Craig N. Dolder, Ph. D. Acoustics

Day 26, Hispanic-Latin American Festival Melbourne, Australia (Saturday)

This is a single day post for the Hispanic-Latin American Festival I attended in Melbourne on the 15th of November, 2014. Yes I know I’m pretty for behind. I was actually tipped off about the festival by Woutijn’s flat mates and am glad I heard about it. To start off they had blocked off about four blocks of a street with a stage at either end, one of which was a specifically Cuban stage.

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The dance lesson schedule was impressive:

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Bachata
1.00 pm – 1.30 pm Cha Cha
1.30 pm – 2.00 pm Kizomba
2.00 pm – 2.30 pm Salsa
2.30 pm – 3.30 pm Rueda de Casino
3.30 pm – 4.00 pm Reggaeton
4.00 pm – 4.30 pm Cuban Salsa
4.30 pm – 5.00 pm Zumba
5.00 pm – 5.30 pm Cuban Shines

 

All of the Cuban style teaching was done by Buena Vista Turro Martinez International Cuban dance company (Webstie, Facebook). Looking back I don’t think they stuck to the schedule at all because they taught a Salsa lesson followed by a Son Lesson. I’m guessing the Son lesson replaced the Rueda de Casino lesson, though ruedas were called. I was very impressed by his teaching style. He was able to teach complete beginners the salsa basics while giving tips that more experienced dancers would find useful. There was also the full compliment of food for the occasion, including a dozen varieties of paella, plenty of churros, and multiple sangria vendors. I was wise enough to pay the extra $0.50 for sangria from one of the proper restaurants rather than from one of the street carts. I’m certain there was a huge difference in quality. Unfortunately it is hard to take pictures while dancing, and I was mostly dancing. Fortunately I can share these photos others took and posted of Facebook.

 

After half way through the event I went to pick up my jacket and got searing pain along both sides of my left knee cap. It only hurt when my knee was bent significantly so I was able to keep dancing, but my energy drained pretty quickly. After about four hours after I got there it started to rain and I started limping home. My knee was very sensitive for a few days but slowly got better. It is now over a month since then and I can still feel a tinge of pain on occasions, but generally I’m fine. To end the post on a high note, here is a video of one of the Son demonstrations.

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