Sydney Latin Dance Festival
Phoenix Belly Dance
Wow! Wow! Wow! The 9 dancers arrived in Sydney on Thursday night. We arrived late, tired yet excited. After a day of shopping, sight-seeing and workshops we got dressed up to go and watch the opening show of the Sydney Latin Dance Festival. WOW! International dancers, champion dancers and students made up an exciting and exhilarating show. Dancers were twisted, pulled and thrown into wondeful poses and moves. Seeing the other performers and their standards of course made me excited (to be part of such a show) and ever so slightly nervous (what if I mess up!) but ultimately I couldn't wait to get up there and show them what we have.
Saturday was spent preparing, rehearsing and more preparing. When getting ready for a full show such as this one it is even more important to ensure that your har and makeup is absolutely perfect and prepared for the bleaching lights, hot temperatures and over enthusiastic movements! So much time was spent preparing and ensuring that I was ready for it.
The tech/dress rehearsal was at 4.30pm and all went well. Unfortunately we didn't have much time for touchups before we were back on stage opening the show for the fantastic performers that were to follow. This was due to a rather unfortunate eating issue that I shall not go into here ;) This left little time for mental preparation for going onto the stage. There are pros and cons for this. Pros being no time to get nervous cons being no time to get your head into the right space to feel you can perfom your best. However, luckily, all was fine and we got out there and really showed themwhat we've got!
And what we've got consists of a stunning array of silk, latin fusions, smooth moves and hair flicking! Want to see it? Check out Nina Gastreich's page where you will find photographs of the event.
However, here is another stunning photo to get you interested...