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Dance Al Fresco this Weekend!

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DANCE AL FRESCO returns for its second and final weekend this summer. The weather reports I’ve heard are predicting dry afternoons with comfortable temperatures.

On SATURDAY AUGUST 7TH, we’ll be Cha-Cha-Cha-ing and Quickstep-ing at THE BROADWALK BALLROOM, a mix of ballroom, Latin American, Salsa, Argentine Tango, line dancing and sequence dancing, with music by DJ JACKY LOGAN of “Jacky’s Jukebox” (www.jackysjukebox.co.uk). At 4:30pm there will be a ballroom demonstration performed by top UK amateur ten-dancers DANNY STOWELL & KATE MOORE.

On SUNDAY AUGUST 8TH, we’ll be tango-ing and milonga-ing at TANGO AL FRESCO, an Argentine-Tango-only event with music by DJ NIKKI PREDDY of “Dance Tango” (www.dancetango.co.uk). Around 4:30pm-5pm there will be a demonstration by JUNIOR CERVILA & NATALIA ROYA. This is Junior’s first visit to London in many years, and Junior and Natalia are currently appearing in “Tanguera” at Sadlers Wells (www.sadlerswells.com/show/Tanguera).

As usual, on both days there will be a class for beginners at 1pm, and dancing from 2pm-6pm. The cost is £10 to dance (including class and afternoon dancing), and all proceeds are donated to The Royal Parks Foundation for tree planting in Regent’s Park. Details of the events can be found on the Dance Al Fresco website (www.dancealfresco.org – please note the new web address).

DANCE AL FRESCO DOCUMENTARY

Two friends of mine making a small documentary film about Dance Al Fresco during the weekend. They have asked me to ask you:

Do you have a Dance Al Fresco story? Did a glimpse of people dancing in the park spark a passionate interest the dance and led you to learn it? Has learning to dance affected your life in a big way, even changed you? Has dancing created new connections in your life? Did you meet your soul mate on the dance floor? Are you transformed when you step into your dance shoes and take to the floor?

If so, and would like to share you story, whether it be ballroom, tango or Latin, please email Kele at kele@dancealfresco.org or Ana Shorter at ana.shorter@gmail.com right away. Please let us know if you would be willing to take part in a brief interview for the documentary (interviews will take place during Al Fresco). It is important to know in advance who we will be speaking with during the weekend. Thank you.

If you do not wish to be filmed at all, please let me know when you arrive at the park, and the filmmakers will take that into consideration.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Kele Baker

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