(Interview #2 of 5. To read interview #1- Giana and Nery- click here)
I walked into James’ and Alex’s cha cha workshop a little low in energy. I was tired and wasn’t sure I would make it through the class. But it turned out to be one of my favourite workshops because Alex and James were so fun. In fact, the combination of the music they chose, the playful choreography they put together for us, and their own charisma, made me forget about my sluggishness earlier. Instead, I found myself laughing and enjoying myself all the way through, and I also left reenergized!
I really enjoyed your cha cha workshop today. Is it one of your favorite dances? You seem to have a lot of fun with it.
James: More and more now, it almost seems like we prefer cha cha over salsa (smiles). And it helps that because of our cha cha performance, we are getting asked to do more and more cha cha workshops. You can play with the timing a little more. You can put your own routines together for it in a way that can be a bit more interesting and more unique than the regular old patterns. But really, we like both.
Alex: But the energy does often seem to be much higher in cha cha workshops. It’s fun. You can have a laugh with it. Cha cha is very loose. As long as you feel it, you can do whatever you want in it, really.
“I love dancing, and everything in my dancing career has been spectacular. But… I never had time to sit down and think, about… about ANYTHING to do with dancing until now.
… I’m doing better because dancing has really taken me to a place of healing that I never imagined. I didn’t even know that I needed dancing so much.
… It’s like everything kind of makes sense now.”
(Stay tuned for the in-depth, candid interview from which this excerpt was taken. The full interview with Yesenia Peralta will be published here in a few days, and the link will be posted on Dance Me Free’s facebook page as well. Follow us here, or ‘LIKE’ us on facebook to be updated on this and other future posts by clicking here: Dance Me Free on Facebook)
It is my pleasure to share a special photo feature this month involving three fellow dancers and friends from our very own Vancouver dance community!
Carlos Molina and Nicole Chan are captured here in a beautiful moment of dance by photographer and dancer Elina Sumichan. The photo was taken at a recent event in Vancouver called Kizomba Temptation. Thank you Elina for hosting and organizing such a magical night, and special thanks to Nelda Sumichan for providing us with such an elegant, intimate venue in which to get our Kizomba dance on! It definitely proved to be a great night of mingling, music, and fun memories. I am thrilled to be able to share one of those moments here as Elina’s shot of Carlos and Nicole will be our new header photo for this season.
“When I’m having a good night out dancing, I feel confident, playful, and a little bit sexy. And along with my own feelings, if I get the connection I want with my partner in the dance, she’ll (heck, sometimes “he’ll”- haha!) feel those same emotions as well. Sharing those feelings, even if only for three-and-a-half minutes at a time, can be a touch magical…and/or really hot. I also like to follow in salsa and bachata when I get the opportunity. It’s a total mind bender to hold the other end of the communication line. It’s fun in its own right, and it makes me a better lead, too.”
“I always say that it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. It’s how you express it. It’s going to deliver differently depending on how you express it.
And that’s exactly what dancing is for me- it’s how you deliver it. It could be the most basic thing, the most basic step, but enjoy it (smiles). .. When people watch me enjoying the dancing, that allows them to enjoy it too…
So that’s my other piece of advice: Be sure to enjoy your every dance.”- Griselle Ponce