I was lucky enough to host a first for Silver Star this past weekend...... Latin night at the Saloon!
It started as an idea as soon as I heard that Silver Star was introducing a new feature this year; ‘Saturday Night Live’. The idea was hatched in the summer as we sat brain storming. How could we provide the best in evening entertainment for our guests, while utilising some of our fabulous venues and show casing our local resort area talent? Saturday Night Live was launched as a new event feature for our busy weekends throughout the season.
As an avid dance fanatic it didn’t take me long to start working on a plan to bring two of my most favourite and talented professional dance entertainers up to Silver Star for an evening of Latin dance fever!
Who doesn’t love watching professionals perform in a relaxed atmosphere with a refreshing beverage in hand? It appears many of our guests agreed and as the Saloon filled up with eager smiling faces last Saturday I was so pleased I’d given a new idea a try.
Ruth McGrath and Jens Goerner have danced professional together for just over a year, although the pairs have over 20 years of dance experience. Ruth has danced in Canada for many years and taught locally for the last 10. Jens is a recent arrival in the Okanagan, bringing with him many years of European dance experience having owned a successful dance school in Germany with wife before emigrating.
The couple started by wowing us with their sexy Argentine Tango, danced almost cheek to cheek, intently following the rhythms of the music they transported us to the steamy streets of Buenos Aires where the dance first originated.
By this time the drinks had been flowing and much to my pleasure and surprise I had no shortage of dance novices joining me on the floor for the interactive beginner Salsa lesson. Ruth and Jens started us off by teaching us the rhythm of Salsa and then helped us perfect the basic steps, followed by a couple of moves so we left feeling like Latin masters. Everybody rotated partners, met everyone else and laughed a lot – what more could you ask for?
By the end of the lesson the dance floor was hopping and we all sat back down warm, but happily exhausted to enjoy Ruth and Jens lively Salsa display followed by their sensual Rumba to finish off a truly red hot Latin evening!
Thank you to everyone who took part and for your inspiration – yes, there will be more dance evenings to come, watch the events page for details of a Swing Night coming at the end of February.