In summer 2018/19 the Maid & Magpie Hotel in Magill, affectionatley known as ‘The Maid’ hosted a Latin night in the beer garden. It ran for a few months and was a real hit with the Latin dance community in Adelaide. Here’s a run down so you can reminisce if you were lucky enough to be there or get a feel of what to expect at Latin dance nights if you were not.
After years of street Latin studios in Adelaide going head-to-head with branded events at random times of the year, two dance enthusiasts got together and created Espirito Latino to try and bridge the gap. Nikolina and Eleni have worked tirelessly to get this new event up and running and I am happy to report that the opening night was a huge success! Well done ladies.
The vision; to create and run dance events where multiple dance studios can come together and enjoy a ‘white label’ style event creating a melting pot of studios dancing together harmoniously. They have created yet another high quality dance event here in Adelaide.
The QuickSteps Team was lucky enough to be invited along to see what all the fuss was about. We arrived to find our names on the door and were treated to full VIP service all night 🙂
We quickly found our table and got the bubbly flowing. After all, it’s important to stay hydrated whilst dancing right? Cheers!
The Salsa gods were smiling down on us with the forecast a sweltering 40 degrees! A hot, sweaty day leads to a balmy and fabulous evening… perfect for lounging in the beer garden at The Maid and dancing to Latin beats.
By 8:30pm the beer garden was packed. You could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air!
The spectacular turn out was helped in part by the free, open salsa class teaching LA Style salsa. The class was upbeat, entertaining and easy to follow making it perfect for beginners. The organisers are planning on running a similar class to kick off the event each week. These classes will equip you with the basics to get up and join in later in the night rather remaining a spectator.
What is Street Latin you ask? Generally used to descibe dance styles that are still closely linked to their Latin American roots, with salsa being the most popular by far. The primary street Latin styles danced in Adelaide are salsa, bachata and merengue with zouk and kizomba making their way on to the scene in recent years.
Dj Lobo kept a good mix of salsa, bachata, zouk and kizomba coming all night. He even threw a cheeky cha cha in there, which, needless to say had the QuickSteps Team up and out of their seats straight away!
As with most Latin Nights it’s good idea to get there early if you want to dance on a floor with more space.
Dance floor at 9pm…
Dance Floor at 10:30pm…
With more and more dancers arriving every hour by 10pm the dance floor was overflowing and spilling out into the beer garden.
For me personally it was a great time to catch up with lots of familiar faces and old friends from the industry. I left The Maid around midnight with very sore feet a smile on my face!
Great job Espirito Latino crew and we will see you soon at one of your many other upcomig events!
***Espirito Latino have a heavy social media presence and this is the best way to keep track of their event sand make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action!
- Salsa Y Mambo Festival Jan 18th & 19th – workshops, shows and afterparty
- Sunday Latin Social – Sunday Jan 12th at The loft Adelaide, Grenfell st.