This summer we decided to take a brake from cruising, but since we cannot stop dancing we started looking for jobs at local events. And so it happened that we found this Facebook post saying that someone was looking for a ballroom couple in London for a private event. We immediately searched on skyscanner.com for a plane ticket for the specified date, did the maths and decided to apply for the job, as we have been planning for a long time to visit UK’s capital and our friends who live there.
After a month of silence, the client came back asking if we were still available, so we had to check again for the plane ticket price. Even better, that day Wizz Air was having a promotion for this flight so we confirmed the job.
They asked us for two Latin numbers and requested to bring glittery costumes(especially for Bianca), so we suggested our Jive and Salsa routines. We practised the entire week before the event and we also added some tricks and combinations from our Louis Prima Tribute and Salsa Show we had performed two days before at the Black Sea Resort “Europa” in Eforie.
Arriving in London, this vibrant and eclectic city where more than 300 languages are spoken (more than in any other city in the world), we found a very interesting mix of cultures, people, shows and tourist attractions. We were fortunate to stay with a friend in Shoreditch, a regenerated urban part of London, very popular and fashionable nowadays. Former industrial buildings have been transformed today in flats and offices, while the pubs and clubs in the area offer a variety of venues that are competing with those of the West End. But before enjoying London we had a commitment to fulfill.
We reserved the next day after our arrival only for our performance. We did our make up and costumes and we took the bus to get to the Park Plaza Hotel next to Westminster Bridge (thank you Apple Maps for making it so easy to use the public transport of London!). Upon our arrival we found out that we were performing at a Sri Lankan Engagement Party together with other artists. We had time to do a rehearsal and a sound check before the guests arrived and everything went smooth and nice as the entire team proved to be very professional and positive.
The programme started at 20:00 with Traditional Indian Music, then Wayne Woodward (Britain’s Got Talent sensational finalist) sang some jazz music while a group of four cabaret girls were dancing behind him. After Wayne’s amazing performance, the atmosphere was enhanced and the guests started to enjoy what was happening on the stage for them. This is when our “Flip flop fly” Jive Show was introduced by DJ Rando (the event’s DJ and MC for the night). We had a great time dancing on the mirror stage for more than 200 people.
In this artistic programme there were also a Fusion Commercial Group and a Pop Female Singer that brought the energy to the dance floor before the DJ started the party at around 22:00.
The organisers were very considerate with all the artists, and we were happy to be part of this team having a great time together and finishing the job with great satisfaction.
During our stay in London we enjoyed authentic English summer days, warm and sunny, but we also experienced one or two showers while riding the City Bikes around the City Centre. While others might get frustrated by this capricious weather, we were cooling ourselves away from the hot and dry weather that Bucharest was having in the middle of July.
Hope you’ll enjoy our photos as much as we enjoyed London! In just four days, we had enough time to see friends, dance on the street, visit some of the museums and art galleries, go to a dance studio, see a musical and of course the daily change of guards at Buckingham Palace.