The Singapore Salsa Congress 2006 - A Big Success!

I had a fabulous time participating in the Singapore Salsa Congress 2006. The overseas instructors and participants had a different style of dancing and it was an eye-opener for me as I saw the way they danced Bachata, Reggaeton, Chacha and of course, Salsa!  It was soooo fun!!!  I met so many foreign artistes and dancers!  I love dancing with the overseas dancers because it feels so different from dancing with those in Singapore. It's like the same Salsa, but with a different sauce or flavor to it!

Cynthia conducted 6 workshops!  Reggaeton was cool…  It’s time to introduce that to Singapore.  You can tell the differences between the countries: Taiwan is big on Reggae and Afro, and I love their Bachata!  The way they merged their traditional folk dance with Salsa is also cool… I wonder if there’s a Singapore dance we can combine into Salsa?  Joseph’s songs are to die for…  He has a great taste for the music, and there’s lotsa variety in them, and all nice to dance to… Heehee!  I can’t wait for Taiwan and Hong Kong Fest next year!  *saving money*

I also danced with Sohel from Sydney, Jaxon and Fasil from KL… Very smooth dancers with a certain style of their own… Very charming, I must say.  Albert from LA is a great lead, with a unique style of his own.  His contrasts of slow and fast moves are my favorite type of dance style to watch, coz you never get bored.  He also takes care of the gal very well, so no worries ladies!  He very kindly taught a 2 hour Salsa class for us today at Thumper… Oh, did anyone watch his tango?  Oohlala *drool*

Ministry of Sound was super big! The ambience was different from the smaller clubs that we're used to, and it was so crowded that people even resorted to dancing on the podiums! The music was great, and the people were all clearly enjoying themselves. I had the opportunity to go into the VIP room, and I could see all the salsa dancers strutting their stuff from there; the flavor's hot!  Although I didn’t get to dance or see much of the dancing, being busy running around, it felt that everyone was enjoying themselves, dancing away.  I saw great, big smiles everywhere.  MOS was so crowded that people were dancing on the podiums!  Yeah, the floor was not the very best of floors to dance, but who cares!  We were all there to meet and dance with all the people, and boy did we all dance.

Thumper was great!  The music was blaring, and we did a great Rueda performance there, despite not being able to hear properly.  There was just barely enough space to perform the moves, haha!  I liked that rueda performance…  Mel, Terrence, Grace, Nigel, Arvind, Lucy, GeikLee, they all also put on fabulous shows for the competition.  I was so proud watching how much effort they put in and how much they had improved!

The standard of the Open Salsa competition was great! The top two couples were really proficient in what they did, and I certainly enjoyed watching them perform. It's so cool to watch how creative they are, and the showmanship was vavoomph! It blew me away! 

Everyone I spoke to enjoyed the show at Kallang. The performers really enjoyed doing the show too. The energy was so high after that, we all went back to Xenbar, gobbled the food, and resumed dancing till the wee hours of the morning! 

I think this congress was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me. It was great to meet new people to dance with, to do all the performances, and to catch up with old friends you don't see often! I'm so proud to be a part of this congress, words can't describe it!

This is one of the greatest accomplishments in my (short) life so far, having put up so many different performances (about 12 group dances in total?) this time around.  I have to say, I’m so glad to be a part of this festival, where I can get to meet new friends from all over the world, catch up and dance with old friends from other countries, and dance together with all my Xen buddies in the performances.

 

- Yanqing, 21/12/2006

 

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Starlinn Actfa DanceSTARLINN CHOO YANQING joined the SFDF program in 2004 while studying in NUS, training 12 hours a day; she completed her SFDF, Diploma & IHDC courses in 3 years, using her teaching income to finance her classes in Diploma & IHDC. In 2008 she pursued her IMDC Dance Business & is now doing her 3 years IPHDC Dance Product Research. While pursuing her IHDC she was already traveling around the world for assignments. more


Bianca Actfa DanceBIANCA enrolled in the SFDF course after A-levels. Within 6 months she was dancing as a backup dancer for MTV. She has also traveled to many countries like Germany, UK, Taiwan & Hong Kong to teach & perform, & was offered a position to dance in a few Musical plays. 


 Libin Actfa DanceLB, a masters degree holder working for a MNC, decided to do a career switch after he completed his SFDF. He then worked as an International Sales Manager in dance products, an international artist & dance instructor. He is the Singapore Bachata Champion 2008 and the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship behind Serge and Polina from Russia in 2010. more


manfred Actfa DanceMANGGOH was one of the elite few selected for the Mediacorp Dance Academy in 2000. He graduated from NTU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and used to work as a Project Manager in the IT Industry. He passed his examination & evaluation for SFDF and is currently doing his Diploma & IHDC. more


maricel Actfa DanceMARICEL, a professional dancer from the Philippines, joined SFDF in 2009. In less than a year, she has performed at the Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2009, Salsa Cruise Asia 2009, & has also been to China to teach & perform. In 2010 she was offered a full time dance instructor job in Singapore. She has since gone on to set up a dance studio in the Philippines and comes back periodically to upgrade her skills.


rachel Actfa DanceRACHEL an undergraduate in NTU joined the SFDF in 2010 and was offered to open a dance studio in China.  She has taught and performed in Guang Zhou, Shen Zhen, Hong Kong, Singapore.


 derrick actfa danceDERRICK has over 20 years of dance instructor experience with more than 30 types of dance. He was granted an exemption from SFDF after taking an examination & evaluation and signed up for the diploma & IHDC simultaneously.


tamil actfa danceTAMIL, a professional dancer & teacher actively involved in competitions & performances for Hip Hop, Bollywood, Indian Dance. He was teaching dance in secondary school and choreographing for SYF. He joined the IHDC program to further his training as a dancer & teacher in 2009.  Since joining the IHDC, he has taught, performed & competed in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan.


brenda actfa danceBRENDA joined the SFDF when she was 13 years old and was hired to teach and perform both locally and overseas after 6 months. She was also financing her own dance study while teaching private dance classes.  Under the SFDF, she was the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship 2010 and Singapore Bachata Champion 2009.  She was given opportunities to teach in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China.

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