bachata festival

Daniel and Desirée | Bachata Sensual Demo

I filmed this demo of this amazing couple a little over a year ago at the 2015 Seattle Salsa Congress.  Currently, of all my videos, this has the most views with a little over 500k views.

When I create a video, it's not my goal to get as many shares or views as possible.  I just want to create the best possible video I can.  This demo will definitely go down in the books.  The large, well-lit ballroom with the dancers on the opposite side created a well-composed background.  Daniel walks into the circle with confidence and Desirée looks stunning as usual.  

I personally don't enjoy bachata sensual patterns that much.  They don't feel natural and I feel if led incorrectly, I could strain the dance or hurt my partner.  However, I feel like this is the power couple when it comes to Bachata Sensual.  They sell it, and they sell it well.  They both have amazing style, eloquence, and above all- an incredible connection.  As you can see in the demo below, they match their style and dance patterns to the song and musicality perfectly.  

When dancing bachata, I try and incorporate what I learned in Brazilian Zouk.  Not the "zoukchata" or zouk turn patterns, but more the connection and subtle lead, body movements, and musicality options(hard to describe, lol).   I truly love bachata music and I think as long as good music is being produced, bachata will be on the top my list as my favorite social dance.  

Zouk Me San Francisco 2016

This was Zouk Me SF's first event.  I was glad to be a part of a new festival and help promote what unfolded online for the world to see.  The power of the internet is incredible.  Posting videos as the event unfolds is an extremely powerful way to reach audiences in a new way.  

I believe in real-time marketing.  People that were on the border of going to the event, may still have a chance to attend an event later in the weekend after watching the video.  Unfortunately, for people out of state/country, they would need to attend the following year.  Either way, they see what's happening live and want to or wish they could've gone.  This type of emotion is what we strive for. 

The event was full of energy.  We had a group of very talented brazilian zouk artists from all over the world.  Logistically, it was a bit difficult for us since we had a lot of equipment to lug around.   I think 2017 will yield a new location for events, workshops, and socials making it more convenient for everyone.

The highlight of the event was definitely the flash mob at Union Square in the heart of downtown San Francisco.  Many people waited for the show to start.  Many asked us what we were dancing and why were there.  Before the choreo, we were social dancing to a merengue song when suddenly a chef walking by started dancing.  Then a guy in a wheel chair joined in on the fun too.  Sure, he couldn't dance, but he was bobbing his head and smiling from ear to ear.  I love when when random people join in on the fun, all for the love of music and dance.  No conversation is needed, just movement and smiles.

We provided demo coverage, next-day edits, and a full recap/after movie of the event.  All videos were uploaded directly to Zouk Me SF's Facebook and Youtube pages.