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Hello Everyone! The salsa festival is getting closer, and closer, and just growing and growing (each and every day). It’s like a salsa congress – just more fun. ;) Joking. Relax. We’re now up to seven bands?! Really … Seven salsa and bachata bands? Wow!  Five pre-parties? Five nights of pre-parties? I’ll be too tired to actually make it through the main event!

As some salsa congresses enter their 10th year, I am constantly reminded of what salsa was like prior to salsa congresses. Prior to salsa dance troupes. Prior to endless latin ballroom salsa dance competitions. Prior to the dance evolving into a complex mathematic like art form. Yes, I am that old.  It’s great the way the dance has evolved and grown over time, however, in that period, something was lost. Was it the connection? Was it the passion? Was it the love of the music? Or was it just the fun of it all?

And that’s why! That’s why we’re doing a salsa festival? Because salsa festivals are first and foremost about fun! They can be about the dance. They can be about the music.  They can be … festive!  What did I love so much about the bachata festival, put on by Rodchata, last year? It was fun! I mean, it was really fun. I had a blast, from beginning to end, and more importantly, so did everyone else. Even rote beginners, absolutely loved it.  It was not just about the performances, but more about introducing the dance and sharing their love of the dance and the music.

That’s what SalsaCrazy has always been about. We’re deeply rooted in the love of the music and the dance, and we want to share that feeling. We’re not so much into the competitive aspect, nor even the performance aspect, but we love the social dancing and the music. That’s where our passions are. That’s what we want to share!

Am I reminiscent of a time where all the dancer’s in a salsa were actually singing lyrics on the dance floor, ear-to-ear grins on their faces, completely enraptured in their connection with their partners? Yes. You don’t often find that on any dance floor around the world anymore. In fact, on many salsa club dance floors you’d be hard pressed to actually find any lyrics being played (not that I’m not a fan of the instrumental – I certainly am).  It seems, as the dance matures, that the smiles are mostly set on the faces of the beginners. That being said, no rants (yet).

We’re here to reclaim those smiles! The salsa festival is foremost about fun, social dancing, and the celebration of the music and the passion. The rest is icing on the cake. You want to dance with 10 different people in 10 different style, from 10 different places around the world? This is the Salsa Festival for you.

That’s what I found at the Bachata Festival, and that’s what the combination Salsa and Bachata Festival will bring to you in the summer of 2010 in San Francisco. One hell of an amazingly good time – learning, dancing, music, and yes, even being awed by the ocassional salsa dance show.

One ticket this summer, gets you into both events, in the center of San Francisco, at one of the nicest hotels in the city (at an incredibly cheap price). That same ticket gets you into all workshops, parties, and nightly dances, as well as five days of pre-parties, where you never have to pay another dime. It’s a crazy good deal.

Do you have your San Francisco Salsa Festival ticket yet? If not, now is the time. Prices are rising every two weeks, and you need but check the website to find out how quickly ticket sales are taking place …

Singles, couples, groups of friends – this festival is for you! Never danced? You can learn there! Beginners are welcomed. Intermediates are adored, and advanced … well, we all love the advanced dancers. We know you’ll be there anyway. ;)

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