It was a sleep deprived long weekend, which started with me leaving home early last Thursday afternoon, teaching Thursday night (Intro to Salsa) then teaching and dancing for three more days straight. I taught two 3-hour bootcamps with Edie the Salsa Freak, my musicality class (listening/understanding the music), grabbed some naps and food, then danced until around 2 or 3 each morning, repeating until time to leave early Monday AM, after about 4 hours of sleep.
A great time was had by hundreds of people. I danced with total beginners and some of the world-class performers. It's interesting leading someone dancing their first weekend, then fifteen minutes later partnering with follows that were the featured performers, with years of experience across hundreds of leads. I also had a set of great dances with people who have attended in years past, and it was fun to see how much everybody has improved over time.
My partners ranged from around age eighteen to seventy, with an extremely wide range of experiences. As I'm writing this, I realize I was never turned down once over the whole weekend.
I have four articles in draft form based on ideas I had at the event. They need some polishing but I expect all to go live within the next week. I have some photos to upload and some video was shot at the event as well (I haven't recieved my copy yet, so I'll post stuff when I get it.)
If you are looking for a great time this next New Years Eve, this bi-annual event is worth your time. I expect them to sell out the hotel again, so book early (use "Baarns" in the referral code, then I get enough for a couple cups of coffee...)
If you attended last weeks event, please leave a comment and let us know your experiences.
Consciously or unconsciously, you always get what you expect.