Putting Aruba on the World’s Dance Map

About ten years ago I decided to become the greatest Salsa dancer that ever lived.

After taking hundreds of lessons from the fabulous Regie and his crew, and buying red suade dance shoes from a master-cobbler in Buenos Aires, I totally failed at becoming a champion on the dance floor, but I remember what dance does, it makes people happy.

And that is why you should know that for the first time in Aruba’s history, a four-day international dance festival will be held here, in the fall.

The first edition of the Aruba International Dance Congress will take place from Thursday, September 1st, to Sunday, September 4th, 2022, at various locations on the island.

With beach parties, dance workshops, presentations and dance competitions, it promises to be the biggest Latin event of the year. From bachata, kizomba, salsa to social dancing, teachers and DJs from the US, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Aruba have already been confirmed and more and more names are being added to the roster of stars.

More than twenty passionate Latin dance teachers, including the American duo Alex & Desiree, Juan Matos, Tomas Guerrero, Evelyn ‘La Negra’, will be giving dance workshops where young and old learn to dance. Dance Congress visitors can immediately try out their just-learned dance moves on the dance floor during the dance parties.

In the run-up to the event, several warm-up parties will also be held at various locations on the island.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks, more information can also be found on the website www.arubadancecongress.com.

Don’t miss out, join the Aruba One Happy Dance Experience in September!

Tickets can be ordered now, with a discount for early bookers.

Organizer Anthony Mezas, a DJ and dance teacher has been teaching adults and kids on the island since 2017, contemporary dance, belly dance, dancehall, anything goes, his goal is to bring the Dutch, Latin and Aruban dance world together. Naturally, with a sprinkle of light-footed visitors.

If you remember the old dance days of Mr Jazz,  Hips and Casibari social dances, you know what I mean.


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July 06, 2022
Rona Coster