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“I have a talent for expressing myself and my heart is set on doing so.”

As a dancer, you know music is the key that opens a huge treasure chest, a sparkling space you can step into, and move around in. For Rikard Ekstrand, it ́s even more thanthat; it is a lifelong sixth sense. In an open-hearted interview he exposes his cognitive pathways, celebrates van Gogh and compares the Lindy hop to Coca Cola.cover photo: Manne Wahlström We meet in a café in Stockholm, Rikard orders black coffee and a coconut biscuit. He responds thoughtfully to my questions, yet it is no exaggeration to say that spontaneity and improvisation are his melodies. Just throwing...

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How to dress for an elegant Balboa look?

– It’s a personal thing, Mia Goldsmith Halloran says. There is not one thing or one outfit that makes you look more or less like a Balboa dancer. There is no right or wrong – just do you! But these are my favourites: Lately, I’ve just loved dancing in pants. High waisted, not too flowy and a little crop top that hits right at the top of the pants. Pop on a cute pair of heels, style your hair the way you like.I ALWAYS style my hair pushed to the left side of my face, because that way when...

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PARTY OF THE CENTURY–IN STOCKHOLM

On January 5th Frank Martini & His Orchestra will host and perform at The Party of the Century in Stockholm. The roaring twenties are back–and here to stay. Together with no less that 25 artists Frank and his orchestra will make the famous venue Nalen become the ballroom it used to be during the 1920’s.guest author: Jennie Wiklund Frank, what can we expect to experience at Nalen the 5 of January?– When you walk through the doors you enter a ballroom in the 1920’s where champagneis flowing, everyone is dancing in beautiful clothes, surrounded by contortionists, jugglers, acrobats and showgirls while Frank Martini...

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Get the most out of Herräng: Markus Rosendals advice

How to get the most out of Herräng? – Enjoy your experience, let go of everyday life and dare to engage! The more you indulge and actively join in on activities the more you will get out of it. It’s nice and so much fun when people just go for it! If I only go out one evening, what must I not miss? – Make sure to be at Midnight Ramble on Carnival night! We will bring a bit of Latin-America to Herräng. What should I wear that night? – Imagine this being a carnival in Rio and dress...

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