Dance is a not only a universal language but it is also one of the best ways to stay centered, calmed and relieved during these incredibly difficult times. It not only builds support for your immune system because of all the exercise exerted but it is also great for your mental well being. Nothing takes your mind off things like a good Salsa, Cumbia, Bachata, Rumba or Tango with your partner or by yourself. Line dance with your family or a few friends. Country and Western, Folklorico, Ballroom dance is lots of fun as well. Whatever type of dance you enjoy now is a good time to practice it. If you don’t dance, no better time than the present to learn how. Don’t just think about it, do it!
“Dance, Dance, Dance like there’s no tomorrow,” “Baila, Baila, Baila como se no huviera un mañana” That’s the last thing my mother said to me before she passed away a few years ago said Maria Moreno to Latin Life Denver this morning. “And now more than ever it is with that attitude that I live my life,” she said. That’s an attitude I think we can all live with.
Speaking of dance here’s a look back at some incredible dancers from the 4th Annual Denver Salsa & Bachata Congress & Dance Festival held in October 2016. (see videos and 3 photo galleries below)
The word Congress may be misleading when it comes to what really amounts to a celebration that highlights the beauty, creativity, and culture of Latin dance and music with featured performing artists and musical artists. These salsa & bachata dance congresses are held throughout the world including Canada, Europe, South & Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and in U.S. in cites like Las Vegas, Miami, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Latin Life Denver was proud to be the exclusive media sponsor for this year’s 4th Annual Salsa & Bachata Congress held at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel held earlier this month.
Day 2 of “Strange times, Good Times & Great Times To Come” See Day One HERE (Denver’s first & only “Soul Food Festival”)
Video by Latin Life Denver Media
Among the definitions of the word congress is “An association, especially one consisting of other associations or representatives of interest groups” and that’s just what the 4th Annual Salsa & Bachata Congress was. The festival brought together more than 600 dancers from around the world for three days of non-stop shows, 40 hours of workshops and several dance parties that went on till five and six in the morning. This year’s congress included 25 instructors, international DJs, a live concert and dance with the Son Mayor Band from Los Angeles, more than 70 performers, separate dedicated ballrooms for Salsa, Bachata, and Zook/Kizomba.
Organizer and local dance instructor Joseph Snowhawk acknowledged that the word “congress” does throw some people off but that is the term that is used for these dance festivals. Snowhawk said he was pleased to see the salsa & bachata congress continue to grow in popularity in Denver. “We had to move it to a larger venue this year to accommodate everyone who wanted to take part. There was so much fun, excitement, entertainment and learning over the three days that it was incredible to witness” he said.
Photos & article by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media…
Day 3, October, 9, 2016
Day 2, October 8, 2016
<strong>Day 1, October 7, 2016</strong>