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New Zealand Dancers attending the Asia Open Dance Tour 2024 - NZBDC Newsletter March 2024

Updated: Mar 28

From right to left: Amy, Enrique, Ayumi, Asher, Carey Ann, and Simon

In February and March this year, Enrique Johns & Amy Horner, Asher Robb & Ayumi Greene, Simon and Carey-Ann Barber, along with Evelyn Do attended the 2024 Asia Open Dance Tour Events in Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China. It was a wonderful adventure with many long lasting memories. Below is a lovely article from Amy & Enrique on some of their experiences. Thank you Enrique & Amy for giving New Zealanders the opportunity to experience this from your point of view.

"The lead-up to our Asian Open Dance Tour was a whirlwind of activity, filled with intense training sessions, teaching commitments, dress fittings, and fundraising efforts. Each task was a stepping stone towards turning our dreams into reality.

Our journey commenced in Tokyo, Japan, where we spent four exhilarating days immersing ourselves in the vibrant energy of the city. Navigating the bustling Tokyo trains with two large suitcases each was no easy feat, but once we arrived at our hotel, we wasted no time diving into sightseeing. Our first stop was the iconic Shibuya Scramble Crossing, followed by a practice session at a hidden gem of a dance studio, where we received a warm welcome from the locals. Competition day was a spectacle held in a beautiful hotel ballroom, where the atmosphere and talent level were unparalleled. Following the competition, we had the privilege of taking lessons with the esteemed Massimo Arcolin & Lara Z Arcolinova at another charming studio.

Asher & Ayumi

Next, we journeyed to Taipei, Taiwan, accompanied by our personal tour guides, Alex & Sandy, who made exploring the city a breeze. Despite a rocky bus ride, we checked into our hotel and registered for the upcoming competition before indulging in some mouthwatering local cuisine. The competition took place in a grand arena, offering a unique experience, especially with the addition of a Rising Star Category. Afterward, we visited a stunning hidden gem studio for a dream-come-true lesson for Eve & Enrique with the world's number one, Ina Jeliazkova.

Enrique, Evelyn, and Current World Champion Ina Jeliazkova

Our adventure continued in Seoul, South Korea, where we faced a short stay

but unforgettable experiences. Despite a delayed fight and battling food poisoning, we

checked into our hotel in the wee hours before gearing up for the competition. Held in a luxurious 7-star hotel ballroom, the event was on a whole new level, with the Professional Latin final leaving a lasting impression. The following day, we explored the competition hotel, they had an amusement park in the hotel - a true marvel!

Arriving in Shanghai, China, we anticipated three days of workshops and a cocktail event, which unfortunately got cancelled last minute. Nevertheless, we made the most of our time by training at the prestigious Cimen Lin Bing Academy, courtesy of our coach Karen Hardy and her student friend Lin Bing. The Academy left us in awe with its state-of-the-art facilities and friendly atmosphere.

Enrique Johns & Amy Horner

Competition day in Shanghai was an intimate affair in a cozy hotel ballroom, filled with talented dancers and an electrifying atmosphere. We were very privileged to dance as we were suffering from illnesses as were many other dancers. But the show must go on.

After the competitions concluded, we had a few extra days in Shanghai due to a flight delay, which we spent relaxing, indulging in delicious food, and reflecting on our incredible experiences.

Our Asian Open Dance Tour was truly mind-blowing, filled with invaluable lessons, unforgettable moments, and meaningful connections across the globe. We wholeheartedly recommend the tour to anyone seeking a transformative dance experience!"

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