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Thank you 2017 latin-dance festivals!

2017 was an incredibly busy year for us.  We filmed over 15 Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Brazilian Zouk dance festivals and congresses.  We were exposed to many different promoters, locations, cities, countries, personalities, dancers, and artists.  We learned a lot about how different festivals are organized and ran.

Like with anything in life, one needs to have balance.  Filmed festivals every weekend will inevitabley burn someone out.  We tried our best to keep a good balance of local gigs, travel, and dance gigs.  Unfortunately, there were months where we filmed several dance festivals consecutively.  

With all the experience we got in 2017, 2018 looks brighter than ever.  We have new clients on the horizon and are super excited to continue working with with our favorite festivals.  It's not easy traveling with expensive equipment and filming/editing a 3-5 day festival non-stop.  There are times where we need to take a step back and take a break.  

Bachatea - Madrid
Amsterdam ZNL Zouk Festival - Amsterdam
Bachata French Kiss - Troyes
WestZoukTIME - Bruno
L.A Zouk Festival - Long Beach
Official - Prague Zouk Congress - Prague
Montreal Salsa Convention - Montreal
Zouk Me Summer Fest - San Francisco
Los Angeles BKS Festival - Orange County
Kizomba Luxembourg - Luxembourg
MiamiBeach KizombaFestival - Miami
Zoukadise - Puerto Vallarta
Montreal Is Kizomba - Montreal
Dutch International Zouk Congress - Breda
Hawaii Zouk Festival - Honolulu
Kizomba Harmony African Dance Experience - Cancun

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We don't try and work with every festival.  Rather, we focus on relationships with good promoters that are fair, honest, and try to do what's best for their respective dance community and push it in the right direction.  A big thanks to all of those promoters that we've worked with, and that we continue to work with in the future - you know who you are!!

 

Bachata French Kiss 2017 | France

It was my second night in Paris and I decided to go out to a Bachata social.  What did I find?  Bachata Sensual is definitely on the rise.  One room was packed with dancers while the other room was completely empty.  That other room?   Good guess,  it was the Dominican room.

It's good to see Samy El Magico keeping Dominican bachata alive in France.  While it's not the norm, it should definitely be available and respected.  The festival is also centered around this respect.  Samy brought an eclectic mix of bachata artists that dance all different styles.  

I really enjoyed the music throughout the festival.  The bachata DJs played a good mix of Dominican, Traditional, and Urban.  They also had a separate Kizomba and Salsa room.

The thing that stood out for me the most at this festival was the location.  Situated two hours East of Paris, the festival was held in the beautiful city of Troyes.  The city has flavor, taste, and history.  The buildings show age and tell a story.  I was able to fly my drone around the city for a few minutes until the police stopped me.

20 minutes outside of the city is a number of champagne/wine vineyards.  Unfortunately, we weren't about to go champagne touring(we'll have to save this for next year).  Samy has big plans for 2018 and we are excited to return to film another amazing festival!

Miami Beach Kizomba Festival

This is the festival that started it all almost three years ago.  MBKF or Miami Beach Kizomba Festival reached out to me inquiring about my video services.   I hadn't worked with them previously, and this was the first time I would be providing full video content for a client - demos, next-day recaps, and an aftermovie/full recap.

I remember my first year filming the festival and not knowing much about Kizomba or the different variations of Kizomba.  Today, Kizomba is one of my favorite dances, and I have built many friendships at this festival of the last few years.

The great thing about this is festival is that people travel from all over the world to attend.  Miami is conveniently located and attracts many people from the East Coast and across the Atlantic. 

As far as the festival experience goes, MBKF is one the best in the US, if not the best.  The sound system, stage, lighting, floors, organization, location, hotel - is all quality.  Every night there is a different theme, which creates a different mood/atmosphere in the room.  The after parties always go to the beach where watching the sunrise while dancing Kizomba has become the norm.  Good things always come from good people.  The team that runs MBKF truly love the dance and community.  They want to improve their congress every year which makes my job as a videographer more exciting than ever.  This year, I plan to do some creative behind the scenes type videos and definitely use the drone a whole lot more during the pool parties.

See you in Miami :)

2016 Festival Recap

I'm extremely happy with the amount of festivals I filmed in 2016.  I try to create videos that reflect the vibe and energy at each festival.  Every festival has its challenges and I try my best to adapt to those challenges and produce a video that reflects the dancer's experience at that festival.  Below is a list of festivals that I filmed in 2016.

Brazouka - Porto Seguro, Brazil - 1 2

Beautiful Zouk - Sao Paulo, Brazil - 1 2

Zouk Fest UK - London, England - 1 2 3

Mambo City 5-Star Congress - London, England - 1 2

Exalta Afro Festival International - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 1

Zouk Me Summer Fest - San Francisco, California - 1 2 3 4

Miami Beach Kizomba Festival 2017- Miami, Florida - 1 2 3 4 5

Los Angeles BKS Festival - LA, California - 1 2 3 4

Montreal Is Kizomba 2017 (Kizomba Sem Limite)- Montreal, Canada - 1 2 3

KHADE (Kizomba is Harmony African Dance Experience) - Cancun, Mexico - 1