Olu Olu Coffee Lounge - back again

Olu Olu Coffee Lounge is back! Join us for a unique blend of coffee, conversation, and dancing. Hosted by the charismatic globetrotter and salsa enthusiast Olu Olu himself, this event promises to be a highlight of the festival!

Who is Olu Olu, and what is it all about?

Olu Olu embodies the essence of a modern-day salsero. A jet-setting, globe-trotting enthusiast, he's not only known for his impeccable fashion sense and love for rum but also for his dedication to salsa. From London to every corner of the globe, he's danced his way across continents, sharing his insights and experiences with salsa lovers everywhere. His Friday Coffee Lounge on Facebook has become a tradition, where he started by casually posting about interesting phenomena he observed in the salsa world. What began as a simple post soon turned into a beloved weekly tradition known as Olu's Friday Coffee Lounge, where salsa enthusiasts eagerly await his posts on controversial topics and lifestyle insights. His sharp wit, intelligence, and keen observations have made him a respected figure in the salsa community.

Join the Conversation

At this year's Coffee Lounge, we're diving into some thought-provoking topics that resonate with the salsa community:

1. Dancing Between Boundaries: Sensual or Sexual?

The rise of 'sensual' styles, while not yet fully integrated into salsa, hints at a shifting landscape within our dance community. But what impact does this have on our individual experiences and the connections forged on the dance floor?

As these boundaries blur, it's crucial to ask: Are they being crossed or redrawn? Should we establish guidelines to safeguard inclusivity in our dance spaces, or do we trust in the wisdom of common sense to prevail?

2. Empowerment through Dance: Building Confidence on the Dance Floor

Does dancing uplift and embolden us, or does it introduce new doubts and insecurities? Let's explore how we can tilt the scales toward confidence.

Moreover, has social dancing left a negative imprint on your life? Share your experiences, whether it's the time commitment of workshops, the risks of injury, or the strains on relationships and careers. Let's unpack the complexities of our dance journey together.

Meet Our Guest Speakers

We're thrilled to welcome a lineup of dance personalities whose insights will bring a lot to the table, enrich the conversation with their unique perspectives, and help us all understand these issues better:

  • Mark Anthony Shepard - artist, DJ, fashion guru, and social dancer. Neither salsa nor kizomba hold a secret to him!
  • Luis Vazquez - the legend himself, one of the creators of LA style, an artist, and an ambassador of salsa for more than 20 years, sharing his insights and views on things.
  • Azael Salazar - not just a talented bachata artist, he's also known for his humorous and educational videos that shed light on common situations in the dance world. His creativity knows no bounds, bringing laughter and insight to dancers worldwide.
  • Martina Gojkošek - Passionate salsa teacher and stretching master, Martina adds her dynamic presence to the panel.

When and Where?

Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 13:15 to 15:30 at the Adris Old Tobacco Factory, (Adris 5). Stick around after the discussion for mingling and music until 16:00.

Why You Should Join Us

At Olu Olu Coffee Lounge, we're not just discussing dancing - we're shaping the future of the dance community. This isn't just another panel – it's a dynamic exchange of ideas, experiences, and passions. By participating, you're not only gaining valuable insights from industry experts but also contributing your unique perspective to the conversation. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or just starting out, your voice matters. Share your stories, ask your questions, and be part of the movement that's shaping the salsa world. Join us at Olu Olu Coffee Lounge and let your voice be heard!

Don't miss your chance to be part of the conversation at Olu Olu Coffee Lounge. See you there!



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