Naomi and I decided to meet up in Brisbane last night for a serious dance off.
The night started at 6pm with an authentic Cuban style Cha cha cha lesson at West End with Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy. We were really excited about learning from one of the best instructors in Australia!
When Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco founded Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy in 1994, he was drawing on over 20 years of experience as a dance teacher, performer, choreographer and percussionist. A dance graduate of the University of Physical Education in Goiania, Brazil, Tarcisio has also independently completed hundreds of hours of study in many styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and modern dance, as well as Latin dance. He is also a Master of Capoeira…..click here to learn more…
The class was great fun; we were welcome to join in even though we had missed the first lesson and we were rotated and danced with several experienced partners which was fantastic as this was our first ever Cha cha cha lesson. We learnt heaps!
After our lesson we headed to Milano my favourite restaurant in the Queen St Mall and had a delicious meal and some beverages.
At 9pm we were off for some Salsa & Merengue dancing opposite the Treasury Casino in Brisbane Square, Reddacliff Place. We listened to the Latino music from the experience DJ Rafael. Rafael mentioned that on the 31st of October it will be one year since the dancing started at that venue. Hundreds of people turned up and it really is a fun environment to learn, watch, mix and dance with all different people. This dancing is FREE every Friday in Brisbane so if you’re in town it’s a definite must.
11pm it was over to the Treasury Casino to get down to the 9 piece band that were absolutely sensational! With a few more beverages we took over the dance floor till well after 2am!
[Image via Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy.]