From London and Paris with love; Dancing at the European Championship this weekend in Kremlin, Moscow!
While rehearsing for my big day in Moscow, I’ve been asked by someone watching me practicing, ‘How are you going to compete with the best of the best in the industry? You must be nervous?’ No doubt, I do have the little butterflies in my stomach before entering the dance floor in Kremlin, flooded with the shiny spotlights, surrounded by the TV camera lenses and photographers’ flashlights, along with the air of suspense and anticipation of the audience.
The room is oozing with a complex fusion of scents, from the luxurious fragrances worn by the ladies in long evening gowns, the flavour of freshly cut fruits, champagne and flowers on the neatly laid tables, to the smell of the oak wooden floor mixed with the odour of the spray tan and sweat, – all this reinforces my vivid picture of the competition environment, gathered from the snippets of my last year memories while performing in Kremlin.
Breath-taking or embarrassing, – nothing slips away from the vigilant eye of the attentive Russian audience. But what a joy it is, to dream with your feet, and to share your creative world with others! It is a delightful moment of bliss, when you captivate a fleeting glimpse of an engaged viewer, who feels inspired, carried away or simply intrigued by watching your performance. I feel blessed to do what I love, reaching for the infinite power of imagination, that I express in the conversation between my body, my soul and the rhythm.
Someone said to me once, ‘Yes, it is rewarding to be an artist and a performer, but the price you pay for being so sensitive, that you can mirror your ‘lowest emotional downfalls’ and the thrilling peaks in your artwork, must be simply too high!’.
Sure, it is high! ‘You have to feel the blues, to sing the blues!’
But, boy, it’s worth it! And if I had to choose my way through the artistic jungle once again, I would have taken the same path with the final destination called ‘dance’.
Dance has brought so many colours into my life! Sad moments of being heartbroken, or exciting times of celebrating my success, I had my confidence, that dance will sooth my soul and catch me, when I fall. Dance has always been my most devoted and affectionate boyfriend, who has never betrayed me nor let me down! I always felt welcome in its generous embraces of unconditional love.
Dance made me who I am today, and it keeps me motivated to search for solutions for my brother in a wheelchair to regain his physical freedom. I am deeply moved by the internal strength and the courage of all the people, like my brother, affected by a sudden loss of mobility, who found their impetus to strive and to believe in themselves.
Getting back to the initial question of feeling nervous to perform on the same stage with the most talented dancers from all over the world: sure, nervousness is part of the game, but a much smaller part, compared to the joy and thrill of sharing your creative world with others!
My appreciation goes to all of you, who inspired me, encouraged and empowered me on the way, and gave me the pleasure of the moment to perform for you!
I will keep you in my heart while entering the festive hall of the Kremlin Palace under the tunes of the Russian anthem at the European Championship this weekend!
Now, allow me to share with you my latest dance show, that I did for the London Fashion Week, in which I celebrated the forces, that nurture our passion, our vitality, our zest for life and the power of desire!
Sounds of castanets and the march of a Toreador – that’s the vibe of our opening dance show ‘Carmen’ today at the Masquerade Ball at the Kensington Close Hotel! To the tunes of Bizet’s Opera, we will be performing for you a fiery Paso Doble dance!
WHERE: The Kensington Close Hotel, Wrights Lane, W8 5SP, London
WHEN: Saturday, 12 Nov.2016, door opens at 7pm, show at 9.15 pm
Yet another year we are privileged to be chosen to represent France at the World Dance Championship in Kremlin, Moscow!
For me, this journey always brings nostalgic memories of growing up in the Soviet Latvia, when my father used to come back home in his fighter pilot uniform of the Russian Army.
I recall those days like a Soviet film from the past, where I am able to play a part and shape the storyline.
It all starts from the moment when the sumptuous halls of the Aurora Hotel on Petrovka street, that we call our home for a few days, are welcoming us with the grand style design of the Tsarist Russia.
No time to procrastinate in the lavish hotel lounges, – we register by the delegation of the World Dance Council and get ourselves ready for the mission!
It’s nothing less but the World Dance Championship and the stakes are high!
Hours of rehearsing, grooming and planning… and we are embarking on a journey through the strictly guarded gates of the Red Square. We are wondering through the maze of the endless corridors of Kremlin, till eventually reaching the festive Congress Hall, that breathes with Russian history. You glance at the grand stage and imagine the line-up of the remarkable performers it has seen. And that’s the moment I have to pinch yourself, because in couple of hours we are entering this stage and begin with our own story, that we’ll convey through the fusion of movements, music and our creative spirit.
Diana Buraka: European Dance Championship 2016 in Moscow and our journey as the French Dance Champions
Good-bye Russia and hello France! If there were a time of the year that hasn’t lacked for bright colors, dynamic motions and intense moments, then it has been the last, and coming weekend.
It was a magnificent event, and the timing of it couldn’t have been any better, because it corresponded with the Russian Orthodox Easter festivities. All the streets were greeting us with colorful arches of flowers, gigantic Easter eggs, folkloric fairy tale characters and traditional Easter market stalls. The vibrant Easter celebrations were in full swing, and after dancing our heart out in the historic hall of the Kremlin, we felt like butter-rich pancakes with some hot chocolate from the Sunday market would be a perfect treat!
Exactly one year ago, we had a truly memorable moment at this very event, when we became the French Champions. We have been very proud to carry this significant title and we will be delighted to dance again for this trophy this coming Sunday!
You are welcome to keep your fingers and toes crossed! 😉
Dear Friends, it’s been a while since I haven’t updated you on my recent dance ventures. Here are few recent dance highlights.
The biggest and most exciting news from the last year was the beginning of our new chapter in our dance history as the French Champions in professional Latin American Dancing. We have won the championship in Valence and therefore we have the honor to represent France at the major international dance competitions like the European and World dance championships. Listening to the French national anthem right after the award ceremony and the honor dance were some of the sweetest moments in my life that I have been dreaming for a long time. The moment you say to yourself ‘Unbelievable! That is happening right now!’ feels quite surreal!
Our following adventure was a fusion of dance and couture. We brought some swing rhythms to the London Fashion Week, performing for London luxury evening-wear designer, Nina Naustdal. That was a fun time to rock n roll on the runway to the cheerful tunes of ‘How sweet it is to be loved by you’
One of my friends, Jay Hoffman, is a talented singer and we helped him to promote his new album, ‘Modern Vintage’ by performing a dance choreographed for one of his songs ‘I won’t kill’. My inspirations for this show have been gathered from the ‘Twilight’ saga…Needless to say…it was spooky…
The mood was very different at our next dance show at the Savoy, devoted to the 100-year anniversary of Frank Sinatra. We had the pleasure to support a charitable cause of raising money for the disadvantaged children by performing our show at the Savoy alongside the renown ‘Rat Pack’ from the West End.
This month will be very important in our dance calendar because we’ve been chosen by the French Dance Federation to represent France at the European Championship that will take place in Moscow. We will be dancing on the floor of the festive hall in the Kremlin, home of iconic performances of the Bolshoi and other music stars. We can’t wait for this major event with the best of the best from all European countries!
Last weekend has been spent yet again on the Planet of creative thinking, artistic ideas and imaginative dance motion! This time I choreographed to accompany the launch of a remarkable new album called “Modern Vintage” by Jay Hofman and his own label ‘Haus of Hofman’. The concert will take place on Saturday, the 12th of December at 8pm at the Conway Hall in Holborn, London. Together with my dance partner we will be performing to lyrical numbers ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘I Won’t Kill’.
My inspirations for this show have been gathered from the ‘Twilight’ saga…
Needless to say…it is meant to be intense, passionate and dramatic, but what may appear unexpected, is the element of reckless unconditional love with its harrowing demands and fatal sacrifices!
The powerful lyrics say ‘I won’t kill, cause I love you’!
Well…my dance interpretation is more cold-blooded than those promises …
It’s a story of a couple torn apart by the death of a fiancée, who was lured into the dark Kingdom of the Vampires. In a moment of deep sorrows he pleads for her not to leave him. When she is resurrected, his doubts and suspicions about her mysterious awakening are dispelled by her innocent appearance of the same loving girl he always knew. When confronted with the realization of her becoming a Vampire, he is encouraged to trust her promise not to harm him. Little did he know, that Vampires can not resist their instincts. Also her temptation of re-uniting with her beloved through the cold-blooded Vampire link becomes overwhelming…
If you are intrigued to see this act on stage, join us this Saturday at 8pm at the Conway Hall!
Dancing at the Savoy tonight at the Gala ball to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra and support a charitable cause. Join me on this occasion and brush up on your dancing tonight!
Dear Friends, let me invite you to a sophisticated dinner dance ball at the Savoy in London in the company of a glamorous cosmopolitan audience who is united by their passion for Frank Sinatra’s songs and a charitable engagement.
Tonight, we will be performing a dance show to pay tribute to the most iconic American jazz singer, Frank Sinatra, for his 100th anniversary.
The profits of this Gala event are going to Variety – the Children’s charity, to help disadvantaged children to have a better chance in life.
It is a great honor for me to support this cause, because of the personal story of my brother, who has lost his mobility after a sports accident. In that difficult moment, we were embraced by the hearts of generous and loving people. This still inspires me until now to give back my love and support to those who need that ‘little something’ to gather their strength and look forward with their next challenge with a smile on their face. To buy a ticket for this event, follow this link:
Frank Sinatra Celebration Dinner
30th November 2015, 7pm, at the Savoy Hotel, London
Dancing at the European Championship in Moscow this weekend. It is taking place in the State Kremlin Palace that used to be a modern arena for Communist Party meetings, important state events and inaugurations. Everything will be in a good old Soviet style, including our confidential meeting with Vladimir 😉
It is such an honor for us to represent France at the World Dance Championship this year. I am looking forward to sharing the dance floor with the best of the best from their countries. Today Disneyland in Paris opens their doors of the luxury New York Hotel for the professional Latin dancers from all over the world. It will be the third consecutive year that we have qualified to represent France at this major international dance competition. Last year we have traveled as far as Los Angeles to dance at the World Dance Championship. This time we dance for France in France – lots of excitement to perform for this major event and a great audience!
European Dance Championship 2014: on my way to Moscow to dance in Kremlin. Such an honor to be selected to dance at this big event!