The Reno International Dance Expo made its inaugural debut at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, USA over May 10-12. The event was hosted by the world-famous Rodney "Rodchata" Acquino (http://www.rodchata.com/). This was primarily a bachata festival, though salsa, kizomba, and zouk were also featured. The weekend opened with a preparty on May 9. Early arrivals were able to mingle with each other and the instructors. From Friday to Sunday, there were daily workshops taught by 40+ instructors from four continents. Attendees of the preparty met the instructors early and could better navigate the multiple parallel workshop tracks. My favorite instructor was Marcela Cardenas of Sweden. Her Saturday class was about how to be a better leader in bachata. She likened the hand-hold connection between the leader and follower to a joystick in a video game; the position of the arm tells the follower what to do. This is useful for steering the follower forward or backward, as shown in the figure below. Marcela also emphasized the importance of the leader's firm connection with the follower's shoulder blade, such as in circular movements. One of the most popular classes was the Saturday bachata session by Alex and Desiree. Below is a photo from the class. The pool party happened on Saturday afternoon at the Grand Sierra's large outdoor pool. Below are some pool party photos. On Friday and Saturday night were performances by amateur and world-renowned professionals. Below are snapshots from my favorite performances.
Photo above: In clockwise order, the performers are Anthony & Carla of Spain(dancing bachata), Alex & Desiree of New York (dancing bachata), Alejandro & Erica of Los Angeles (dancing bachata), Marcela Cardenas of Sweden (dancing bachata), Alex & Kim of San Francisco (dancing salsa).
Finally, and most importantly, social dancing took place in
four separate rooms (salsa, bachata, kizomba, zouk) until 6am.
The guest instructors did a great job dancing and interacting
the social dancers throughout the night.
Photo above: A sample of the social dancing.
Bottom left: Alex and Desiree leading a late night line dance.
Bottom middle: Alejandro and Erica dancing.
Bottom right: Marcela Cardenas is dancing with a lucky guy.
Based on crowd reaction, this event was a huge success.
The party resumes next year, May 15-18, 2020.
Passes are already on sale at http://www.RenoDanceExpo.com.
Within 48 hours of passes for next year going on sale,
over 20% of the attendees rebooked for next year.