There was a sense of long awaited catharsis this past Thursday night at ‘An Evening of Latin Exposure’ as a large dance troupe of ten worldwide acclaimed dancers and choreographers took the stage to perform a blazing set of the most popular Latin dance styles at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dhaka.
The event was a glamorous and glitzy affair with the who’s who of Dhaka city, dressed to the nines to attend this invite-only event sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, Qatar Airways, Mercedes Benz, Direct Fresh and Jarwa House, with event partners Dhaka Tribune and Daily Ittefaq.
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Choreographed by veteran British dancers, Kelly and Stacy Franklin, the ten-member dance troupe flew in from the UK to perform a body of dances ranging from classical ballroom to urban street dance. The crowd was hypnotised from the start. The show started with a bang – all ten dancers twirled, kicked and leapt on stage with such high energy and precision that the crowd was rendered speechless. Following the fantastic start, each dance style was introduced. The sexy tango and lively mambo titillated the audience and when salsa swag was performed to the current international musical sensation – ‘Despacito’ – the crowd went wild.
A total of nine dance styles were presented and the show lasted for approximately two hours. The audience was enthralled. At the conclusion of the show, Kelly and Stacy Franklin, wearing identical fiery red gowns and sparkling in Jarwa House diamonds, said thank you to the sponsors and organisers, and had a raffle draw for participating audience members. The first prize was two round-trip tickets to any destination of the world on Qatar Airways.
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Radisson Blu was the host of the event and Head Chef Jed Archdeacon created a special Latin themed three course menu to showcase the diversity and complexity of Latin cuisine. Each course had a variety of samplers of different dishes from different countries. Our culinary journey started in Andalusia, Spain and ended on the mountain tops of Peru.
The food was scrumptious, the show mesmerising and the energy of the room was electric. The dancers also had amazing things to say about performing in Dhaka. Matt Harris, the dance instructor on the feature film Beauty and the Beast
said “performing in Dhaka has been an absolute privilege. The audience was so tuned in and appreciative.” Vladimir, who is originally from Latvia and now based in the UK, said “it’s been a wonderful experience. The people of Bangladesh are so warm and friendly and go to great lengths to make sure you are comfortable and well taken care of. I can’t wait to come back!”
Mishal Karim, founder of SpaceDawg, which organised the event said, “The response from the crowd was overwhelming and we feel proud to have organised such a high calibre show. We hope to continue to set the benchmark for events organised in Bangladesh.”