same time (permits and such)
     
  9. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    Tasek, I feel for you. Scotland's not even in it but nights when football is on are still quieter than normal, with a noticeable shortage of men. (I'm backing the Dutch, by the way. It will be good to see them do well after they knocked us out in spectacular style... :twisted:)
     
  10. Kali Ma

    Kali Ma New Member

    Oh, yeah! My sympathies as well, Tasek... You're right, MacMoto, the last two weeks have been incredibly lead-poor. Went out last Thursday, and the man-to-woman ratio was about 1 to 6. I finally had a good one last night; friends and I went to an open-air event with live music (Salsa Loca from Denmark), and the balance of the universe was restored (Germany's out of the running, so...!). I must've danced about five hours straight...nothing like a little salsa deprivation to get ya goin!
     
  11. Tasek

    Tasek New Member

    Hmm, haven't really noticed that effect over here, maybe the dutch salseros aren't often also football fans, wouldn't have minded having relatively more girls available, that way I could actually start liking the football hype
     
  12. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    I'd had such a fabulous weekend, that I've completely forgotten about Robert Charlemagne's workshop on Sunday :shock: !

    Side Show Bob (fr UK) is a personal friend of his. He reminded me last night at the end of the night..........just as well I never booked or paid.

    That said, I was having way too much fun to care :wink: !

    It's just that I totally scewed up Robert's leads last time he visited, I'd just like to see how I would go now. Just to satisfy my curiosity, really :? .
     
  13. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    Robert's coming to Scotland to teach at our Summer Ball! :banana: :banana: :banana:
    I've bought my ticket so no way I'm gonna miss it. The workshop's supposed to be improvers/intermediate level -- I hope I can keep up.
     
  14. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    I've never heard of this either!! :?
     
  15. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    Well, it was a long week for me, with the Cuban legends from "Bar at Buena Vista" show in town!

    Wed night it all started. Alejandro (from Lady Salsa) is now working with some of the best dancers in a new dance troup called "Katumba". They were doing a show at our regular salsa/R&B club, with special guests from the Buena Vista group.

    I got to dance with some of the most respected including Eric Turro (a trophy, as well as a treasure dance :D !). This guy is amazing. It's also the first time he's been performing out of Cuba :D !

    Thursday night got even better. The otherwise crowded floor of our favourite club is cleared simply because we wanted to see the masters at play! They did an amaziing rueda........so tight & vibrant!!!!!!

    Friday night I was attending a gig from a Sydney group. The Buena Vista guests were at another event. My night started slow but ended with a few great numbers.

    Saturday was good at our regular spot, if a little too crowded :roll: ...... for some reasons unknown all of the people with really bad floorcraft were there :x .......ouch! Once again the Buena Vista people were too tired after the show, so none of the promised 'guest appearance' actually took place :roll: !

    That said, I went to see the show & I have one word: "Wow!" :notworth:

    My Sunday night brought on this thread: http://www.dance-forums.com/viewtopic.php?t=4373

    Afterwards, I took Carlos Gonzales (one of the legends from Buena Vista) to our regular descarga, where he received a truly warm welcome from all my musician/dancer friends :D . He was very impressed with the band :banana: !

    MadamSamba caught up with us there too 8) !

    Now that we've had such a great weekend, this coming one is going to seem dull no matter what :roll: ..........
     
  16. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    Great time Friday night at the Social Dance mix, with Latin being the predominant dance towards the end. While it does not compare to SC's dances just having someone come running to you and asking for a dance is a great reward in itself!! :D

    Saturday quiet night at home...mass on Sunday you know... :(

    Sunday night djing a milonga. Djing went well after a shakey start with a mini-confrontation. Someone was explaining to me that you don't play a milonga and a tango in the same tanda!!! Anyway, he was in a cranky mood and his wife told him that it was a tango, albeitedly a fast tango. After all it was the start of the evening! :shock: His mood improved later on. Anyway the night improved for me as it progressed and many people thanked me for djing and so that was good.

    I found out something interesting...I might have mentioned this before... there is great cross-fertilization between AT and salsa. :D There is just something about the two dance styles that make them fit well. So all you salseros/as out there try AT, and all you tangueros/as should check out salsa!
     
  17. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    I flew to London late Friday afternoon. My flight was delayed (all planes from Heathrow were grounded due to thunder storms), so I missed most of the open-air festival part of Latin Splash, although I did manage to get almost an hour's worth of dancing in the salsa tent. I then met up with Templeria and her friends and went to the after party with them (thanks Templeria, for a fun night :D). I was going to leave around 1am but ended up staying until well after 3. At least I managed to get a good dance fix. There was one guy in particular with whom I connected instantly, who really made my night :D (see http://www.dance-forums.com/viewtopic.php?p=63449#63449 ). I think I danced 5-6 songs with him altogether (and I didn't have to ask!). Some other good dances too (despite the sticky floor killing my spins), some with guys I had met at SalsaMed. There were show breaks at the party, during which we were treated to performances by Frankie Martinez and Johnny Vasquez among others. Johnny also sang (no trophy dances but at least I can brag about dancing to Johnny Vasquez's live singing :lol:).

    On Saturday I went to a salsa club in Soho with another girl from Scotland who was attending the same training course (the main purpose (supposedly :lol:) of my being in London), who used to dance salsa. The club was a touristy sort of place with not very many dancers (certainly not really good ones), but that was probably just as well considering the tiny dancefloor. Stayed there for about 2 hours and danced more or less non-stop. Not much to be said about the quality of dancing, but it was nice to be in demand 8). My companion also had a good time, and I'm hoping that she will join me on Friday at my favourite monthly in Edinburgh.
     
  18. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Oh. It sounds like you are having such a BLAST! Definitely 23 pounds worth. :D
     
  19. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    Not sure about 23 pounds' worth (a Scot speaking here :lol:) but yes, it was a good weekend.
     
  20. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    :lol: :lol: Understood. One must have value for one's money. Absolutely! :wink: :lol:
     
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