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The 2011 Dallas Int'l Bachata Festival at Park Inn by Radisson, Oct. 13-16

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It's that time of year. Jorge Elizondo of Bachata Fusion is back again, but this time he brings with him the Dallas International Bachata Festival. The 2011 talent line-up features professionals from across the globe, each individual hand-selected by Jorge to deliver the highest quality of dance instruction to Dallas. It doesn't stop with the dancers, though. The DIBF will also highlight current trends in dance music with intuitive deejays and a live concert.

The Dallas International Bachata Festival runs from Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October16 at Park Inn by Radisson, Dallas Love Field. Festivities will commence with the official pre-party at the hotel on Thursday night where 15 of the event's professional instructors will be in attendance. Jorge Elizondo and Savan Prak, "The Tao of Bachata," will be in Dallas a day early to teach a free lesson at Stratos Greek Taverna's weekly Wednesday bachata night.

Workshops kick off on Friday at noon with a three-hour bachata bootcamp for beginners. Saturday and Sunday hold more workshops, more dances and more variety in style. With classes in Dominican, Caribbean, Estilo Madrid and urban bachata, the DIBF proves that there is no one "right" or "wrong" way to dance bachata; it is simply a matter of one's style. New on the itinerary this year is an introduction to Kizomba, an African rhythm swiftly rising in popularity far beyond its Angola origins.

Stunning showcases with performances by the professionals have been arranged for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. DIBF's performers are traveling from as far as Spain to infuse Dallas' dance vocabulary with their respective local flavors. Afterwards is dancing until 3:00 a.m. Sunday night is open dance night - no showcase, strictly social dancing. Dancers will be free to focus on implementing the new moves they've learned while enjoying music selections from seasoned deejays based out of Texas, Colorado and California.

Voz a Voz, flying in from New York, will appear live in concert on Saturday night after the performances. Gio, Ammy and David make up the trio of "Rhythm & Bachata" artists who will engage the audience with their soulful melodies and dance moves. Their vocals range from fluid and silky to rich and husky with unwavering emotion that translates straight to the listener's heart. Native Texans like myself will delight in their rhythmic take on John Michael Montgomery's country classic, "I Swear." Not a country fan? That's okay, maybe you were a fan of the All-4-One version. If not, it still doesn't matter. It's a great song made even better by a passionate bachata beat. Be sure to preview their music video on this page.

There's an abundance of "new" at the 2011 Dallas International Bachata Festival - new workshops, new styles, new dances, new instructors and new performers. Please visit the official website for further information concerning the Dallas International Bachata Festival, including pricing and event schedule. More coverage by Dallas Bachata Examiner to follow. Stay tuned!

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