This year I was given the opportunity to host the first virtual Dutch Afro Latin Dance Championship, the DALDC. It all started when I became the Dutch Salsa dance champion in the category ‘Master on1’ back in 2017. The next year I was MC-ing the Dutch Salsa Dance Championships together with Annetje Riel, who is the organizer of that event. In 2019 I’ve co-written and also presented the new rules of the competition to the jurors. This year – in 2021 – the international renowned and award winning event producer Eric Lalta of Fantasia Entertainment asked me to host the first DALDC together with Steffie van Kuppevelt, who is one of the CEO’s of Bachata Passion Dance Company, and Annetje Riel who organized the first European Salsa Festivals back in the 90’s. This is a brand-new competition, in which everybody was exploring some new roads because of the Corona Pandemic. Eric and Annetje created this competition so we can all keep dancing, despite the difficult times in this world.
The dancers had the privilege to use the Most Advanced Dance Competition application in the world: Holland is the first country to use this application and to test its success. The application they used made it possible for the dancers to record the video only one time, to give them the feeling of a regular live competition where you also only have one chance to dance. #oneshot
Because the corona rules had recently been eased in the Netherlands, we were fortunately still able to organize a live show for the event. The municipal theater ‘Het Park’ in the city of Hoorn was rented, where all participants got the chance to perform their choreography live in front of a live audience.
Anne Elise Wouters
One of my favorite salsa dancers in the Netherlands, Anne Elise Wouters, also participated at the DALDC, in the Female Salsa Solo Division. I’ve personally seen her growing as a very talented young dancer in Amsterdam. She has lived in New York City for the last 5 years, training and performing with Yamuleé Dance Company, one of the best salsa dance companies in the world. Now she travels the world, performing and teaching all over, to share her passion for salsa dancing with everybody. It is an honor to have had her at this event with us! Want to learn more about her? You can visit her website, her blog and her Instagram page for more info.
The first DALDC was a fenomenal succes! A great thanks goes to all the participants, the DALDC production crew, the jurors, coaches and all the volunteers who all worked very hard to make this wonderful event possible. Thank you for being the light and hope to all of the Dutch afro latin dance community! At some point we had to stop the amount of viewers wanting to join in on the livestreams. So much poisitive reviews! We’re already busy planning for the next event. And maybe we’ll also come with a pleasant surprise for the international afro latin dance community. Maybe! But in the meantime, I will certainly keep you posted on the latest news. And check the DALDC website of the DALDC once in a while for more recent information.
Que viva la salsa!