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Published December 24th 2014
Vibrant Latino street style dance is LaBomba in Adelaide
There is a movement in Adelaide. It can be fast, furious, and passionate, or sometimes smooth, sensual and soulful. Ablaze with colour and breathtaking outfits, Latin Dance is alive and sizzling with La Bomba Productions.
It's a fresh, funky, street Latino style celebration all year round. It's Urban Latino culture.
Adelaide's LaBomba performers at the Fringe 2014
LaBomba Productions is Adelaide's award winning space for all things Latin. This is the place to learn Latin street dance, the place to get a good Latino DJ, the place to find some of Australia's best Latin street dance performers, and the place to find out when the next Latin event is happening, like Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.
The concept of LaBomba came about after its founder, Natalie Stansfield, was on vacation in Havana, Cuba in 1997, feeling inspired by the vibrant heart, soul and music of the people of that irresistibly infectious city.
Cuba's dance and music influenced the emergence of internationally recognised LaBomba Productions, Adelaide. Photo by: Leon Petrosyan
Initially the focus was only on promoting Latin music on radio station 101.5FM, but it turns out there was a wealth of Latin talent in the city. The abundance of Latin acts inspired Adelaide's first Latin All Stars Concert and live CD recording. Watch out for Latin All Stars in 2015!
Cruz from Cuba showed us his moves on the dance floor
Then came the national Tropicana Festival, bringing in the best of Australia's Latino street scene to the dance floor. I was excited to watch competitors from around Adelaide and Interstate with my husband, and be part of an event where professionals and amateur dancers together collaborated, creating an intense atmosphere alive with colour and excitement. With a sense of experiencing a festival in Rio de Janeiro, yet knowing it all took place in Rose St., Hindmarsh it's good to know there's way more to come from Adelaide's Latin scene.
Boxing Day promises an evening of more Dance beats, more Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Kizomba! There is so much to know about and learn, and watch. The watching is sometimes just as wonderful as the participating. Watching two figures moving with synchronicity, smiling from the inside out, lighting up the room with a sense of fun. That could be you this Boxing Day, when LaBomba celebrates their 15th birthday with Jungle Fever Latin Fiesta at Lava, 170 Pulteney St., Adelaide. Be there! Be wearing your finest animal print! Free entry before 10pm, or $10 after.
Be at Lava Adelaide Boxing Day for LaBomba's 15th birthday Jungle themed celebration
New Year's Eve LaBomba take the Governor Hindmarsh by storm, and this is the place to be if you haven't sorted out your NYE plans yet. At only $20 before the date, and $30 on the night. DJ is C Major from 'the Voice'. Many good reasons to be there! It's a night for wearing white as you see in the new year.
Join lovers of street beats on January 31st at Governor Hindmarsh. Wear white to bring in the new year.
LaBomba Productions has 12 crew, performers and DJs who can teach students in Cuban Salsa, Rueda, Brazilian Samba, Bachata, the ever popular Zumba fitness, and Reggaeton - a hot solo style that can also be done with a partner to hip hop infused tropical beats mixed with Jamaican Dance Hall.
You have seen the excitement of Latino street dance styles in dance spaces, in movies, at festivals, and you may wish to move like that. LaBomba can show you how. Judging by the performances at Tropicana, all it takes is practice, loss of inhibition and a lot of heart. Guest judges on the night also shared their expertise. Tony Lara of Spain gave a workshop. The amazing Romina Anaquin of Argentina demonstrated what dance looks like when it is in your DNA. Her dynamic, joyful and sensuous solo performance was playfully uplifting and powerful. And then the floor belonged to Cruz from Cuba. This was a game changer. To the men of Adelaide, you all need to learn how to dance like this. It looks like it's got to be good for the health. With grace and agility, Cruz owned the dancefloor, spinning, and backflipping for his captivated audience.
People of all backgrounds love connecting on the dancefloor
The brainchild of Natalie Stansfield, La Bomba Productions has been one of Australia's premier Latin dance schools since 1999. They offer the greatest diversity of Latin street dance styles, appealing to people of all cultures with students and teachers coming from Central America and the Caribbean, South America, South Africa, South East Asia, Europe, and Australia. La Bomba specialise in presenting dance workshops with interstate and international instructors.
Something about the music, percussive beats, and lively connection with others that brings out something magical in every BODY. A new year is upon us, and that means time to step onto the dance floor and learn something new. Or reconnect with your passion of dance.
Feel the rhythm, reach out to the extended hand, inviting you to step and spin with abandon, hair flying, feet gliding, hips swaying, letting your light shine from within.