As I'm sure you realise by now...I like to salsa dance.
I've been to congresses in India, Poland and Barcelona and over the first May bank holiday I went to the London one!
I hadn't originally booked in to attend this congress...but I figured why not go to the one on my actual doorstep which people fly from all over the world to come to!
It was the Mambo City 5* Congress
The congress went on for three days... Friday night, Saturday all day and night and Sunday all day and night.
So my friend Sara and I drove there on Saturday morning and just attended two days and nights
We started with an on1 salsa class with Marchant and Davina
This was a great way to get into the congress as the class wasn't difficult (Inter-Advanced) and it meant that I actually did a salsa class...before moving onto Bachata and Tango!
My next class was Sensual Bachata with Daniel and Pebbles. I absolutely loved this class, it was one of my favourites and Daniel and Pebbles are such amazing dancers.
My next class was a BNF Intro to Tango. BNF are such insane dancers (video link here) and I absolutely loved doing a bit of Tango. I've never done it before.
That's the great thing about congresses. You can do all the dance classes you want that you'd never try at home. That's how I realised I loved bachata as I'd never done it in London.
My next two classes were bachata...can you tell I love it?
I did Simon and Joanna's Sensual Bachata, which I enjoyed as it was a longer routine and we learnt lots of different moves. And then Julian and Angela's Bachata Cool Moves class. That one was really fun as a whole group of my friends did it.
After all those classes it was time to relax a bit before the evening began!
The boys wanted to go in the sauna and pool at our hotel but none of us brought swimming stuff...which was an error.
They just decided they'd go in in their boxers and we were a bit miffed there was no way we were going in in our underwear!
A sports bra and the biggest knickers we'd brought later...plus wrapping ourselves up in towels...we spent some time enjoying the sauna and relaxing our muscles before we started dancing again!
Note to self..check if the hotel has a pool before you go and take a bikini!
That evening we had dinner in our hotel then headed back to our room for a few drinks to perk us up!
Then we spent the next 5 hours dancing
Knackering but amazing!
The next day we had a bit of a lie in...got up for breakfast and then had another lie in!
We missed a few classes, but I got up for BNF's bachatango ...a combination of bachata and tango. I obviously loved it
I also did Grupo Alafia's Cha Cha Cha class. Although the teachers were amazing, I was a little disappointed in this as I thought it would be Cha Cha Cha partnerwork and it was a footwork class.
We needed to check out of our hotel so whilst most people went back to nap or get ready for dinner we started on the G&Ts
I braided the top of my hair into two dutch braids and loved how it looked!
We then met the boys for dinner
After some lobster and wine we went to get seats for the shows...
Front row next to the man himself!
The shows were incredible!
These two were a brother and sister.. I think he was 14 and she was 17? They were amazing!!
One of my favourite performances was Daniel and Pebbles, the bachata dancers I mentioned earlier
I actually had the privilege of dancing with her later in the evening
My salsa teacher asked her to lead me and "be the man"
The dance which impressed me most was the Tango by BNF. The lady's shoe came off and she still carried on doing one of the most insane dances I've ever seen...they of course got a major standing ovation.
After the performances it was time to get on the dance floor. We spent the next four hours dancing...and drove home about 4am.
An amazing, exhausting, exhilarating weekend - I just love to dance!