Congress/Festival Reviews

Discussion in 'Just Dance' started by Offbeat, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. terence

    terence Maestro 'Descarga' Cachao

    I agree. .it's called "experience " !
  2. UchimaSalsa

    UchimaSalsa Son Montuno

    I skept it this year as I din't consider it as in my top list and want to discover other festivals. It seems that it was a good decision.
    For the floor I think I read a blog or facebook post where the organizer was explaining that the wooden floor thing will not happen. It's too expensive to have a good one apparently and the shape of the room would mean loosing a lot of dancing surface.
    I found the "kizomba" was good last year with a good mix for every taste: kizomba, semba, electronic, guetto zouk, fast , slow... I also have some echo of other festivals in Germany and it seems that they love electronic kizomba and urban kizz as a dance. Germany love electronic music in general so I'm not surprised that it apply to kizomba as well.
    What I remember also is the huge number of women sitting in the arena waiting for a partner: paradise for men. The ratio was better in salsa.
    Did they play any Cuban music (or allowed the Dj's to play some)? I missed it a lot last year especially considering that they give cuban workshops.
    For that follow attitude is that a new trend such a behavior? I've heard the same story many times recently and so it and experienced it myself in Croatia this. Asking (politely of course) and not even a look or an no as an answer.
    The atmosphere and people friendliness is one of the thing that made me love the scene at the beginning. This diva, princess thing is ridiculous. I wonder if ladies also observe the same kind of attitude from some men. Anyway so far that's just a minority of people.
  3. Tomm

    Tomm Sonero

    Yes they played some modern Cuban songs , but the problem is finding a dance partner to dance casino...
  4. Aurel

    Aurel Sonero

    Well, this year was kizomba ridiculously bad (can not compare with previous years). I myself dance mostly traditional, so no wonder that I didn't like it, but some of my friends who are urban dancers (follows) were there and were quite critical regarding the music. It was really boring, each song sounding completely the same. Sometimes the DJs played something with actual melody or singing, but only little (or maybe I just missed all the better music parts while dancing salsa). And it was quite loud, would not go there without earplugs.

    I can confirm that the women:men ratio in kizomba was really follow-heavy. And I would also like to mention that they definitely have a type - slim, fit, long dark hair + black/red dress code so lots of small black dresses - so if that is your type (apparently it is for me ;)) and you dare to suffer through the horrible music, it's really a paradise for a guy.
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  5. Offbeat

    Offbeat Maestro 'El Diferente' Canales

    It was beyond bad! It was horrible, almost a torture to dance to it. Only time I danced was when a lady asked me. Otherwise I didn’t feel like dancing to any of the music. I kept wondering how others were dancing to the some of the music I heard. I didn’t think the level of kizomba dancing was anything great.
  6. Offbeat

    Offbeat Maestro 'El Diferente' Canales

    Yes they played some Cuban sounding songs. But those were few. There was one day who was requesting to dance Cuban in the foyer that I can read remember. I saw only handful guys dancing Cuban.
  7. Offbeat

    Offbeat Maestro 'El Diferente' Canales

    It is understandable that some floor can’t be cover and there are always people willing to dance on concrete. Can’t say how expensive will it be in big scheme of things.

    Not a new trend. I file it under exception. I never seen anything like that happen to anyone. That follower didn’t seem like diva or princess. She seemed friendly to others.
  8. SnowDancer

    SnowDancer Clave Commander

    I got a few rejections over the weekend, and they were always with a small head-shake or 'no'. Guess I should feel good about that. :)
    I did get the feeling that many of the women who accepted were really dubious at first, then smiled once the dance started. I wondered if it was because I'm much older than most of the guys there. It seemed to be a much younger and less diverse crowd than Paris, where there were a lot of decent middle-age women I could dance with.

    Overall, I've found that European dancers are more polite than the ones at American congresses, who are more likely to tell me they're tired, then immediately dance with someone else. Or accept and cop an attitude.
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  9. terence

    terence Maestro 'Descarga' Cachao

    Welcome to my world, however, it depends upon the clubs location/city .
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