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Literal Translation: Staring like a calf at a painted door.
Meaning: Another cattle-related phrase is here to poke fun at someone’s state of confusion and indecisiveness. It’s widely presumed in Croatia that, for whatever reason, a calf would be extremely confused and distraught with the sight of a painted door. The origin of this belief is unknown, especially since all cattle is colorblind and wouldn’t know the difference, but at least we’re not waving a red cape in front of its face thinking it will make it angry. If someone is starring at something like a calf at a painted door, they are confused and/or having a ‘’brain cramp’’ in a situation that shouldn’t be that difficult.
Use: When someone is completely distraught with the space technology of a self-service register in the supermarket.
Literal Translation: The one who digs a hole under another will fall in it himself.
Meaning: This one has sort of a fortune-cookie-ish vibe and although it sounds like something Yoda would say, the meaning of this phrase is pretty clear. To dig a hole under someone is to plot against them, and this phrase is meant to warn that plots can easily backfire. If you grew up in Croatia and had the unfortunate tendency to act shady, you’ve most likely heard this from your grandmother.
Use: When your plot backfires.
Literal Translation: My axe fell into honey.
Meaning: Something unexpectedly good has happened to you. Although an accident involving an axe doesn’t necessarily evoke happy connotations, this one is extremely positive. Supposedly when this phrase was coined honey was a rare treat and if your axe fell into honey you would be glad to have to lick it of or something. Licking honey off of work tools is not ideal but it’s still sweet, so shut up. Maybe if your axe fell into honey, you wouldn’t have to work anymore. Whatever the reason may be, if your axe fell into honey, you should be happy and not ask unnecessary questions.
Use: When your plot doesn’t backfire.
Literal translation: I will beat you like an ox in a cabbage field.
Meaning: This one is not used to express a sincere intention to physically harm someone, but rather as an expression of anger and frustration. There is no reason for an ox to be in a cabbage field and that he should subsequently be punished. Someone has done something stupid, careless or explicitly forbidden, but not really that important. The punishment is in the phrase itself. The person at fault is compared to an ox, caught red handed, surrounded with cabbage (presumably the most random vegetable ever) with a dumb look on its face. No-one will seriously get their ass kicked after they’ve been painted this picture. But they may feel like an ox.
Use: A mother to a teenage son: “I told you not to eat cookies before dinner, I will beat you like an ox in a cabbage field.”
Literal translation: Like a fly without a head.
Meaning: Flies are not exactly considered to be the rocket scientists of the animal kingdom. The phrase ‘’running around like a fly without a head’’ is meant to describe someone going about something in a stupid frenzy without a plan or an exact idea about what they are trying to achieve. Kind of like a fly buzzing aimlessly and crashing into something every two seconds.
Use: Someone crossing the busy intersection on a red light, escaping getting hit by a car by inches, causing breaking, honking and road rage.
Literal translation: The hills shook, a mouse was born
Meaning: Something important is about to happen. You are expecting something big, worrying, anticipating and fearing. You have big plans and hopes. And then a mouse is born. Nothing of substance really happens. This phrase is meant to gently poke fun at someone who is making a big deal out of nothing.
Use: When someone is losing sleep over an exam, whines about how they are going to fail, contemplates quitting school and moving to Nepal to become a Buddhist monk, shaves their head the night before and then the exam is cancelled.
Pool party is a place where we all take it easy, loose our collars and indulge in some excessive immoderation. So leave the tux at home, never mind the six-pack, order a cocktail and throw yourself in to a glorious crowd. Have fun and go nuts.
Smart thing would be to bring only the amount of money you want to spend and that’s it. Pool party can be pretty hectic and splashy so even your phone is maybe best left at home. Just saying.
77 mojitos and a bottle of rum on the scorching sun with an empty stomach is a bad idea. You know that. Get enough rest, if you partied hard the day before – skip at least first two Sunday workshops and come in your full strength so that you can enjoy the pool party to the fullest.
SBSF organizes free busses to take you to Open Air Concert (from Solaris) and to take you back to Solaris after the shows. Busses are free so everyone is invited. Parking in Šibenik is completely messed up and hard to find so even if you have a car it is advisable to use SBSF busses. Also it’s more fun to travel with fellow salseros/as =)
If you want to take a look at Sibenik town and roam around the narrow streets or visit some of the many churches in the city – it would be best to do it on some other day than the Open Air Concert day. It is much more comfortable to discover the city with planty of time ahead and it would be prudent to arrive fresh and full of energy at the Open Air Concert because party continues immediately after the shows in Solaris and then there’s no stoping till 7am. Some people don’t come rested to the Open Air Party and decide to take a short nap – only to wake up at 7am realizing they slept over the Saturday party. Be smarter than that.
We know Hot Spot works till 8 and that one has to go shower, cange, make it to the dinner and rest a while before going to the Open Air Concert, but if you want to get some of that magical open air feeling – consider coming not later than 10. That will get you one hour of dancing and one hour of shows. So maybe the god idea is to finish with the hot spot early… Anyway… Give it a thought.
This Hot Spot thing maybe looks harmless and just a place to hang between going to a beach, workshops or just when you don’t have anything smarter to do. Well this couldn’t be further from the truth. The Hot Spot is the whole point. It is a place where we can all meet in a relaxed manner, dance, chit chat, meet and exaggerate alcohol consumption as a consenting adults. But seriously… Come to the hot spot and chill there. Mingle, chat and gossip. And dance. That is the point.
Maybe the dance floor looks inviting to take off the shoes, flip flops or whatever and dance barefooted. Well… Just don’t. Floor can be very hot and few spins will remove the skin from your sole in a heartbeat. Watch for your feet because they have to be able to dance many hours day and night through the whole festival. Also one little mistake like that can completely ruin your SBSF experience.
Smartest thing would be to avoid Hot Spot when the sun is in it’s scorching faze. Or at least stay inside the boat, chill and take it easy. If you combine large amounts of alcohol with unreasonable amounts of sun you know what is going to happen.
You don’t need all your money, passport, credit cards, your wallet, your grandma’s jewelry and all the valuables you can think of when going to workshops. Leave those at home and carry only few things you can’t live without with you (Phone, some money and that’s it). Keep your things to minimum and leave them somewhere so you can see them during the workshop. Stealing is really rare in the salsa world, but it would be wise not to test that fact.
SBSF features some superstars. Attend at least one workshop that some superstar holds. No matter if you dance On1, On2 or OnWhatever. If you are not advanced dancer then skip master classes and find a superstar of your choice in the regular schedule. These superstars are amazingly awesome and you will benefit from the workshop no matter the style of your dance.
By doing one workshop below your level will boost your confidence, enable you to focus on details and at the same time help someone who is struggling or needs help. We all deserve a confidence boost from time to time, so treat yourself with one and pay attention to details that will broaden your existing knowledge.
By doing (at least) one workshop above your level – will give you a decent challenge and keep you humble. The only way to constantly improve is to challenge yourself. We agree that it is nice in the warm comfort of your level, but even if you take special master level workshops – we are sure you will benefit from them and you will be satisfied at the end.
If you have been asking 3rd question during the same class, that probably means that you are not on the right class level. It also means that you are taking time from all other students in the class and most probably slowing everybody down. There is a difference between asking something you didn’t understand and making a festival workshop into your own private class. Be considerate!
Physical activity on an empty stomach is not a good idea. It’s quite self explanatory – you actually need strength to endure the workshop. If you don’t eat properly – there’s a big chance you will feel weak and dizzy. Combine that with summer heat and you could possibly faint in the middle of the workshop. It happens. Be smart and take care of your health.
Make sure to wear clothes that is comfortable, that doesn’t restrict you and that is preferably made from natural materials, since the chances are that you will be sweating a lot. Spare shirt is advised. Girls, it would be wise to avoid high heels during the workshops because you probably want to save your feet for the night parties. If you can’t do without, then use them only for some workshops, like ladies styling.
Guys, please wear proper dance shoes, preferably with suede soles. Our workshop halls are not equipped with parquet floor, so we have to install laminate floor. Having proper shoes will help us maintain it and keep it on one piece.
Do not dance too much with people you dance on regular basis during the year. Coming to another country and paying lots of money to get what you get on your regular local party is really a waste. This is maybe most useful advice we can dispense. Our beautiful world of salsa is so awesome because through salsa festivals we can meet new, different and exciting people, make new salsa friends and broaden our experiences, horizons and perception. Dance with people you don’t see often and especially with people you never met! Make new experiences! This is the main point and most beautiful thing about festivals.
If someone is behaving unapropriately, rude, drunk or in some way disregarding others on the dance floor and making others uncomfortable – Let us know! Find organizers or anyone from the organization team and show them that rude individual. We believe that floor manners are vital for collective festival experience and we will do whatever we can to keep the floor pleasant for anyone.
If you are not doing it so far, please start now: When you hear a good song that makes you run to the dance floor so you don’t lose a single beat – take a look at who is playing. We need this feedback and lots of people don’t care for the DJs so they can’t give us this information when we ask =(
Be proactive and get to know DJs, their music and style. This will help us to bring best DJs in the future and at the same time you will know what to expect when you see a DJ on a lineup.
Solaris doesn’t allow smuggling of your private booze in the party area. Please be aware of that fact and try not to smuggle drinks at the party place. Also be aware that security staff heard “This is just water/juice” too many times =)
If you are a workshop junkie and spend reasonable amount of time on workshops during the day perfecting yourself – then do come early to the parties so you can dance your ass off and still manage to get in the bed on time to start a next day fresh and motivated. Early as: 23:00 – it’s a summer festival after all.
Parties are where we all come to relax and enjoy ourselves and all it takes is one rude person to ruin our party mood if he/she behaves badly, doesn’t apologize or carelessly steps on our feet. Please, please, please – don’t be that person! Take care of your fellow dancers. If you accidentally step on somebody – apologize, be polite and try to avoid collisions at any cost. Also take time and read the Etiquette articles on our web page.
Yes, “too close” can be hard to define – specially between two consenting adults, but we all know how much is socially acceptable – so don’t play stupid. Other people around you will be uncomfortable if you stretch that “thin line” so please be mindful of that. If you feel lucky, invite that special or un-special someone to your private party and go nuts. But on the social dance floor and among fellow salseros – hold your horses.
Salsa is meant to be fun so show your partner that you’re enjoying yourself with the easiest method possible; smiling. So smile. Let your partner know you are enjoying the dance. It costs nothing and it makes you a nice person. Be a nice person.
Under any circumstances DO NOT teach your partner on the dance floor, especially if you don’t know your partner very well.. This is extremely rude, degrading to some and just bad manners. If someone wants you to help him/her – find a suitable place and dispense your enormous knowledge if you must. Do it anytime and anywhere BUT on the dance floor during the party. If you come across a beginner ADJUST to his/her dancing level and make him/her enjoy the party. Period.
Don’t clog up the dance floor. If the dance floor is crowded, find a space that can accommodate a couple or just wait for the another song! Be polite, ask for a dance politely, read the etiquette articles, be mindful of the other dancers and apologize if you bump to someone. Really apologize and see how much you hurt someone. (it’s a man’s fault so guys – watch out)
Whether we like it or not, the way we present ourselves on the dance floor is almost as important as our dancing skills. You can be great dancer but if your appearance is not matching your skills, the chances are you will not be noticed or worse – you will be avoided for bad personal hygiene. So prepare for the party and present the „best you“ possible. So first and most important – hygiene: shower, brush your teeth, use deodorant/perfume, etc… And second – presentation: wear nice and clean clothes that portrays your personal style.
Parties lasts for 7-8h , that’s a long time, so if you are a sweat-a-lot kind of person make sure to bring spare t-shirt or a towel. Other thank that – it’s always smart to have chewing gums, deodorant and other stuff that can come useful as s quick refreshment during the dance breaks.
SBSF is a 6 day long action packed madness. If you attempt to seize the most out of all festival activities, attend all parties from start to end and plan on making it on first workshop in the morning – you will fail miserably. It is humanly impossible to attend everything. Manage your energy, get enough sleep, eat well, stay hydrated, rest when you feel weak, Stay in the bed till afternoon if last night you made a “77-mojitos-in-an-hour” bet and generally – take it easy.
The whole organizing team is here to make your SBSF experience spectacular so don’t hesitate to ask for any kind of help, advice or assistance. Some of the team members is always around and waiting to be helpful.
Talk to us. We like to dream of a perfect Salsa Beach Splash festival but for that to happen we need your feedback. Let us know everything you think might be helpful. Find us on the festival grounds, send us an e-mail, tell to the festival staff or hire a pigeon to deliver the message. Just make sure we get you. So share your uncensored thoughts of improvements, flaws, disappointments and compliments. Don’t be shy and don’t hold back and don’t think “I will do it when I get home”. Do it immediately and we will be grateful.
Please take this seriously. Wear adequate pass bracelet on your left hand all the time. (Not on the leg, in the bag, on your little finger or anything “creative”. We have zero tolerance on frauds. Only firmly locked and undamaged bracelet will be considered valid. Since now we have seen all the tricks in the book that people use to avoid paying for a pass, so please don’t test us. If you are found on the party/workshop/pool party grounds without a proper pass you will be escorted off the grounds immediately and charged on the spot.
We never apply force. We work to communicate, not physically but rhythmically. Never making our partner feel that we demand. Instead we look to ask questions whose answers balance the equation. That way there’s room to actually dance.
fun fun fun person, passionate dancer! the kind that you spot instantly on the dancefloor because of his high energy and his (very visible) love for dance – always smiling, always singing – makes you think “i really must dance with him” :)) I would always recommend a cha cha with him :)))
Tamba's great passion for music is infectious for everyone he dances with or is taking his classes. His positive energy spreads out until nobody can keep his feet still anymore. In every dance he shows his musicality, his smooth leading and his creative moves, no matter if it's Cuban, New York style or cha cha.
With his presence, playfulness and musicality, Tamba is definetely a man to notice in this salsa world! His charming and friendly appearance and his playful approach to dancing makes us relax, enjoy and let go – and by doing this we all become better dancers! He masters the art of combining fun and play with knowledge and talent, and being in his classes allways leaves you with new skills – as well as with happy dancing bubbles in your entire body! He’s also one of the most versatile dancers out there – mastering and totally rocking Cuban salsa, on1, on2, chacha, Kizomba, bachata etc! He brings his own flavour and style to every class and every party – spreading smiles, amazing energy and joy for dancing – making it simply Tambalicious!!
Ingrid Berg Johnsen
Tamba is one of the best dancers in the UK with perfect feeling of music, it’s very easy to understand his lead and fun to dance with, with inner feeling in the dance. I saw some videos of his shines, they are very cool and I am sure his students enjoy learning from him a lot!
Cara alegre con ojos risueños
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and dancing with Tamba for the past few years. He always radiates amazing, positive energy, and dancing with him is an absolute thrill because he combines pure joy with wonderful musicality and connection to his partner! Such a rare combo!
I’ve been enjoying Tamba’s Cuban classes immensely for over 18 months now. Tamba is a wonderful teacher, with endless patience and a great sense of humour! The friendly classes involve a fantastic workout, as well as lots of laughter, and there’s a cultural and historical aspect too (some of the Afro Cuban orishas involve some interesting body movements!). I’ve learned so much in Tamba’s classes and look forward to the classes all week.
I’ve really enjoyed learning On2 salsa with Tamba. It’s great to be challenged in a salsa class even after I have been learning for years and to still learn something new every week. I enjoy learning On2 from someone that is so passionate about the dance and the music and who passes on this passion in his lessons.
Tamba is a dynamic, amazing dance teacher! His classes are well explained, easy to follow, informative, social and fun! He gets to know his students and cares about them all. So if you want to build your dance confidence and have plenty of fun… don’t be shy, come along to Tamba’s classes in Nottingham. Fun guaranteed!
Tamba, you are a wonderful teacher who puts across different dance styles authentically in a lovely, friendly and accessible way. You always create a happy and supportive learning environment and make the learning lots of fun. You’re patient and have detailed technical skills which are way beyond those of most teachers. It’s a joy to go to your classes and I regularly recommend you to people without hesitation!
The best classes ever! I haven’t danced for a few years so imagine my surprise when I first attended Tamba’s class in Nottingham, I found myself instantly transported to Cuba and the land of the Orishas as pure authenticity! This really is “as good as it gets” and I feel it’s a privilege to have such a dedicated, interested and most importantly …. FUN Teacher who is not only committed to his art and skill but is an extremely good teacher exacting the standards required to learn, dance and have fun the way that Cuban Salsa was meant to be.
Love hearing Haihan play – he’s an intelligent DJ who pays attention to the dancefloor, plays dancer-friendly music which is still musically interesting enough just to listen to, and he always manages to delight me with something I’m not expecting!
I wasn’t aware of Haihan’s prowess on the DJ decks till the very first Salsa Beach Splash Festival. Filling the last slot of the Saturday evening, he had just the right recipe to keep everyone dancing till closing time. I recall pleading with him to play fewer inspiring tracks cause I didn’t think my feet could take anymore of that glorious punishment. I’m glad he didn’t listen to me then. I’ve been a fan ever since and his consistency has remained at a high level whilst his catalogue has grown. Very knowledgable on music by various artists, his enthusiasm for the art form as a whole is palpable. I have a personal agreement to be notified of every single gig he has a booking for. That way I can guarantee there will be fireworks on the dance floor. Stalker much – you ask? Haha! – Just wait till you hear him spin!
DJ Haihan, one of my favourite DJs in London. Every time he plays, my lazy feet will start to move, and he plays according to the energy of the crowd to ensure the energy is maintained or leaps to the next level. With him DJing, everyone will be happy!!!
Haihan’s got the perfect combination of inspiring, familiar, and challenging. There’s is never a set that fails to satisfy, even for the most enthusiastic music aficionado. I can only imagine it gets better with time… And the beach.
There’s plenty of salsa DJs out there, but there’s very few who have a natural talent for creating a composition that keeps you on your feet all night long – flowing from one great song, to another in perfect harmony and not noticing your sore feet. Haihan is one of these rare talents. He carefully plans each night – where each song fits in the night, what tempo should go where, how does each song work musically with the dancers – and this shows. You really couldn’t find a more soulful, considered, fun and musical DJ out there.
I-hope-they-are-not-coming-to-ask-me-to-dance-phobia – usually a temporary condition that can affect both leads and follower. Happens when they a see a dancer they have been avoid all even walking in their direction but not holding a drink.
SDD – Social Dancing Disorder – being involved with Salsa for 3+ years but hardly social danced despite having performed at congress and even with Salsa celebs. Very common with the new Generation Performer
by Toan Hoang
Gumnatyrisis – the fear of dancing with people with bad breath that results in you always carrying around chewing gum with you and offering it to your potential dance partners before you dance with them