It’s been four months since The Vancouver International Salsafestival (VIS) 2013. And I still smile an extra big smile whenever I run into one of the team members or even just think about the great time I had over that weekend in March. Keeping in touch with some of the out of town guests and instructors that I met over the course of the festival weekend also brings back good feelings of the time we shared. I know I made some amazing new friends and connections through VIS, and also gathered memories that I will carry with me for a long time.
In particular, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to speak to some of the artists personally, asking them questions about what inspired them, and what drives them to continue in their various art forms.
I am excited to share with you some of their words, in a series of short interviews that were conducted over during the VIS 2013 festivities. Each interview will be presented under the larger title ‘Reminisce on VIS.’ Thank you so much to each of the interviewees for the time and thoughtfulness you put into your responses.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce the first of the series of five interviews:
INTERVIEW 1: Giana Montoya (of Shiva Latina), and Nery Garcia (of Elegant Rumba)- from Fort Myers, Florida.
How I made it to the 9am workshop on the Friday morning of VIS, I have no idea. But I’m so glad I did. Acro- Yoga with Nery and Giana was not just a yoga or dance class, but a lesson in balance – physical and inner- and how to use this to make our connection with our surroundings more meaningful. If only we could wake up to this kind of learning every morning!
How did the yoga become a part of your dancing?
Giana: I’ve been a yoga practitioner for eleven years now. I started yoga when I was sixteen, which is about the same time that I started salsa. But I danced many years before that. My degree is in dance and theatre. But yeah, my whole family is really into yoga. My dad is also a yoga teacher. I got him into it.