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Latin Weekender – Pune Edition
Our first step into revolutionising Latin dancing in India!
The concept of Latin Weekender came into existence over a Facebook chat with our colleagues in the Salsa industry, Vineeth, Sovit and Satyaki. The idea was to provide a platform to students to learn the required techniques for various Latin styles going beyond just steps, providing knowledge of concepts enabling students to research further, introduce students to music of international standard and most importantly, make them fall in love with social dancing. There are extremely talented dancers and teachers in India who we thought should share their knowledge and do what they are best at.
The weekender was clubbed with the official launch of Latin Dreamers Dance Project, an initiative founded by Bhavin Shukla and Soonruta Kothadia. We decided we wanted only a limited number of students this time to make the learning count. We thought students should be able to interact with the trainers in terms of better learning and understanding. It worked like magic.
We saw so many ‘firsts’ in this event. There were some topics that were introduced to Pune for the very first time. We first chose topics that needed to be addressed and then invited the expert panel for their respective specialty that included Vineeth, Sovit, Satyaki, Sahiba, Sahzeb, Ranjani, Bhavin and Soonruta. We had topics ranging from Salsa, Mambo, Bachata Urbana, Bachata Dominicana, Bachata Rueda, Kizomba, Ladies and Men Styling, Reggaeton, Spin Technique, Body realisation and stretching technique and more. For the first time, we had the panel and all the students in an open QnA session that gave a lot insight to the students.
The socials on both nights were undoubtedly two of the best socials Pune has ever seen in terms of music, the level of dancing and togetherness in the Salsa community. People kept dancing until we stopped the music realising we are way past midnight!
We have seen students grow, research and become eager to learn more as an immediate impact of this event and we can proudly say, “Mission accomplished!”
Written by –
Founder / Principal Instructor
Latin Dreamers Dance Project