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Dreams Come True For SIM Salsa En Soul Dancers

By Ether Kum, Student Development Programme Executive

SIM student club Salsa En Soul participated in the Singapore Latin Extravaganza held from 24 to 27 August 2017. The four-day world class Salsa Festival featured performances and masterclasses by Salsa professionals from all over the world. It was a dream come true when SIM Salsa En Soul dancers shared the stage with their dance idols and learnt from them at the masterclasses.

SIM Salsa En Soul, proud representatives of SIM at the world-class Salsa Festival.
SIM Salsa En Soul, proud representatives of SIM at the world-class Salsa Festival.

The ladies of SIM Salsa En Soul dancing their solo part in “El Timbalero’.
The ladies of SIM Salsa En Soul dancing their solo part in “El Timbalero’.

‘El Timbalero’ is choreographed by alumni, Aaron Chew, and Lee Shu Wei.
‘El Timbalero’ is choreographed by alumni, Aaron Chew, and Lee Shu Wei.

All smiles after a successful show!
All smiles after a successful show!

SIM Salsa En Soul family, supporting each other at the Singapore Latin Extravaganza! Kudos to Aaron Chew (in brown blazer) and Lee Shu Wei (right of Aaron, black halter top) on presenting their choreography!
SIM Salsa En Soul family, supporting each other at the Singapore Latin Extravaganza! Kudos to Aaron Chew (in brown blazer) and Lee Shu Wei (right of Aaron, black halter top) on presenting their choreography!

Besides performing, the members also attended masterclasses conducted by the world-renowned Salsa dancers from Cuba, Mexico, Poland, and Norway. It was indeed a fruitful weekend of dancing, learning and performing as a total of 22 SIM dancers took part in this highly anticipated festival. Upon returning to the studio, SIM Salsa En Soul aims to continue to provide performance and choreography opportunities for its members. The team also plans to conduct introductory classes for the student population in SIM and organise events for tertiary institutions to grow the dance community.

The journey to the stage was all but an easy one. The alumni choreographers Aaron Chew and Lee Shu Wei toiled for hours to prepare the choreography while dancers trained an average of four days a week to perfect it. All the hard work finally paid off on stage!

Congratulations on a successful showcase!

Here’s what members of the Salsa En Soul Executive Committee had to say:

“SLE was amazing! I got to meet people of similar attitudes towards Latin street dancing, and learn from world class artistes with tremendous passion in teaching and educating dancers.” – Gabriel Lee, University of Wollongong, President

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ “SLE is truly an unforgettable experience! It was my first time performing on an international stage and I am proud to have represented SIM. From the “jaw-dropping” shows, to the workshops and masterclasses, this experience has been incredibly inspiring and touching to witness. Thanks to Student Development for giving us this opportunity, we are the only university that attended and performed for this event!” – Fong Ni Xan, Charlotte, RMIT University, Vice-President

"I am very proud to have represented SIM in this grand, eye-opening Latin Dance Festival! This is just the first step; I hope to be able to share my passion for Salsa and the Latin dance culture to students of SIM, and if possible, Singapore!” – Genevieve Tay, RMIT University, Marketing and Public Relations IC

“The world renowned artistes at SLE did not just impress us on stage but also through their workshops. It was also a great opportunity for me to gain invaluable exposure when I performed on an international stage with the SIM team” – Jolene Ng, RMIT University, Treasurer

Posted online, 16 November 2017