Firstly, Manuel and I wish you all a fantastic and dance-filled 2018 – may you have more time on the dance floor and a year filled with health and happiness!
We are thrilled to make an exciting announcement (no we’re not getting married or having a baby, we’ve already done those). But first, a bit of background…
Candela Latin Dance launched in 2006 and at that time we offered Salsa classes at a few locations around Melbourne. Over the years this passion became our full-time work and we added more classes and dance styles and dedicated the majority of our working life to sharing our love of dance. As much as we love teaching, we also discovered we have a knack for running events, both big and small, and like many of you, we have incredible memories from our Latin Dance Getaways, the Portsea Summer Latin Festival, numerous Kizomba parties, The Latin Club Melbourne and of course the Australian Kizomba Festival which was the first of its kind in the region.
Many of you in the Latin Dance scene have been a part of these classes and events. We have been blessed to see so many of you make lifelong friends, meet a partner, get a chance to dance with your dance idols from overseas, watch your dancing improve and soar – and we’ve even seen a few dance babies born throughout these years!
For Manuel and I, as well as creating these unforgettable events, our days are also actively filled teaching private lessons, Zumba classes, Baby Salsa and dance programs for Seniors. We also teach classes in schools and for community groups, at fitness and community centres. We conduct corporate team building sessions and are regularly booked for private functions. Manuel is well known as one of Melbourne’s leading Latin DJs and has a long and highly regarded DJing career spanning over 20 years. We travel regularly to teach and perform interstate and even overseas to participate in festivals and events or to train interstate teachers.
After than more than a decade of living our passion, we have decided to bring together all the facets of our work under one umbrella. Some of you know us only as your Salsa or Kizomba teacher, some of you know us as the crazy couple jumping around on the stage at Zumba, some of you know us because we taught Baby Salsa for your mum’s group or did a show at your Christmas party.
For a while we have felt that we weren’t properly showcasing all the activities and services that we have to offer and we wanted to best reflect the diversity and scope of what we do with all our services easy-to-find, under one umbrella.
So, while Candela will be the seed that sowed our dance company, we will now have all our classes, events and services under our brand new name:
LATIN DANCE TRIBE
We are super excited about our new name and the upcoming improvements to our website and social media platforms. Our vision is that our website can contain information about all the various aspects of our work where you can all find the information you need. We want our website and social media to be a resource for you, providing music, articles, dance tips or other relevant information that will help you wherever you are on your dance journey.
If you are reading this, it is because you are part of our Tribe, our dance family, and you have shared dance experiences with us. And of course our Tribe is a friendly one where we welcome newbies with open arms and friendly smiles.
We have a lot of exciting things in store for 2018 and we hope to see many of our Tribe dancing around the campfire with us again (both literally and metaphorically – the Latin Dance Getaway Bonfire Party is back!)
Florencia and Manuel
Latin Dance Tribe, January 2018