Brazil, Chile ... 14/11/2012

Blanca Ribas Turon continues her report on DanceSport in South America. This is the second part, the first part can be accessed here

DanceSport in Brazil and Chile

South American ChampionshipThe next country that followed was Brazil. Of course, I had my working stint there coincide  "accidentally" with the carnival period. I was particularly happy that Marcos Eduardo da Costa took part in my workshops. He is a gifted Samba dancer in one of the biggest Samba schools in Sao Paulo. Thus I was able to do my workshops in the huge Samba school of “Império de Casa Verde” and I was invited to participate at the last pre-carnival trainings.

It goes without saying that I went to the competition at the Sambadrome to support “my” school with passion. During my time in Brazil, I thought it would also be worth celebrating carnival in the Sambadrome of Rio de Janeiro with thousands of dancing Samba fans. What an experience! We celebrated until the early hours of the morning in an amazing atmosphere!

After this Samba frenzy my journey led me back to the south of the continent, to Santiago de Chile. There many young couples were waiting for me and I could see that the popularity of DanceSport was boosted temporarily because of a TV show similar to “Dancing with the Stars.” However, the participants competing in Chile’s version were more interested in losing weight – according to the show’s motto “Dance Yourself Slim!” – than anything else. The show turned out to be not very successful with the audiences and was soon cancelled. I just hope that the DanceSport will remain popular, because what I saw convinced me. In 2012, Alfredo Araya and Viviana Diaz represented their country for the first time at the Senior World Championship in Belgium.

After Chile I went north along the Andes to Peru. In Lima it happened to me at last. Almost normal for the people living there, it was my premiere: early in the morning I experienced my first earthquake! At first I wondered why my bed was moving. But when I saw the lamp was also swinging, I instantly knew. It was quite a strong quake with 6.3 on the Richter scale. Three years earlier the Peruvian DanceSport scene had been shaken up too. Despite of it the number of dancing couples is on an increase and – as I was glad to discover – all ten dances are performed with great enthusiasm.

To be continued!

Latest NewsSubscribe to news RSS

  • European Champions To Be Crowned

    European Champions in Ten Dance and in Youth Latin are to be crowned over the Eeaster weekend in Cambrils, ESP. The "Live from ..." blog is up!

    16/04/2014 read more ...
  • The World Games Year Round

    The International World Games Association launches The World Games Channel. It features top-tier events of the 30+ sports in The World Games.

    15/04/2014 read more ...
  • Strictly ... A Musical

    Strictly Ballroom, Hollywood's look at DanceSport, has been adapted to the theatrical stage. The musical premiered downunder to raving reviews.

    14/04/2014 read more ...
  • Farewell to A Champion

    Here is the video that was shown when Olga Konovaltseva and her brother Sergey Konavaltsev announced the end of Olga's career last month in Russia.

    12/04/2014 read more ...
  • Prior to Cambrils Next Weekend

    Ahead of the next European Championships in Cambrils, ESP, you are invited to take in the remaining videos recorded during the 2014 European Latin.

    11/04/2014 read more ...
  • Final SportAccord Report

    Ashli Williamson and Eva Bartunkova file their last report with dateline SportAccord Belek. This wraps four days of mingling with world sports!

    11/04/2014 read more ...
Archives