On April 28th, it's time for the Leidance Gala! Magical masquerade, dancing all night long, and a beautiful location... It's will be a night to remember. On Saturday April 28th we'll have a party at Dekker Warmond and dance ballroom in one room and salsa, bachata, and kizomba in another. In a few days the pre-sale starts! You can buy early bird tickets for €12 (members) of €15 (non-members). You can also buy your ticket at the door for €15 (members) or €18 (non-members). Make sure you'll be there and don't forget to wear your magnificent mask... Hope to see you all there.
A night in Havana.. That was the theme of the Leiden United party. Leiden United is a students association for internationals studying in Leiden. To make their party extra amazing, they asked Leidance to give a salsa workshop. Of course we happily obliged and it's safe to say the workshop was a succes! In just one hour the guests learned the basics of salsa and they danced this beautiful dance the rest of the night at the party.
In a couple of weeks it's time for NTDS (Nederlands Tournooi voor Dansende Studenten). With the help of Robin from DanceFit, who gave us his place for an afternoon, we could help prepare our team! We learned how to enter and leave the dance area and had some other essential tips on how the weekend would progress. Some of our members already have had years of NTDS experience, but for many of them this time will be their first so we hope that this workshop gave them an idea what to expect. Esther also introduced the contestants to Nalim, our pride and joy. We learnt a lot this afternoon, so thank you Esther and Reinier for giving a wonderful and fun workshop! We wish our team lots of luck and…
Amazing dancers Marcel Vos and Rozetta Kats came to Leidance to give us a unforgettable workshop. We danced waltz, tango and quickstep while they gave tips about dancing bigger and covering more distance across the dance floor while making it look more and more professional. Tricky techniques were broken down to simple pieces for easier learning, and Marcel demonstrated both humour, patience and ingenuity throughout the workshop. After the workshop there was time for some free dancing, while Marcel and Rozetta gave everyone some personal tips to improve even more. The big difference in how everyone was dancing at the beginning and at the end of the workshop was really great to see. We learned so much!
Christmas is a holiday filled with cozy dinners with friends and family, so we organised our own Leidance family dinner date at La Bota and encouraged everyone to dress themselves in true holiday fashion. Jan Matteo showed up with a little Santa hat, while others were dressed in a sparkly way. Here, we enjoyed a lovely dinner accompanied with some nice drinks after Marijke gave a small speech in regards to the past year and the next. The food was delicious, and nothing but empty plates were carried to the kitchen afterwards. After dinner, some people went to the North End Pub and continued the festivities there with some cider and beer. It was a great evening!
At the 15th of December we had a 'Light' themed party at Quintus. Any sparkly, glittery and/or decorated-with-lights outfit was welcome at this Leidance feast! There were two rooms; one for salsa/bachata/merengue/kizomba, one for tango/waltz/chacha/rumba/quickstep/jive. Something extra was going on in this second room too. Those who were looking for a partner to dance the second or third hour of ballroom classes with, could do 'speeddating' here. At the entrance everyone received a glowstick to wear around the wrist. The colour indicated if someone was looking for a partner or not. And despite a small hiccup before the party started (the second room was full of stuff from Quintus and it had to be moved before te party started, which meant work-out time for the Board) it was a succes!…
At the start of this month, we had no idea that Friesenrock was even a thing. Our member Simon brought our attention to it and we decided to plan a workshop about it. We learned that it is a dance that is popular in Germany, intended for just having fun to all kinds of music. Also, instead of complicated footwork, it is a dance that relies heavily on twists and turns. After some of the moves we finally understood why it was called Knopentanz, as more than once we found our limbs being tangled. Luckily we didn’t get really dizzy and we even tried a few lifts. It was fun to try Friesenrock, thanks to Michael for giving the workshop and Simon for giving us this idea!
Dressing up as creepy as you can, dancing latin all night long, having fun with fellow-Leidancers... What's not to love about the 'Kizombie' party?! Many members really made an effort and showed up in creepy costumes. Thanks to Gino and Andrew the music was on point as well. De Eeuwige Student was our host for this party and the Board turned this venue into a scary dance place. If you want to see pictures of the 'Kizombie' party, click here!
It was time for our lovely first years to get to know each other and the senior members. What’s a better occasion to do so than to have dinner together? Everybody brought some delicious food (seriously guys, I still feel full) and we had a lovely evening. Some senior members showed up for dessert, which consisted of ice cream and homemade brownies. We thank you all for coming and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!