New Dance Shows Premiere

We were very excited when we received an offer to perform our new dance shows at the seaside, in a luxury hotel. And so it happens that one Thursday morning we all set “sail”: two dance couples and Nandin, our friend from Mongolia, who we managed to integrate into our concept. If you didn’t already know, Mongolia is the country with the most acclaimed contortion school in the world (on the cruise ships, at Cirque du Soleil or in any of the biggest amusement parks you will find for sure contortionists and acrobats from Mongolia).

Scena and NandinTogether we put on a 12 minute show. We opened with our Louis Prima number, just to get the party started. You cannot fail with such a playlist: the cheer is simply contagious. Nandin followed, astonishing the audience with her hand stand number, a style not so common in Romania. She always catches the attention not only with her difficult contortion and strength elements, but also with her exotic looks.

It is quite difficult to follow her on stage, but we ended with maximum energy in our new salsa routine “Ran Kan Kan”. The speed of the choreography and the specific acrobatic skills always grasp the public’s attention.

To be honest we were a bit nervous, but in a good way, supporting our performance and giving us more energy.  Like at any other first performance you cannot tell when time flies by, the adrenaline won’t allow you to feel tired and you will always give 110%.

We don’t have to tell you that after the show we celebrated not only the premiere, but also Liviu’s birthday. The poor guy had to work on his birthday and go through all that stress, but hey, the reward was satisfying.

And because there is no show, performance or trip without a photo session, we leave you with some of the pictures we took at the location.

P.S.: We are waiting for your opinions and comments on our new shows.

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Liviu and Laura back in time

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Nandin – elegance, strength, force

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Dan and Bianca boogie

 

 

Louis Prima Tribute and Ran Kan Kan

Not too long after getting home from cruising around Africa, we felt the need to get back into the dance studio. On the ship we were used to dance quite often, sometimes even every day, so we started looking for new opportunities to perform.

We decided to freshen up Scena’s shows, so we choreographed two new dance routines for Rock’n’Roll and Salsa, the most requested styles from our offer.

It’s not easy to create a new show, especially if the clients really appreciated the one before.  We’ve received a lot of praise for our existing rock medley, so both the new music and the costumes had to be at least as colorful and outstanding as the current ones. We didn’t just want to create a new choreography, but also to concentrate all of last year’s cruising experience into the new show and upgrade our skills. And so we started to search for inspiration. We spent about five rehearsals focusing on lindy hop trying to blend it into our jive, making it faster and wackier. We’ve also learnt some new lifts and tricks, some of them made it into the show, some of them are still work in progress.

After all of this it was time to decide on the songs. We started with “Buona Sera”, a song we already performed to back on the Aegean Odyssey. Hence we started looking into Louis Prima and so we discovered a lot of tracks we enjoyed. We finally decided that the best option for this new show would be a tribute dedicated to him. After a long selection process (what to do if Louis Prima sings so well) we came up with the final formula which, we say, mixes some of his best work: “Five months”, “Buona Sera” și “Jump and Jive”.

The second show we worked on was Salsa. We chose a classic songs, performed by Tito Puente for “The Mambo Kings” (a movie starring Armand Asante and Antonio Banderas) – “Ran Kan Kan”. We wrote down the structure and made a list of what’s fashionable these days and what’s a must in a professional salsa routine. We already knew that we must have lifts and tricks, elements that cannot miss from our shows. Then we decided on the partnering pieces, footwork, group routine and couple’s solos.

We are very happy with the result and we think the public appreciates our efforts.

Louis Prima Tribute and Ran Kan Kan