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).
Together 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.
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.
Red flowers in the Queen’s Garden at Buckingham Palace
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.
View of the Tower Bridge from The Tower Hotel
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.
Dan and Bianca performing a Jive Show at Park Plaza Hotel in London
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.
Dancing on the streets of London @King’s Cross
Strictly No Cycling – Strictly Dancing
Short stop to have lunch in a park
We couldn’t miss The Summer Exhibition 2016
Black Cabs on Oxford Street
Taking seats for “Lion King” The Musical – a must see in West End
Tango on Strand Street in London
Change of Guards at Buckingham Palace
Last day we ended our London visit with a Jazz Training session at Pineapple Studios. Thank you Shanie!:)
After our colleagues’ special New Year’s Eve in the Maldives, 2015 has reunited the entire group in February, at the glamorous J.W. Mariott hotel in Bucharest, where the Dentists’ Ball is annually held. For this year, since it was the second time our team was present at this event, we made sure to change some of the choreographies and costumes, and also prepare some new dance shows for the guests.
Considering the fact that our band grew, we needed special training for this party. Some of us have worked assiduously to learn the new choreography, while the rest have focused extensively on improving of synchronization.
The day of the show, after long weeks of rehearsal, the choreography, the costumes were prepared and we were ready to impress. We opened up with the Viennese Waltz, a choreography designed specifically for this ball, followed by a moment of Quickstep, that brought people to the dance floor. In total, SCENA Showdance performed 10 dance shows, 5 of which with the entire group and 5 other solo routines. Here are some of our numbers: Charleston, Flamenco, Romanian Folklore and our newest dance, Fireball.
Of all the shows, our new salsa choreographed to Pitbull’s famous song raised the entire room.
After each number the guests were invited to dance along with us, leaving their seats empty and following our dance steps.
In the end, our 5 couples performed no less than 10 numbers, each and one of them with its distinctive costumes. Next year we will most certainly return with other new shows, but until then we are getting ready for a summer full of dance.