BLOCK YOUR AGENDA’s!
The second DA Dance Festival is coming up!
Over the years we have noticed participants shift their focus during festivals from workshops to social dancing. Marathons have become increasingly popular, fully embracing social dancing; there are no workshops anymore. Meanwhile, workshops on many festivals seem to be a means to afford popular artists, rather than the workshops being the highlight of the festival where participants get the chance to develop their dance next to their regular local classes.
DA Dance Festival focuses on this learning experience AND on the social/party experience. During the day and night we’ll party. We developed a learning line that leads you from Friday night to Sunday night, allowing you to step into another world for a weekend with every workshop connected to the next. It’s like you are in a continuous class and the teacher changes without you noticing it. The overall goal is to introduce and develop the concept that dancing, any style of dancing, is universal.
We’ve prepared 4 rooms for you.
1. the Zouk fundamentals room, in 6 blocks of 2 hours all basic areas of the fundamentals of zouk.
2. The advanced/fusion room in which the more experienced dancers will get 8 themes taught back to back by some international and national teacher. giving you tools to be creative and to fuse dance styles.
3. The solo dance room of course in which we have tried to give you a hard-soft experience, meaning that ballet & hiphop, modern & african etc are back to back.
4. the lounge, this year we have added a space in which you can social dance or just chill during the day, giving you a total of 24 hours of social dancing.
PARTICIPANTS CHOICE AND BENEFITS
You can tailor-make your own schedule and combine workshops of interesting topics. And this will be an educated choice! Workshop topics and schedules are already determined and described in detail, including information about the teachers, enabling you to know what to expect and create your own program. The teacher is responsible for teaching a good class/workshop. By preparing and making conscious choices you will get so much more out of any festival!
ONE ROOM ONLY
If you choose to follow the route of only one room, you will benefit from the clear setup for that room. You will experience the seamless transition from one workshop to another and the learning goals over one whole day or even over the whole festival.
FUSION FOR MORE ADVANCED ZOUK DANCERS
To join these workshops, we expect an advanced level in zouk dancing. Being comfortable and experienced in one style allows you to benefit from incorporating other styles. Learning how to fuse, without losing Zouk.
Fusion dances are often executed as combining the basics of one with the basics of another dance style, using two halves to create a whole. We believe it is more beneficial to both dancers, teachers and the dance styles in general to master one style first, before starting to add elements from another. For the teachers, they must master both styles before being able to transfer the concepts. The workshops in this room will be thought with Zouk as the mastered style. Adding elements from other styles enables you to use your body in a different way, make different shapes or different connections, or having different goals for your dance.
ENJOYMENT TAKE AWAY TIPS
Try to arrive fit! We don’t start early and have a maximum of six workshops a day. Allow yourself to get the most out of it, not by quantity but by quality. This means: eat healthy, sleep enough, rest enough.
On the other hand: start by buying the ticket in advance and notice all the choices in workshops. Take your time to sit down and think about what you want to develop and read about the possibilities. When the festival starts, clear your mind and immerse fully into it. Have as little expectation as possible and trust that we will take care of the rest. Between every class we have a break of 10 minutes, allowing you to change rooms but also to clear your mind, breathe, freshen up and start your next workshop.
Friday night 21:00-2:00, The DJ’s will make sure the music builds up from more traditional Zouk music towards more experimental music.
Saturday afternoon 14:00-18:00 zouk Lounge with DJ’s Saturday evening 18:00-21:00 Poolparty!
Saturday night 21:00-3.00 : 3 rooms for social dancing. Zouk room a Salsa/Bachata room and a kizomba room. On Saturday we dance all styles!
Sunday afternoon 14:00-18:00 zouk Lounge with DJ’s
Sunday night 21:00-3:00, There will be enough space to be as free as you want and possibly integrate what you’ve learned over the weekend.
WORK HARD PARTY HARD
But with respect for the body! Take breaks, sleep well, eat healthy. There is a little kitchen at the venue and we are in the centre of Rotterdam: there are a lot of possibilities to eat. There are several hotels within 5 minute walking distance of the venue. We strongly advise you to block two and half days in your calendar, do nothing else, turn off your phone and go for the experience to get the bonus of developing yourself with a focused mind and a fit body, while having fun!
SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!
We are really excited and embracing this festival as an experiment. Remember the why; We believe festivals unfortunately are on the downturn. Often, the focus is on enjoying, experiencing, partying. And there is nothing wrong with that! But we believe there is so much more. We want DA Festival to be a celebration: Bringing teachers and students together, exchanging knowledge, to focus on learning again, to bring that back to the dancefloor!