One word to describe this festival. Amazing. Definitely one of my best festivals ever.
As I mentioned in my previous post. One of the main reasons for coming here was because of Dadinho. And he did not disappoint. Another was also because of the high level of finnish zouk dancers. Or so I was lead to believe…
We arrived on Friday afternoon (on board what seems like a brand new BA plane :D). Stocked up on supplies. Snacks and (hopefully still) water. I hate Europe for their love of sparkling water! Had dinner (McDonalds). Then headed off to check out the venue and watch the beginners classes take place. We knew this was a smaller congress but was still disappointed with the size of the venue.
The friday party was disappointing. Can’t really put my finger on it but probably due to the music and the shocking numbers of beginners. I also made a effort and dressed up (for the first time ever) as the Joker for the halloween theme. I left about 10mins before the end of the party cause I wasn’t really enjoying it. And cause I thought the party was meant to finish 40mins later…
The workshops on the other hand were awesome. There were two days of workshops on both Saturday and Sunday with only two classes running in parallel. An intermediate/advance class on the main dance floor. And a beginners class in the smaller bar upstairs. The smaller size of this congress made the workshops much easier to learn from. Dadinho, as mentioned was amazing. I took part in roughly half the classes. once or twice took the beginners class. My rationale behind this was to take a class depending on the teacher, not on the level.
Here are the workshop demo videos I took.
The final two parties on Saturday and Sunday, however, were absolutely amazing. Totally made up for Friday’s disappointment. Music was a lot better and I think I made my peace with high numbers of beginners by adapting my style and in the process improving my both my technique and enjoyment. I take everything I said about Finnish beginners. They were awesome!
One issue I had though was DJ Brandon’s mixing. It might not have been him. But I’m sure it was. Stop cross fading songs into one another. It’s fucking horrible especially when he only plays one half of a good song before fading in the next one. But not fully fading in the next one though. The cross fading alternates a couple times between the previous and next songs before the new song fully kicks in. This is an issue most zoukers seem to agree with.
All in all, besides the Friday party this is one of my best congresses ever. I don’t plan to go again next year though as I’ve already planned on going to Brno and Breda which are held a month apart. However if Dadinho gets confirmed for next year I’ll most like be there due to the smaller size of the classes. Make it happen Freddy!