What's a Winter Salsa Carnival?
When Carnival first began in the 1500’s, it was celebrated from December 26 and reached its climax the day before Ash Wednesday, also known as "Mardi Gras" (lit.Fat Tuesday). During the period of Carnival, people wore masks and could go incognito as they danced, sang and played games in the cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways of Venice, including Piazza San Marco. The mask wearing immediately dissolved social division, creating an atmosphere of ‘anything is possible’… luring everyone into permissible excess…
Recently revived in the 80’s, Carnival is known to create intrigue and mystery… by wearing masks and costumes representing different characters, such as Harlequin, Pierrot, Pulcinella, Pantalone, Doctor Balanzone, court jesters, etc. These were characters seen in improv companies that sprung in the 1600’s, who would mock the courts and the political idiosyncrasies.
Salsa and carnival go well together as they are both about colourful spirits expressing themselves, enjoying each other and allowing pleasure, music and movement to guide the senses. Salsa music and dance have become an international phenomenon, accessible to all cultures, transcending all barriers. Since the inauguration of the first world salsa event in Puerto Rico in 1997, salsa events have sprung up in almost every capital of the world. Hundreds to thousands of salsa lovers attend these festivals!
A Winter Salsa Carnival will bring together professional instructors and performers, amateurs, intermediate and advanced social salsa dancers of all nationalities who congregate to showcase their talent and have fun on the dance floor. It also gives the Performance Arts lovers an opportunity to witness their Canadian talents as well as have an event in the spirit of Mardi gras, the Venetian Ball and the Brazilian Ball. We hope you get into the spirit of Carnival March 17th-19th, 2006!
It's going to be a BLAST!!!
If you are interested in performing at the Winter Salsa Carnival please email
Mark-Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a DVD/VHS demo before
Feb 15th, 2006 to the following address:
Winter Salsa Carnival
C/O Mark-Anthony Sheppard
66 Broadway Ave, Apt#107
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1T6
Mark-Anthony & Stephanie