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Question Every Dance Festival You Attend

These are some questions you should be ask yourself before attending any dance festival:

  1. What’s the lineup like? Are they bringing local or international instructors?

  2. Is it the event in one location or multiple locations? How is transit/parking?

  3. Who’s DJing and how much experience do they have?

  4. What is the sound system like? Do they have monitor speakers?

  5. Is there an ambiance/atmosphere/theme in the main room? (lighting/decor/vibe)

  6. What’s the floor like?

  7. What’s the hotel/venue like?

  8. Who’s attending the festival? Is it all local dancers or more national/international?

  9. How much does the full pass cost? Is it worth it for the artists, DJs, and overall experience?

  10. Are there shows? How many shows are there each night? Do they have shows every night? Do the shows run late cutting into social dancing?

  11. What’s the overall vibe/energy of the festival like? Are people stuck in team clicks or are there solo dancers trying to make new friends?

  12. What’s the promoter’s reputation like?

  13. What kind of online presence do they have? Do they communicate via FB/IG with dancers in regards to concerns and last minute updates or changes?

  14. Are there other activities that we could do outside of the dance event?

  15. Is the festival the same every year? (same talent, same dancers) Are they trying to do something different each year to improve the dancer’s experience?

  16. How much time do you really have social dancing?

  17. Why are you attending the event? Is it for the workshops, shows, social dancing, or jack & jill?

  18. Is the festival primarily a showcase/performance, competitive (jack & jill), workshop, or social dancing (marathon), or vacation type festival?

  19. Does the festival offer multiple rooms with different dance genres or focus on one specific style of dance?

These are just a few questions, there are MANY more you could ask yourself.

Let’s improve the overall dance scene by raising the bar. With so many festivals in today’s world, the quality has gone down, and many festivals feel the same.

Being aware of the different types of festivals, congresses, weekenders, and events will help you become a better consumer in the dance world.

Everyone attends events for different reasons. There will always be unhappy or dissatisfied attendees. However, being aware and investing in events that improve overall scenes is something that we should all strive for. Quality over quantity is the name of the game. Hope everyone is having an awesome summer!

Brazilian Zouk in Singapore

We are excited to be filming the 1st Zouk festival in Singapore. Hosted by Cheryl Qiao Rou, this year’s all-star lineup includes: William & Paloma, Arthur & Layssa, Rick & Larissa, and the one and only DJ Kakah.

Last time we were in Asia we were also in Singapore and filmed the 2018 Singapore Bachata Weekend. Zouk Sensation will be held at the same venue which makes things easier for us since we know the space, layout, and lighting. There is nice hotel conveniently located right across the street. We are thrilled to be back in Asia in early 2019, we hope to see you there!

You can purchase passes on the Zouk Sensation Website.

Los Angeles Zouk Festival 2019

We were first introduced to Brazilian Zouk and Kizomba at the 2015 LA Zouk Festival. Our world has never been the same since. Hosted by Shani Mayer and Christian Whitecloud - the LA Zouk Festival is conveniently located at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. This is the premier festival that brings hundreds of dancers together from all over the US and Canada. It’s truly a dance reunion like no other.

Get your 2019 passes HERE!

See what we filmed at the 2017 Los Angeles Zouk Festival

Check out a few of the demos that we filmed on Friday at the 2018 LA Zouk Festival.

2018 DC Zouk Festival

It's not often that I get to travel for pleasure, but this weekend was the exception.  As an avid bachata, kizomba, and brazilian zouk dancer- I was really looking forward to dancing all three dances throughout the weekend.  

Most festivals that specialize in one dance have a variety of rooms for specific sub-genres of music.  For example: A Kizomba festival will have a Kizomba room and an Urban Kiz Room.   A Zouk festival will have a Neo Zouk room and a Lamba Zouk room.

Typically, festivals that try to cater to all styles of dance usually end up with one or two rooms being full/packed(usually salsa and bachata), and the remaining rooms(kizomba/brazilian zouk) are usually empty and have very few people dancing.  

The DC Zouk Festival is the only festival that I've attended where all three rooms were full/somewhat full and had decent energy.  I was able to dance all three styles and feel good in each room.  Some people came just for one specific style of dance, others like myself came for two or three different styles.  

I'm not one to take workshops, participate in jack and jills, or watch shows- I strictly social dance.  Therefore, I can't comment on the quality of the workshops or shows at this festival.  From a social dance perspective, this festival was exactly what I was looking for.  Sure, the rooms could've been a bit bigger with more dance floor and AC.  However, the sound systems and DJs were good and provided a comfortable environment where I could dance kizomba, bachata, and brazilian zouk.

DJ Emerzive and DJ Soltrix played some banger sets with high-energy tracks.  I really enjoyed the bachata room more so than the other rooms.  The zouk room was too crowded and hot.  The kizomba room had it's moments throughout the weekend and the DJs were also laying down some solid sets.

Here's almost 20 minutes from DJ Emerzive's set on Saturday:

Cheers to Sami for a great festival!

 

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!!