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Sunday, October 28, 2007
The Singapore International Salsa Festival has come and gone...leaving a trail of sick and tired people in its wake. 3 days and 3 nights of nonstop dancing and too-little sleep = exhausted salseros and salseras falling sick left right and centre. Of course, yours truly is one of the victims, losing her voice and all over the course of the last week.
Some of the festival highlights: Emily & Junior (ranked second in the World Salsa Championship's on2 category) from San Francisco, Burju & Victor of Hacha y Machete from Boston, Leon Rose, Super Mario & Susana Montero from the UK, Gavin and his team from KL, Bobby Dickerson from Japan and various other fantastic dancers flew down from wherever they were to teach and perform. Of course, there was also Albert Torres, the godfather of the salsa scene as it is today - he's the man, really.
And there was also our little Crystal, who flew back from France for a few days to attend the festival and visit all of us! :)
Saturday was the ADS performance - we were originally supposed to be the closing show, but somehow or other ended up being the opening performance. Not that we minded, of course, since it meant we'd be able to watch the rest of the performances and also have more time to change out.
Our makeup was painstakingly done by Hege, who took about half an hour to draw everything onto each person. There were 7 of us, which meant 3.5 hours was dedicated to makeup alone. BUT the stupid lighting technician had to be all muddle-headed and screw up the lighting during our performances. Basically, he only turned on the neon lights and really dim lighting for the first half of our performance, before switching off all proper lightings altogether so you could only see our white hats, white gloves, white bikinis and white jazz shoes glowing in the dark, clubbing-style. I supposed that achieved a whole new effect on its own, but all the time and effort we'd spent correcting our body movement and such were wasted! Most of us were quite annoyed/irritated/angry about it. Blah. Last year, they screwed up the lighting by only shining it on 3 couples so that the 4th one totally disappeared in the darkness on stage; this year, they did it AGAIN. And worse.
Stupid lighting guy.
That aside, the costume was really quite cool and turned out looking much better than how I'd expected it to be.
Sunday: the Asian qualifiers for the World Salsa Championship series. Zee and Sharon won the top Singaporean couple title and will be flying to Orlando in December for the finals! How exciting. We were all really scared for them especially when Zee slipped and fell during the shines (the floor was reaaaaaalllyyy slippery) but still, they did well.
Sadly though, after talking to the judges, they realised that they would have won the top Asian couples if not for the fall, as every major mistake meant that 10% of the score would be penalized. The eventual first couple (from India) were pretty good too though - with an awesome and impactful beginning and end, scoring 340.2. The couple ranked second in the Asian qualifiers was from Indonesia, and they scored 340!! What a close shave. Zee and Sharon came in third after the penalty - but before the penalty, their score was 360!! That is WAY above the first couple, which meant that........they were originally the Asian champions by a wide margin.
Oh well, I guess it didn't matter since the whole point of the qualifiers is to get into the finals, which they did anyway, so...
But it still irks me somehow!
After the WSC qualifiers, the international stars made their appearances on stage - and what an eyeopener it was! I'm particularly in love with Burju, with her intense and soulful eyes - like, wow. I've never seen anyone communicate so much with just their eyes alone on stage. Also, there was Emily, smokin' hot yet elegant at the same time as always. The performances were highly inspiring and I'm glad I had such a good position. T'was a really good view I had!
Dancing-wise, it was pretty good all three nights. I was strangely on form for all the three nights despite being all danced out and tired, and I also managed to catch a dance with all the international instructors who flew down, so guess who's a happy girl...... ;)