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    With workshops, pool parties and international artistes, Latin Festival Madras launches edition two

    There will be semba, rueda, salsa, bachata, kizomba and more at the second edition of the Latin Festival Madras, which begins today. Organised by Salsa Madras, it will be co-hosted by Vineet Bangera from Mumbai and Gupson Pierre from Singapore. Kicking off with some surfing and dancing by the beach at Covelong Point Social Surf School, the action will shift to The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway tomorrow. 18.22“Dance is not just about technique and competitions, it’s also a great way to socialise. I believe that is one of the reasons why the dance culture is booming in Chennai. I organise at least three socials a week and we have the largest group of kizomba dancers in the country,” says Arun Srinivasan, the man behind Salsa Madras, adding that while last year they had just 60 registrations, “this year we touched 100 a few days after we announced the fest.”
    18.23The highlight of the event will be the presence of over 10 international artistes who will be conducting workshops and boot camps, besides performing. “Latin dance is relatively new in India (introduced around 15 years ago) and we don’t have access to top dancers all the time. Moreover, while television has popularised it, it has also led to people learning improper techniques. So festivals like this helps expose people to the right forms,” says Bangera, who runs Dance Central and has trained celebrities like Kangana Ranaut, Sonali Bendre and Meiyang Chang. The three-day festival is open to all, and to make sure the fun never ends, they also have themed parties that will go on till the wee hours.
    Rs 3,300 for a day and Rs 6,600 for the entire event. From 10 am to 1 am. At The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway. Details: latinfestivalmadras.in

    Surya Praphulla Kumar

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