Review Moscow Salsa & Kizomba Festival (Salsa – Kizomba – Bachata)
2.6. – 5.6.2016
I have to admit. I am in love. With this city, this crazy city and the beautiful dancers this event hosts. My second time I came to this event, and surely I did not want to miss one minute of this weekend. I met in those 4 days many many nice people, opposite of what we might tend to think sometimes, when we think about Russia and russian people. Yes, if you walk through the city or you are taking the metro, you see all those kind of depressed faces and you will hardly ever get a smile from anybody. But the complete opposite was to be encountered at this event.
Thinking about what matters most when you review an event or better said your personal experiences and memories, I am sure it is the dancing part, the dances you had. And Moscow did not disappoint me with one dance. I really need to go back in time to find, to remember, another event where I had so many amazing dances with beautiful & smiling women. And I was watching also quite a bit the dance floor when I could. It was really calling my attention the fact, that the russian women, when dancing, they start to sparkle, to shine, to smile and they seem to really enjoy every single dance, every single minute. As a leader, this is probably what you are looking most for and what you are enjoying most and – believe me – it is hard to find. But here, at Moscow Salsa & Kizomba Festival this very rare species could be find anywhere on the dancefloor. So needless to say, I – and many others – had a really good time here. Oh, and yes, the level of dancing was really good.
Another remarkable point was the music. The DJs did a really good job to keep us dancing all the time, great choice of music. I stayed – i ahve to admit – all the time in the Mambo room, so I cant give any remarks about the other rooms, Cuban room and Kizomba floor. But on the Mambo floor we certainly had a great time !
So, two of the most important things were already checked. Another great thing is the venue. I might think it is closed to be perfect. Hotel & venue – all in one place. Nice and very affordable hotel rooms. Nice ballrooms in the same building. Plenty of different restaurants in the same building. They even have a supermarket in the same building ! In fact you would not need to leave the building the whole weekend, if you didnt want to ! It is probably not so easy to reach, as the next Metro stations are eacha 15 min walk. From from there you have easy, safe and affordable transport to the airports.
However, once you come here, you MUST also explore the city. Certainly most of us we have our images already in mind about Moscow, and I am sure many times they will be proven to be wrong. Moscow is a crazy, huge, and sometimes even beautiful city and it can certainly compare and keep up with cities like London and Paris. And if you are lucky and the weather is nice and warm, then you might even fall in love with this city.
Back to the event. Great line up, of course. Nice workshops, not too crowded, plenty of space.
The weak point here are the shows, which I am sure many not care much about. I certainly do, usually. To be more precise, it is not the shows, many of them were really good. The production on Saturday night, compared to last year rather disappointed a bit. But here is the thing: I understand pretty well, that if a good portion of the audience speaks rather less english or not at all, you will need to translate the MC and the announcements you make. HOWEVER. The russian MC (aka “translator”) talking 15 min (!!) in russian on Friday before even the first show started is just not acceptable. Well certainly not if you want to attract people from outside the country, which obviously in most cases will not speak any russian word. Here we do not talk about translating to the russian speaking dancers, but about an ego boost for one person, which loves to talk. I think the idea of an MC is to introduce the shows, not to make a show out of yourself. Just saying. At least on Saturday they kept the talking to less, at least in the beginning. But then taking another 15 minutes to bring after the production all artists on stage as to create another opportunity to talk- just not needed.
But – as I said – many nowadays anyway ignore the shows and make up their own entertainment, so many will not care.
Anyway – an event with a really great atmosphere. If you love dancing, dont miss it next year !
Resume: Must go event if you like to dance.
Level of dancing *****
Workshops/Line Up ****
All info at http://mskbfest.ru/en/
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