THANK YOU for your purchase.On the night your name will be on the "Internet Tickets" list at the boat.We hope you have a wonderful night, full of dancing, fun and great friendship!!
Alexis MezaThe Editor
On a regular basis, we get emails from new people coming into the Latin Scene, asking our opinion about the “best dance school to join” or “which dancing program would be best for me?”
Everyone has his or her own needs and we should appreciate that there is not a “best option” for everyone.
In the latin dancing scene, we encounter a very broad range of interest levels. It is part of the great joy of dancing. It is also the source of much discussion over which dancing program is the best. The true answer depends on each individual’s interest, availability of time and skill.
Some people want to enjoy an evening of dance with little or no effort on their part. Others want to become skilled dancers. You can find many examples of this on any night in Latino clubs around town. You will find people who are happy to sit on the sidelines, people who dance across the floor and others who have obviously spent a great deal of time in perfecting their dance skill.
Maybe the answer is to stop believing that everyone has to fit into the same mold and to agree that all the various forms of dancing and skill levels meet different people’s needs. Hopefully, we can all find where we fit the best and not fall into the trap of feeling that the way we have chosen, is the only and correct way to go.
And speaking about choices, don’t miss in the Entertainment section, the Australian Bachata Championship - Grand Final in October. An event which has been running successfully for the last six years. This is a two days event featuring the best Bachata dancers and schools in the country competing for the title of Australian Bachata Champions 2013. Also check out the up coming Latin American Film Festival, a great event for a great cause.
Don’t miss our Life Style pages where we share with you an insight in the life of six times World Salsa Champion, Oliver Pineda.
In our Tango pages, we have an interesting article by Christine Dennison about the “Dark Age of Tango”. A must read for all those tangueros.
And… as you already know, we are in the middle of an election in this country and we give you a glance at the new WikiLeaks political party.
On our Travel pages, we invite you to travel to one on the wonders of Latin America, “The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”
Have a look to our regular pages on Health, Fitness, Beauty and our yummy recipes for your enjoyment.
I hope you will enjoy another issue of the magazine.
Chao, hasta la proxima!
DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE By Isabel Allende
Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.
As we follow her spirited heroine on a perilous journey north in the hold of a ship to the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco and northern California, we enter a world whose newly arrived inhabitants are driven mad by gold fever. A society of single men and prostitutes among whom Eliza moves--with the help of her good friend and saviour, the Chinese doctor Tao Chien--California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean. Her search for the elusive Joaquín gradually turns into another kind of journey that transforms her over time, and what began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom.
IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIESBy Julia Alvarez
Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.
From the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents comes this tale of courage and sisterhood set in the Dominican Republic during the rise of the Trujillo dictatorship. A skilful blend of fact and fiction, In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government. Alvarez breathes life into these historical figures--known as "las mariposas," or "the butterflies," in the underground--as she imagines their teenage years, their gradual involvement with the revolution, and their terror as their dissentience is uncovered.
Alvarez's controlled writing perfectly captures the mounting tension as "the butterflies" near their horrific end. The novel begins with the recollections of Dede, the fourth and surviving sister, who fears abandoning her routines and her husband to join the movement. Alvarez also offers the perspectives of the other sisters: brave and outspoken Minerva, the family's political ringleader; pious Patria, who forsakes her faith to join her sisters after witnessing the atrocities of the tyranny; and the baby sister, sensitive Maria Teresa, who, in a series of diaries, chronicles her allegiance to Minerva and the physical and spiritual anguish of prison life.
WE WERE HEREBy Matt de la Pena
The story of one boy and his journey to find himself.When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counsellor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favour. Ever since it happened, his mom can’t even look at him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live.
But Miguel didn’t bet on meeting Rondell or Mong or on any of what happened after they broke out. He only thought about Mexico and getting to the border to where he could start over. Forget his mom. Forget his brother. Forget himself.
Life usually doesn’t work out how you think it will, though. And most of the time, running away is the quickest path right back to what you’re running from.
UNDER THE MESQUITEBy Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother's battle with cancer in this young adult novel in verse.
When Lupita learns Mami has cancer, she is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit family. Suddenly, being a high school student, starring in a play, and dealing with friends who don't always understand, become less important than doing whatever she can to save Mami's life.
While her father cares for Mami at an out-of-town clinic, Lupita takes charge of her seven younger siblings. As Lupita struggles to keep the family afloat, she takes refuge in the shade of a mesquite tree, where she escapes the chaos at home to write. Forced to face her limitations in the midst of overwhelming changes and losses, Lupita rediscovers her voice and finds healing in the power of words.
Told with honest emotion in evocative free verse, Lupita's journey toward hope is captured in moments that are alternately warm and poignant. Under the Mesquite is an empowering story about testing family bonds and the strength of a young woman navigating pain and hardship with surprising resilience.
LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATEBy Laura Esquivel, Carol Christensen (Translator), Thomas Christensen
Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.
The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, "Like Water For Chocolate" is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit - and recipes.
A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next twenty-two years, Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunites them against all the odds.
ESPERANZA RISINGBy Pam Muñoz Ryan
A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labour, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.