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Caramelo Latin Dance at Salsa Beach Splash Festival 2014


The Caramelo team just returned from an amazing week at the Salsa Beach Splash Festival in Sibenik, Croatia where they had a fantastic time performing, dancing and partying together.


All three of our Caramelo student teams performed at the festival, the culmination of 12 weeks of hard work training with Caramelo's Shaan and Danie. The Pro team also performed with newest member Ovgu making her international debut. All the teams did an amazing job and we are very proud of them. One of the best things about being able to offer these opportunities to travel and perform at international events is the fun that we have travelling and spending time together, the week was jam-packed full of laughs and funny moments.




Caramelo Latin Dance Student Team at Croatian Salsa Beach Splash Festival


During the daytime we split our time between making the most of the gorgeous weather, relaxing by the beach and swimming in the sea and taking part in some challenging workshops with amazing and inspiring teachers including Franklin Diaz, Rodrigo & Selene, Shaan and Karel Flores. In the evenings we had some great dinners together, including one evening at the Dalmatian Village where we discovered Vinh belonged to a local band!




We partied hard at night with many of us dancing until sunrise. The music, great atmosphere and quality of dancers made it nearly impossible to go to bed, even when our feet were throbbing! We loved it when they opened up the sides of the tent and you could see the beach and sea right outside the dance floor, amazing to see the sun coming up while you are still rocking on the dance floor!




On Friday night the team travelled to Sibenik town where the Salsa and Cha Cha team performed in the town square to an audience of around 1000 people. Both teams did a fantastic job and made us very proud. The atmosphere was electric and definitely an experience not to be forgotten.


Sibenik's Historical Town Square

Caramelo Latin Dance Performances at Salsa Beach Splash festival 2014


Salsa Beach Splash Festival 2014


 On stage performing Cha Cha Boogaloo

Caramelo Cha Cha Boogaloo Student Team Performance - Salsa Beach Splash 2014


Caramelo Cha Cha Boogaloo Student Performance Team in Salsa Beach Splash Festival 2014


Salsa Student Team Perfoming





Caramelo Salsa Student Performance Team at Salsa Beach Splash Festival 2014





Caramelo Salsa Student Team Performing at Salsa Beach Splash Festival in Croatia


Teams on Stage at the end of the shows




Check out the live performance videos of the Salsa and Cha Cha Boogaloo Student teams below!





On Saturday Shaan with Danie had loads of fun teaching packed out classes in the main tent. Even though Cha Cha was the first class of the day it was full of people eager to learn. Who needs sleep anyway?! The classes were hot hot hot (and not just because of the weather!)




Saturday night was ladies night, with the Caramelo ladies student team and the pro ladies performing on stage. It was another fantastic night with great performances from both teams and brilliant support from the audience. What an honour to share the stage with the amazing Franklin Diaz and Rodrigo Cortazar, their show was incredible! After the shows we celebrated with some mojitos before heading to the salsa tent where DJ Shaan played an awesome set that kept everyone firmly on the floor, dancing their feet off!


Ladies Styling Student Team getting ready.....


.... and then giving a stellar performance on Stage!




Caramelo Pro Team Ladies 




Sunday was all about no work and all play with the highly anticipated pool party where we all let our hair down and partied hard. Once again Shaan was on the decks and delivered one great tune after another, keeping us dancing for ages in the amazing pools!


The amazing Pool at the Pool Party



 DJ Shaan heating it up on the decks at the Pool party




The festival was extremely well organised and the atmosphere throughout was incredible with dancers enjoying the fantastic workshops, music and parties to a stunning backdrop of sun, sea and sand. We had the most incredible week, the dancers worked so hard and did an amazing job. We had so many funny moments together, including a spice girls reunion on the last night, stay tuned for our remake of 'Wannabe'!


Massive thank you to Inti, Martina and the whole SBS team for hosting all the Caramelo Teams and big congratulations to all the performers. It has been an honour to share this incredible experience with you all and can't wait for the next adventure.


If you would like to join us check out our new Student performing courses starting with the auditions next week in August!


Big thanks to all of the photographers: Andy, Steph, Danie, Piotr, Vinh, Claire-Louise, Iwona, Krzysztof Hudaszek, Vinko Perticevic

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