FESTIVAL FLAVOUR: Latin dance is coming to the Whitsundays. Dancers Luke Jorgensen and Jane Streeter from Latin Madness practise their moves. Photo: Angela Kay
FESTIVAL FLAVOUR: Latin dance is coming to the Whitsundays. Dancers Luke Jorgensen and Jane Streeter from Latin Madness practise their moves. Photo: Angela Kay Contributed

Latin dance by the sea

SEXY Latin vibes are coming to the Whitsundays.

Lovers of the smooth moves and sensual music will converge on Daydream Island later this month for three days and two nights of the Whitsunday Latin Festival.

"You've got no stress in your life when you're dancing," festival organiser and Latin Madness president Jane Streeter laughed.

Usually held in November, Ms Streeter said this year's event had been pushed forward to take advantage of the cooler weather.

She said people from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane had already registered for the event.

All attendees will be treated to workshops covering three different Latin dance styles, as well as professional performances and a glow in the dark themed party.

Ms Streeter said the Australian Latin dance community was like a very close knit family, regardless of whether dancers were strangers or friends.

"You feel like you become part of the group very quickly," she said, adding its popularity has increased because it was fun, social and through it people forged strong friendships.

"It's a dance where women can be very feminine, while the men remain quite masculine and strong," she said.

"I love being able to express myself on the dance floor and not just at home while I'm vacuuming."

Prior to this year's festival there will also be intensive salsa classes held over the three days of May 26 to 28.

Through funding by Arts Queensland and Whitsunday Regional Council champion salsa dancer Pascale "Salsette" Dernocoure will be brought to the region.

Ms Dernocoure will teach the foundations of salsa through to more complex sequences.

The total cost for the three classes is $60 and these will be held from 7.30- 9.30pm at the Fitness Venue "old church" in Cannonvale.

For more information visit http://www.whitlatinfestival.com.

Latin Fever

 Whitsunday Latin Festival

 Held from May 26 to 31 at the Whitsundays

 May 29 to 31 will be held on Daydream Island

 May 26 to 28 will include specialist salsa classes in Cannonvale

whitlatinfestival.com


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