Canberra's Latin dancers ready for festival
Rehearsing their moves at the Salsabor dance studio, Civic. Surrounded by other dancers is Becky Fleming. Photo: Graham Tidy
It's only the second year of the Canberra Latin Dance Festival, but organisers say it's set to be the brightest and glitziest spectacle yet.
The festival was launched by Ecuadorean sisters Andrea Paez-Warner and Raquel Paez Ricciardo, who say the Latin dance community has grown in Canberra over the last five years.
Experienced dancers, families and beginners are invited to celebrate Latin culture over three days in October by taking part in workshops and themed parties to celebrate Canberra's centenary.
The festival also features performances by local and international guests such as Melissa Rosado, “The Mambo Princess”, and traditional dances from Brazil and other Latin countries introduced by their ambassadors to Australia.
The start of a preview even on Tuesday was briefly stalled as the girls made last-minute costume fixes with hot glue guns and contorted through doorways to fit their massive bright headpieces. But once they started, it was all feathers and sparkles as half a dozen girls shimmied and shook their tiny, bejewelled costumes in a central Canberra dance studio.
The festival runs from Friday 18 October to Sunday 20 October 2013 at the Australian National University (ANU) Sports and Recreational Centre.
Tickets and more information are available from canberralatindancefestival.com.au.