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Salsa into the New Year with La Bomba
Ola! Another year done and dusted, and what better way to send off 2016 than with a Latino New Year's Eve party filled with Latino music and dance.
Dressed in our finest La Isla Bonita outfits inspired by a tropical Caribbean-style cruise, we headed to the Gov to celebrate New Year's Eve, Latino style. Guests flocked to the stage to learn some dance moves from La Bomba's experienced teachers, who gave a step-by-step showcase on how to salsa the right way. These beginner techniques helped us inexperienced dancers throughout the evening, as a mix of Spanish, Cuban and Portuguese music got our feet moving.
To show us how it's really done, we were spoilt with an outstanding performance by La Bomba's highly talented dancers, who brought their passion and dynamism to the stage and with every move made. With all eyes affixed on the performers, it was impossible to sway our attention. I don't think I've ever seen such a powerful dance performance in my life! Perhaps one of the best parts about the evening was the mix of all ages, including kids, which made for a fantastic family friendly outing and atmosphere. The kids enjoyed the pinata that was filled with yummy sweet treats, and the adults won a champagne if they were the lucky finders of a glow stick. It was great to see a range of diverse people enjoy a night of culture, music, and dance to bid farewell to another year.
After a few tequila shots, we danced to Carlito's Way - Australia's finest 8 piece Cuban Salsa band from Victoria. The band is fronted by Carlos Perez, a skilled vocalist/percussionist who graduated from the National School of Music of Cuba, Havana. The traditional music, inspired by Carlos' home in Cuba captivated the audience and created all around good vibes. Although I have never danced salsa professionally in my life, I couldn't help but move my hips to the beautiful and upbeat rhythm of Carlito's Way. Samba Showgirls braced the stage toward the end of the evening, where they interacted with the audience with their glitzy and embellished costumes, striking physiques, and astounding dance moves that are perhaps the trickiest out of all the Latino dance styles. I was lucky enough to gain a close glimpse of the movements, but they were too quick for me to pickup. Although, it has inspired me to visit South America sometime soon.
As the midnight countdown approached, guests headed inside to where the balloon drop would take place and we were handed streamers to throw about as we rolled into 2017. I've experienced lots of New Year's Eve parties around Adelaide, but none quite like La Bomba's Latin Extravaganza. Balloons floated as we shouted Happy New Year's Eve, and large inflatable fruit pieces bounced atop our heads. A burst of happiness and vivacity boasted the Gov, and it was such a fun way to welcome the New Year.
La Bomba's New Year's Eve fiestas have become well-known over the years, and they will undoubtedly continue for many years to come! I recommend booking a table with friends and family, grab a bite to eat and salsa the night away with your loved ones. If you're interested in learning Salsa, Bachata, Samba or another genre, check out La Bomba for more information about their classes.