The Evolution Summer FEST-2014 dance festival will be held in front of the Astana Opera theatre throughout the summer. The festival opened on June 21 for the first time with try outs. It celebrates Latin American dances and is expected to stir interest among the capital’s residents.
“The idea did not emerge spontaneously. For quite some time, there has been a need to combine metropolitan schools and dance studios of different styles,” Indira Koshkarbayeva, director of the social-educational fund Foresight told The Astana Times.
“The main objective of the event is to facilitate mutual exchange and the enrichment of various dances. When a dancer discovers something new and surprising in another style of dance, it improves their own individual style,” she said.
The first event last weekend gathered over 50 dance lovers and even got some media attention with local television stations. The event revolved around the main idea of letting people have fun and enjoy the long Astana sunny summer days.
“Last Saturday, Latino Fest, Punta Cana, a school for social dances, held free salsa classes as well as Cuban style salsa, cha-cha-cha, afrohaus and Kizomba classes,” Koshkarbayeva said.
Latin American dances are very popular in the Central Asian country. Every year, a number of various festivals take place in different cities around the country. This spring, a Brazilian dance festival took place in Almaty where the public enjoyed colorful performances.
The festival’s aim is to gather the best dancing troupes in Astana and also to spread dance in the capital, according to the organisers. It will be held every other weekend with the support of The Astana Opera theatre. More information can be received from Zhanna Shaykhmetova at +7(701)524 69 77.