We would like to invite all of #DazaDance's friends, family and students to our "COLORS OF THE KALEIDOSCOPE" Showcase! This fabulous event is approaching very soon on Saturday, November 5, 2016; doors open at 5:00PM and the show will begin promptly at 6:00PM. We are so excited to have our community of dancers, friends and family enjoy an evening of dance performances and fun in our very own beautiful studio! Get you tickets today because the space is limited. Call us at (404)5375222 or email us at info@dazadance.com. We look forward to see you there! 


Today is my first class with Antonio in two weeks, and I am so excited to see him and show him how hard I have been working! I am still flying high from being able to finish my choreography in such a short amount of time, and my confidence right now is stronger than it has ever been. Both Antonio and Maxi believed for me even when I had doubts, and because I pushed all of my fears and anxieties out of my mind and stepped out on faith I exceeded my expectations. If there’s one thing I am learning from Antonio it is how to set goals; before he verbalizes a goal he has already completed five of six steps. As a result my thought processes are changing, instead of giving reasons why something can’t be done- even when it seems hard I immediately jump into the ocean and learn to swim.

Now that I know the routine it is time to polish, so I am coming to rehearsal with a blank slate. I have been pouring over all of my videos and notes in preparation. We start warming up with one of my favorite dances, the East Coast Swing.  After a happy spirited dance we start choreography, and Maxi is here for the class to help us with the transition.  Maxi helps us both to look good and helps to refine certain steps, and because I have put in the extra work through rehearsal time today is going smoother than I thought it would. Antonio tells me he is proud of me as we go through the showcase routine couple of times. Because he doesn’t want me to just have the choreography memorized and wants me to continue to get better we takes extra time to focus on the free turn at the end of the routine. This turn is important because it is right before my final pose and is one of the important moments I need to take advantage of. We keep practicing it over and over and things get intense. I welcome the intensity as I know from working with Antonio he is pulling the best possible work out of me.  

Finally by the end of class the turn isn’t perfect but I have a road map to continue rehearsing in preparation for Monday. Overall I am happy because usually when I reconnect with Antonio when he returns from traveling it takes a couple of lessons to readjust, but today while there were things to work  on it took only a few minutes to get back on track and I couldn’t be happier; it only gets better now.

By: Kamaria George (10/22/2016)


Una vez más a llegado el momento de volver a casa y dejar esta ciudad mágica de #BuenosAires. No importa cuantas veces venga, siempre me es difícil despedirme de esta comunidad de personas a las que he aprendido a conocer y querer muchísimo a lo largo de estos dos años. 

La calidez y energía positiva que tienen los hace capaz de superar todas las dificultades... no dejen que eso desaparezca. En cada viaje que hago a este país, yo dejo más y más una partecita de mi corazón con ustedes porque en cada viaje es más el cariño que me hacen sentir. 

Su apoyo, confianza y cuidado me motivan y me hacen querer darles todo lo mejor de mi con tal de continuar viéndolos sonrientes, con esas caras llenas de ilusión y con unas ganas irresistibles de crecer día a día. No me cansare de decirles que son una parte muy importante de mi vida y que los quiero muchísimo porque me han hecho valorar muchas cosas que tenía olvidadas, al mismo tiempo que he aprendido a apreciar las pequeñas cosas importantes en la vida y que hacen la diferencia.

#Gracias por continuar aportándole a mi vida "eso" tan especial que solo tenemos nosotros los #latinos y por darme un propósito más para luchar. Gracias por creer en mi y permitirme entrar en sus hogares y corazones con humildad y agradecimiento. Esto no es una despedida, al contrario es una bienvenida a un nuevo ciclo que empieza. Me voy por ahora pero vuelvo muy pronto para seguir caminando junto a ustedes por este camino que se llama La Vida! 

Con mucho amor siempre... Antonio Daza.


Today as I was thinking about an art exhibit I saw several years ago at the Mason Murer Gallery with paintings by the Cuban artist Alexi Torres entitled “Positive Thoughts”. I was completely captivated by larger than life canvases of women created through several thousand brush strokes that resembled white illuminated feathers. The paintings seemed to suggest that each feather was a thought. There was a halo of light surrounding the different women. As I viewed the works I was completely captivated and felt a sense of peace and calm, much like when I am in the ballroom. I carried these thoughts of serenity with me on Wednesday as I was going to class. One of the things Antonio has been emphasizing is for me to become more confident in my everyday life by transforming my thoughts of myself through positivity. He wants me to focus on technique, but to let the movement come alive through the intangible qualities of human emotion.

Today is the day to finish my choreography and my heart is beating fast! I arrive a few minutes early to go over the steps making sure I remember all that has been learned. Maxi comes and immediately takes me to the small ballroom. We start going to review and everything is going well. Things start to go south as I get so nervous I am making the same mistake over and over again after the lockstep combination. Maxi gets really stern to the point where I do a double take –did Antonio magically appear?! No it’s Maxi – there is a disturbance in the force!!! Hahahaha! We go through that step until I get it right. Maxi then shows me the next part of the choreography one time and I immediately get it!!! Woohoo!!! Maxi is surprised – actually I am surprising myself!  We then start viewing the final steps. I start dancing around the small ballroom- Maxi doesn’t notice as he is pouring over the movements. We start working through the final part and I have chills all the way to the last pose! I cannot believe it. I have completed in 5 lessons which usually takes me 20 to accomplish, and I feel like I won the Olympics! We go through the routine a couple of times in the large ballroom and I miss a couple of steps. Maxi continues to be stern and I find myself saying “Yes Sir!!” to his commands. He starts to laugh and says “I am sorry for being strict with you but you can see the results!”  He then calls Mario to record. I am thinking “Argggh! It’s not perfect yet!!”  Through the video I am in a daze freaking completely out!!! I make a couple of mistakes but for the most part I am pleased with my accomplishment. When we finish Mario and Maxi both congratulate me and give me hugs- I am so happy I could fly! Maxi says “My Dear, I told you all along you could do it!!”  As I watch the playback I am thinking I need to work on my hip movement. Shakira’s hips don't lie, mine right now don’t have much to say. The one ingredient missing from my routine is confidence so I make a mental note to focus on that while dancing at the party later that week.

I arrive early for the Party on Friday (as always). Maxi and Masha are practicing Rumba and I am studying their movements taking notes on how to move elegantly and effortlessly throughout the dance floor. When the party begins the class of the night is Salsa- oh yeah!! Even though the group class at the party goes through the basic steps, this is a chance for me to focus on my technique and on being bolder. I am so happy to see that Callie is back!!!  I have missed her so much at the parties; she always helps me step up my game on the dance floor, either by introducing a new step or giving me tips on how to follow better. I got to dance the Cha-cha, East Coast Swing, and Foxtrot with Callie. With Mario I dance the east coast swing and the Rumba. I am soo excited as Mario can see how I have improved throughout my time at Daza! He throws in a new step with Rumba and I am able to catch on. With Maxi I dance Foxtrot, Waltz, and East Coast Swing- I am having so much fun with Maxi. He is truly becoming more and more amazing as an instructor. One of the Highlights of my evening was being able to dance the Merengue with our special guest Waverly Lucas, who is one my heroes in Ballet. He and his wife Nina Gilreath are the founders of Ballethnic Dance Studio and Dance academy, a cultural diverse center for classical training in Ballet. They have done so much to make ballet accessible to everyone, and have encouraged and uplifted all who walk through their doors. The company has introduced 20 original works including “Leopard’s Tale” and “The Urban Nutcracker” which takes the story of the Nutcracker and sets it in Historic Auburn Avenue with many Atlanta references throughout the piece.

True to the legacy of Daza Dance at one point in the evening while we were dancing the energy from every person in the room flowed together and we all were dancing in a circle. We each let go of our individualities, and for a few minutes we were all one; becoming connected with each other in complete and total joy. As the party began to end, I started to sing a few bars from the My Fair Lady Song “I Could Have Danced All Night” and I truly could have! There is something about being in a room full of people with a similar mindset who are all here to help and encourage one another that helps to build you up and focus on your dreams.

By: Kamaria George (10/15/2016)


Lately since I have returned from Argentina I have been getting compliments and making appearances on behalf of the studio. Antonio was cautioning me not to let it all go to my head and become a Diva, so I put together this list to help keep me on the straight and narrow.

·       Learn to laugh at yourself – DISCLAIMER: To my beloved Daza Dance instructors, if you happen to go out Salsa dancing and someone says “one of your students was here; they twirled into one of our light fixtures” that student was me! I was attempting a combination from their intermediate class- a hammerlock with double turn to a sweetheart to a sitdip with only half of a basic step at the beginning- no basics in the combination- just constant spinning!! I twirled right into one of those floor to ceiling lights, but luckily did not knock it down. All I could do in that moment was smile and be cute. These moments happen and they happen to me a lot, but I have learned to laugh at myself. Interestingly enough I finally got the combination. The instructor put on some fast music and because I didn’t have to think about the steps I did much better. Go figure!

·       Don’t be obsessed with your appearance – hahahahahaha! No self-respecting Diva will leave the house without perfect hair and make-up and on bad hair days might very well call in sick. Don’t get me wrong I love to look nice but there are days when my hair looks like a spider, and I very seldom do the whole full makeup thing. I have, however, let some of the sparkly jewelry from my performances into everyday life- and I pretend to wear heels on occasion.

·       Embrace the mission at Daza Dance – A Diva would feel very uncomfortable at Daza Dance because our school is all about being a family and helping each other succeed; we are not an every man for himself dog eat dog establishment. Antonio and Mario set the standard when creating the studio to create a space of love and acceptance.  As a result I have fantastic fellow students like Bonnie and Paige who are incredible dancers but are some of the most giving and heartwarming people you will ever meet. Likewise the other instructors Masha, Callie, and Maxi are brilliant, accomplished and all about encouraging and uplifting everyone at Daza Dance.

·       Concentrate on your goals – for me there is no time to be a self-centered, cell phone throwing crazy person – I have work to do.  Antonio is traveling this week but that does not mean I get to slack off- and there are no excuses. I tried to give him an excuse once- and I work the system giving beautiful excuses that make angels weep! He stared me down his face devoid of emotion (although for a moment I saw a smile). My reasoning evaporated into thin air and the fear surrounding the excuse was dismantled - It was understood still had to accomplish the goal. 

Earlier this week I came to class and Mario and Maxi present me with a delicious strawberry shortcake in honor of my birthday and everyone in the studio sang the birthday song for me. After getting loaded up on sugar Maxi helps me learn some more the choreography- boy that box step from my last class is giving me a fit. We work through it and get enough of the piece finished to set to music- I am excited seeing the first part come together. I ask Maxi how much is left. He smiles and says “My dear we will be ok”. My heart begins to sink. I start thinking about what would happen if I don’t complete this choreography. Without realizing it I start humming Darth Vader’s theme from Star Wars under my breath. I begin to laugh hysterically Noooo!!! I must not experience the wrath of the Dark Side!! This Choreography must be completed!!!! Bwhahahaha!!!

Both Maxi and Antonio have filmed videos for me to watch of the choreography, and I am pouring over the videos. I go to my second session later this week, and I don’t know if its adrenaline or that I have willed myself to learn, but we get through a great portion of the choreography and I am so ecstatic. There is only a small portion left, and Maxi assures me that I know these steps!!!  I can see the end- we will finish on time woohoo!!!!!!

 By the way I have one more addition to my how not to be a Diva list- that would be to maintain a heart of gratitude. I am truly grateful to be able to have such wonderful experiences and to be able to live out the desires of my heart; I see the dance floor as a sacred space and every piece of choreography is a gift that speaks to my soul. I don’t even feel like my life is real, it’s like in a living in a dream. I am honored to be in a place where I can be my complete true self and hope to inspire others to do the same.

By: Kamaria George (10/08/2016)


Thank you so much to Sebastian Colavita as well as all the instructors, students and friends from #sebastiancolavitaestudio that came to #Ensueños last saturday night to spend some time learning, having fun and sharing experiences with me as we continue learning and growing more on this beautiful craft called #BallroomDance! I love so much the amazing energy I find in this #BuenosAiresCity and appreciate the love in which I am always received by everyone. It is not the quantity but the quality what makes these workshops so successful... "For many are invited, but few are chosen." I love y'all and again #MANYTHANKS!


Today is my Birthday, and for the first time in a while I don’t have unfulfilled wishes and deep longings from regret. I am getting reacquainted with the fearless girl inside that never took “no” for an answer growing up, and I am learning to speak my mind and be more clear and concise about what I want. I started in January saying this was New Year and I am a new me- and that has materialized. I also have entered a new level in my dancing! In order to be a champion I have to continue to evolve and let myself become pure gold- but gold becomes pure by being thrown into fire.

Class with Antonio was tough! At first we were smiling and laughing during the smooth warm up and then all of a sudden Antonio got really intense. I know from working together that Antonio is a visionary, sometimes he fusses based on what he is seeing in the future and I know to begin to transform and connect to reach his intensity.  I can see my showcase routine as a diamond being formed through pressure as I am committing my choreography to memory quicker than I ever have. All of a sudden my mind goes blank for a moment and I make a misstep on my shoulder check. I could injure Antonio if I don’t execute this correctly; and I raise my hand at the wrong point. He becomes furious and for a moment I panic and my mouth goes dry. I go over the counts in my head making a mental note to go over this step in my practice sessions as his safety is of the utmost importance to me. We are a team and I need to look out for him just like he looks out for me.

Today’s life lesson is to be hot or cold or he will vomit me out of his mouth I give him blank stare because he doesn’t even realize that is a direct quote from the Bible – almost verbatim from Revelations 3:16. In the context of dancing what he is saying is to make a definite decision when taking a step. If I am wrong it will be easier to correct than if I am unsure of my steps. As I apply this to my life it means to be bold and confident about my decisions- if I make a mistake it can be corrected but if I continue to play it safe at the crossroads without taking a step I will never know how great I can become.  My last bit of choreography for the day is a kick ball change into a box step and I get it perfect a couple of times but can’t seem to repeat my success. I am feeling agitated and want to perfect the step but unfortunately class is over - I hate to end class this way. As always we end class with a hug- above everything we are friends. Classes are not always filled with butterflies and rainbows – but that’s ok. Antonio wants me to be the best dancer I can be; the best person I can be from the inside out- and I truly want to know how great I can become.

By: Kamaria George (09/30/2016)


I am so excited as Antonio has invited me back to share my thoughts and dreams in a weekly column. As I am learning to live with the idea of limitless possibilities I invite you to join me for Chapter 2 as I begin living in the reality of one of my greatest successes and look forward to my next steps.

Today I am sitting in quiet stillness absorbing the rays of sunlight on the second day of autumn. Intermittently the wind blows giving a calming embrace as my thoughts run wild. Argentina was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I surprised myself as all of the preparation, blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice transformed me into a different person - I found myself on the ballroom floor as observed by Anna Smart one of the competition organizers. This is probably the best description of what happened to me. I am not the same woman I was when I left Atlanta, there is a clarity and definition of goals like I have never felt before.

 I have jumped right into preparation for my Salsa Choreography. I had a class with Maxi who introduced me to the cross body lead turn. The turn had me feeling like I was learning to dance for the first time all over again! He spun me over and over again until I became dizzy as I had forgotten to spot- Maxi even accused me of being drunk as I was starting to stumble through the turn. Finally he pulls out some blue tape and places it on the ground and tells me to stay on the line as I complete the step. After several attempts I finally get the turn he smiles and hugs me; it truly felt great to finally get it! The next week as I am preparing for my class with Maxi I get a big surprise as Antonio has returned from Argentina and drops by the studio to encourage me, and to cause me to start thinking about my vision for the next year. One powerful thing I draw from Antonio is to always keep moving forward looking to the next level, simultaneously performing in the present while focusing on the future.

Finally I have my first class with Antonio to set my routine. I have been ecstatic waiting for my steps playing my song La Camisa Negra by Juanes over and over for the past few months! As we begin there is a lot of walking in the beginning of the routine. Antonio asks me why I thought he was having me walk so much. I was thinking perhaps he wanted to make a statement similar to choreographers Blondell Cummings and Paul Taylor who use everyday movement in their pieces, but as it turns the walking was added to help me improve my posture. As we move through the steps I am realizing that this is a piece that will help build my confidence – even when Antonio and I are in closed position the routine demands me to step outside of my comfort zone and be fierce!  The Life lesson with Antonio for the day is to move with purpose- when you don’t have a purpose you are unsure and you lack definition and power. In addition to making my life lessons a reality my challenge is to learn my routine in 6 weeks and I am ready! After performing in Argentina I am ready to take this routine and this year by storm!!!

By: Kamaria George (09/23/2016)


... I would like to share this special video that Sebastian Colavita prepared and gave me on my birthday, showcasing the best moments of the #SouthAmericanOpenCompetition 2016 as I danced and performed with my students  Valeria Celano and Kamaria S George Atlanta as well as my partner in crime Sebastian. Almost, never I have the opportunity to see myself dancing from the outside and watch how much fun I am actually having on the floor. There is no doubt that dancing continues making me very happy and helps me express different feelings and emotions, while at the same time I help my students make their dreams become true. Once again THANK YOU SO MUCH Sebastian for putting this video together for me to help keep these memories alive for ever! #dazadance#daza#becomingbetter#Ibelieveinmiracles#worldpromotions#argentina#buenosaires


In 2014 I had the opportunity to go to Argentina for the first time... Thanks to Bonnie K Emerson I had the opportunity to make one my long dreams come true. She was the first one taking on this journey with me outside of the USA and I will forever be thankful to her for all her trust, caring and willingness to step outside of her confort zone with me. Because of this trip with her my life changed forever. Take a look at this interview done by Anna Smart to her during our way back from the "Estancia Trip" on Monday after the competition wa over and it was time to relax... Enjoy! #dazadance#daza#becomingbetter#ibelieveinmiracles#southamericanopen#worlsdanceexperience#atlanta#argentina#buenosaires


Valeria Celano and Antonio Daza did a great job at the last #SouthAmericanOpen Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina last month obtaining 1st place on both American Smooth and American Rhythm Closed Bronze Multi-Dance Events as well as the "Top South American Student" over all. We are so proud of her for working so hard and diligently during the whole year to to make her dreams come true and get the results that she wanted out her goals. Thank you also to Sebastian Colavita and Celeste Italiano for all their professionalism, dance experience and passion while working with Valeria during the times I was in USA... #dazadance#daza#becomingbetter, #southamericanopen, #BuenosAires#Argentina


At 5:00 AM I wake up for my hair and make-up call at 6:30. Antonio and Sebastian come to get me from my room and make sure I have breakfast before this incredibly long day. Breakfast is not ready yet but they find me some coffee and juice and Facturas (yay!!) before Antonio takes me to hair and make-up. After being transformed I run to my room and get dressed. Antonio comes to get me to take me to the ballroom, and when I get downstairs my nerves are going haywire, I am feeling so much pressure wanting to dance well and make a good impression for Daza Dance. My head is spinning and I am about to vomit. Valeria takes me away for a few minutes to a side room. I run into the hair stylist who fixes my hair while I am swallowing table salt which keeps me from being sick. Valeria is holding my hand and comforting me and her peaceful spirit helps me to collect my thoughts. Finally I am calm enough to re- enter the ballroom, and after a short practice session I am feeling better. When I took the floor for my first dance the nerves were gone! I just relaxed an enjoyed dancing with the best dancing coach in the world, and dancing my personal best! I was filled with such joy and never wanted these moments to end! When I wasn’t dancing I got to soak up watching the technique, creativity and artistry from Chile, Germany, Costa Rica, and many other nations. I also gleaned from our dancing family getting to watch Valeria and Antonio majestically move on the ballroom floor, and she shone as well with Enrique her other partner. Likewise her sister Costanza was delightful to watch as she performed with Sebastian, her love for dance came through with every movement. Of course I also loved watching the divine Celeste and Enrique, Celeste reminds me so much of Masha as she and Enrique illuminated the dance floor. I also enjoyed watching the joyful Christian and Stella, and the Regal Estella and Sebastian- Estella is indeed a queen as she and Sebastian move beautifully through the floor. Sonia looked like an Egyptian princess as she dazzled in her beautiful gown with the love of dance flowing through her. I was also deeply moved by watching Sebastian and Ligeia move throughout the ballroom, their lines were utterly perfect and their connection was seamless- It’s easy to see Ligeia is a former ballerina a she and Sebastian execute each dance with precision and ease.  At the end of the Day I was able to celebrate with Valeria who got top honors in Rhythm and with several members of Colavita who took home top honors as well. I felt blessed to be a part of a family of champions and to be present in a ballroom with some of the best dancers in the world. When we concluded for the Day we came back later for the group presentations and performances. Antonio and Sebastian performed an amazing East Coast Swing that electrified the crowd. After the performance I was grateful for sleep as I had only slept 4 hours in 2 days!

The next day of the competition was the smooth day- I had no nerves and just had fun. I remembered every correction and even my Foxtrot looked great! I understood in that moment why Antonio is so tough on me and never lets me get away with even the smallest detail. His demands for perfection helped me fine tune and dance with a confidence I never knew I had, and helped me not to second guess myself when the pressure was on. I had another day of dancing my personal best and feeling like I was gliding around the dance floor. Joy that had been hidden in my heart for years was coming out and shining. I became very known for my Tango face, and scared some poor lady so bad she made a point to come tell me. At the end of the day Valeria took hope top honors again in the smooth I didn’t realize she had never competed in smooth before, what an amazing accomplishment. Other members of Colavita Studio were also taking home awards. That night at the VIP dinner for the South American Open I was so surprised that I, along with other members of my team received my participation medal from Anna Smart one of the organizers of the South American Open. Usually this medal would be given at my school, but they wanted to acknowledge me, and were hopeful that I would return.

For the evening session we had a ceremony where they announced each Country and I got to walk around the ballroom with Antonio and other members of the United States behind the American Flag. It was exciting to see all of the other countries represented as well. That night there were several wonderful performances including Amazing performances Manuel Favilla and Natalie Maduik. I was in awe of how Natalie moved across the floor, stunningly beautiful and completely captivating. I felt like a child wanting to capture and copy her every movement. Another wonderful thing that happened was that I was honored to be present as Sebastian got inducted into the Choreography Hall of Fame. I felt so proud to have had the opportunity to work with him in Atlanta when he choreographed my last showcase, and to now be present as he accomplished this amazing achievement.

Later that evening was after party. I still wanted to dance so Antonio challenged me to do Gangum style.  I think it surprised everyone to see me totally free of any inhibitions on the dance floor and just having fun- I couldn’t stop dancing. Celeste was laughing saying “where is Kamaria!!!” Sebastian just stared at me and said “you danced a lot!!!”

I never like to visit a city without learning something about and embracing the culture, and the next two days Antonio and Valeria were gracious enough to take me throughout Buenos Aires. We went the first day to LaBoca, The Birthplace of Tango with the beautiful colored buildings and saturated with beautiful art. Next we visited Puerto Madero a beautiful pier that represented the modern architecture of Buenos Aires. Later that evening there was an awards ceremony that acknowledged every student. I was deeply moved to hear what Antonio thought of me, and I got to tell my story and thank Antonio for this wonderful journey that has changed my life.

The next day we went to The Evita Museum in Palermo, and to a hauntingly beautiful Cemetery in Recoleta. After we had lunch with Sebastian at El Club De La Milanesa It was time to leave, so sadly I boarded the plane.  I couldn’t sleep on the plane as wonderful memories permeated my soul. The Sun was rising as I was flying into Buenos Aires, and the moon was setting as I landed in Atlanta. Incidentally my name means like the moon, and like the moon I feel reinvigorated from my time in Buenos Aires to bring light and joy to a world that desperately needs encouraging.

When I woke up this morning I stared down at my glittering fingernails, the last remnant of my performance, glittering like Cinderella’s slipper after the ball. Chapter 2 begins today as I start my Salsa

Choreography for the next showcase. Where will my dreams take me this year? It’s time to continue on my path and go beyond the limitations of my mind- not just for myself, but as an encouragement to all I come in contact with.

I would like to thank Antonio for helping me transform not only as a dancer, but as a person and for letting me use his blog to write 200 articles. He has helped lead me on a path to find the best version of myself and to embrace who I am completely, giving me tools for success in every area of my life.

By: Kamaria George (08/22/2016)


As I was arriving in Buenos Aires I got to watch the sun rise through the clouds and almost appear to be  level with the plane.  I was thinking this is a new day for me; and I was to embark on one of my greatest adventures. Antonio met me at the airport with Enrique, a student at Sebastian’s studio.  As I was riding into the city I began to realize I was fulfilling my dream- everything for a year had built up to this moment. The thoughts running through my mind were competing with the eclectic architecture, and parts of the city that reminded me of places I had visited in France, Belgium, England, and even cities in the United States like San Francisco in California, and New York City. Before going to the hotel we went to say Hello to Sebastian who went with us across the street to this this delightful bakery with Facturas, delicious pastries with all sorts of flavors. My favorites were the Dulce de leche, the crème centered ones, and a flat one with a berry jam. I ate two on the ride over to the hotel and saved the others for a midnight snack!

When we got to the hotel my room wasn’t ready so we went straight to rehearsal at Ensuenio. The studio reminded me of dance studios in New York City with the long marble staircase leading to the top and antique wood finishes. I met Susanna the owner whose warm demeanor made me feel at home and who makes the best cup of coffee in the world.  The room where  I was rehearsing had a beautiful mural that looked like petals painted in a color between lavender and violet.  For the first time I was rehearsing with a mirror; at Daza Dance there are no mirrors which actually is a good thing for me; I can concentrate on connecting with Antonio and not feel self-conscience about how I look. This time however, I am using the mirror to make corrections. As always I am full of anxiety, I haven’t seen Antonio in 2 weeks and I usually freak out because it takes time to reestablish a connection, and this time was no different. I do really great on the Rhythm dances and then during the smooth dances I fall apart with the Foxtrot. (No surprise here) Antonio gets frustrated and starts fussing, and I get really angry with him - which is great because our next dance to rehearse is Tango. I don’t even have to look in the mirror to know how scary my Tango face is looking right now!!!  Next we are doing The Waltz and I have to be sweet again – but I don’t want to be sweet! I want to keep my Tango face because I am furious, but I soften and become sweet again. After a very intense practice we shake off the rehearsal, hug and have lunch. I have a ham, egg, and cheese pastry similar to a quiche and some more of Susanna’s delicious coffee!!

Back at the hotel I am greeted by my friend Heather who has been one of my best friends since we were 13. We were ballerinas together a Terpsicore studios in Atlanta and attended Northside High School of the performing arts together. It meant the world for me to see her and to know that she would be there for me as I performed as friends like her come once in a lifetime. After catching up I am getting ready for a Tango Show.  Before the show starts I get to learn some Argentine Tango from one of the dancers and totally forget my Tango Face! I have more of a Lucille Ball/ I love Lucy/ East Coast Swing face because I am so excited and happy. The show was a dinner theatre with several couples who performed together and separately; some of the performances were so emotional I could feel them all through me. The show also included Gaucho performers who infuse the audience with a vibrant explosive energy.  We get back at the Hotel shortly after midnight and I can’t sleep as I have too much excitement and expectancy about what is to come. Tomorrow continues my journey further into the unknown!

By: Kamaria George (08/20/2016)


...This has definitely been one of the most fun, exciting and humbling experiences I've had in the last few years. Although I have put a lot of energy, work blood, tears and effort in my work as a ‪#‎ballroomdanceinstructor‬ the last eight years as well as building Daza Dance and only wished that it could be noticed just as that, I recognized that performing a professional show with Sebastian Colavita was very very exciting... maybe I will do it again soon! Thank you so much Sebastian Colavita for encouraging me to get back on the floor and perform with you.... I would not have asked for a better dance partner to share this experience. Sebastian did a fantastic job choreographing this piece that, without a doubt, brought the best of our personalities out on the floor... the crowd felt our energy and how much we were enjoying it. Thank you Andrew and Anna Smart for providing this space and for putting together such a beautiful event where ‪#‎people‬ can express freely through the language of ‪#‎Dance‬ beyond their cultures, religions, sexual orientations and political views, and to TRULLY come together. ‪#‎dazadance‬‪#‎daza‬‪#‎iloveballroomdance‬‪#‎southamericanopen‬‪#‎Argentina‬‪#‎Antoniodaza‬‪#‎becomingbetter‬‪#‎ibelieveinmiracles‬