It’s still very difficult to describe such a successful event as the ‘Sydney Bachata Festival 08.’ Who knew that due to the unanticipated demand of the many Bachateros in NSW that the initial one night of festivities, performances and a couple of workshops, turned into 1 amazing Welcoming Party, an ENTIRE day of workshops with International Instructors from all over the world, and an unforgettable Closing Night of colourful performances and dancing.
The organisers of the Bachata Festival are well known personalities in the Sydney Salsa & Latin scene. Collaborating together, it is no wonder that the event was such a triumph, especially with the likes of Nestor Manuelian & Lidia McMahon (Modus Vivendi Salsa Productions), Sky Blue & Coco (Picante Latin Dance) and also Juan ‘El Bachatero’ Ruiz.
The Welcoming party itself was an incredible night of workshops & performances. Due to the popularity of the event it was not hard to fill the two dance floors to maximum capacity. The following day, Bachateros could be found making their way to Randwick Labor Club for 14 workshops from the many Australian Bachata instructors as well as International instructors like Anup Thomas from India, Riki & Nikal from New Zealand and also well known Rodney ‘Rodchata’ Aquino from San Francisco. All workshops were full of die hard Bachateros wanting to learn Bachata musicality, body movement & fresh turn patterns.
What was good:
- There was a great selection of music, the DJ’s played a perfectly blended mix of Bachata, Salsa, Zouk & Kizomba which was good too see as a lot of Bachateros also dance the other styles. This kept the dance floors full and everyone thoroughly entertained.
- A wide range of workshops in the fundamentals of Bachata. All the instructors were influential individuals of the Latin community so it was great to see them working together at this event.
- The registration process to the Bachata festival ran smoothly and professionally with event staff constantly on hand to help out.
What could be improved:
- One of the workshop rooms was too small for the amount of people attending the class, so it hard to connect with the instructors.
On the whole, the Bachata Festival was a big hit and success! Let’s see what the organisers have got up their sleeve for the ‘Sydney Bachata Festival 09.’