Hamar Latin Festival 2016

Chispas organized Hamars first Latin festival in cooperation with Salsa Innlandet the first weekend of June. We spent two fantastic days with inspiring teachers, open-minded and energetic participants, lots of good music, nice weather, and hard-working staff from early morning until late at night.

The festival program included a varitey of classes; from the sensual dance of kizumba lead by Daniel Zarkowski, to the energetic afro-cuban moves class by Aliochy Aragon. Saturday night ended with a grand party filled with great salsa music, bachata and kizumba. DJ Daniel and cuban DJ Maikel kept the dancefloor going and created a vibe that lasted long after midnight.

Salsa Innlandets own Hilde Kristin Aam fullfilled a lifelong dream and gave a breathtaking performance with dance instructor Aliochy. We also had a great bachata and kizumba show by Daniel and Kristina, inspiring us all to go past beginners level.

Sunday Kitogo decided to organize an impulsive drumsession outside with his students. Our cuban instructors as well as Kleyton, the master of capoeira, decided to join in on the spontaneous mini concert based on afro-cuban rhytms. Dancing and smiling audience took over the patio and people seemed to really enjoy themselves. A true moment of joy and happiness!! A lot of smiles, laughter, and sweat were left at the dancestudio this weekend, and as the representative of Chispas I am so happy we decided to organize this festival. Not only did we learn a lot thoughout the weekend, but the festival also gave birth to new friendships.

We will definately be back next year and hope YOU will join our fantastic festival-family as well.

Big thanks to all the participants, instructors, our very own festival photographer Georg Bakkevik, and our great staff. We are looking forward to seing you all in 2017!!

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