HELSINKI SAMBA CARNAVAL 10.6.-17.


The traditional Helsinki samba carnival was here saturday. The costumes was colourful and beautiful and the tone was so joyfull. The music was great just like the weather also! Sun shined and people were happy. It was the perfect day! 

I love samba and I’m very happy we’ve got our own carnival here. I almost wanted to go dancing in that line. I can dance samba cause younger I use to go on bailatino classes for a while. The basic samba is easy…(atleast in my mind but it can be because of my strong dance background but) I think anyone can do it somehow…maybe not so perfectly but it doesn’t matter at carnival. Competitive dance is different thing…

Enjoy this carnivalmotion with my picks and video…and have a great new week!

The keynote of some samba school was sauna. This plaque says: ”sauna is warming finnish people hearts”. So true!


DANCING WITH THE STARS- the Winners



Here are ”Dancing with the stars” winners: Anna-Maija Tuokko and Matti Puro.
It’s been a while from finals but I totally forgot to tell you. Well, ”better later than ever” (as we say atleast here in Finland). This was Matti’s third win. I guess he’s quite good teacher. 



Unfortunately Laura Malmivaara had to end her competition because she hurted her arm too badly at rehearsal.
I would like to see her in the finals. She was one of the best…but sure Anna-Maija was also good, congratulations to her and Matti!

DANCING WITH THE STARS-MEMORIES

Let’s check out the history of ”dancing with the stars” in Finland (= Tanssii tähtien kanssa). We have already saw many many great moments. Here you can see some of those too…

Dancer (the teacher): Mikko Ahti and singer: Maria Lund. Winners 2008.

Dancer: Ansku Bergström and finnish pop Star: Antti Tuisku. Winners 2010.

Dancer: Matti Puro with miss Finland 2010: Viivi Pumpanen. Winners 2011.


Matti and Viivi.

Ansku and (duudson) Jarppi 2011 paso-doble. They came second.

Dancer: Matti Puro with comedian: Krisse Salminen. Winners 2012.

Chalston 2014: Janna and Matti, Cristal and Kia and Kaj and Susa.

DANCING WITH THE STARS

The glittering at dance floor have begun…namely the finnish version of dancing with the stars did start last sunday with a new season. I’ve always liked that show and now when I watched this first episode of this season, I just can say: ”WOW”! There is so much quite talented competitior. No one did fail fully. No one did flip steps. Everyone of them could made some kind of perform. 

My favorite was Laura Malmivaara with her partner. They also got the best points (36). Their tango was so elegant and Laura moved beautifully and looked stunning! She as an actor could get the feeling in her dance! ((as you can see in that videoclip), though I would like to see little bit more passion and heat in it)).

Anna-Maija and Matti made also great performance. Their jive were really lively and vivid and I loved that green fringe dres which was on Anna-Maija!

Now when I know how potential dancer there is I wait the next episode eagerly! 

Have a nice weekend!

KOHTAAMISIA/ENCOUNTERS

I love this video! Those solo dancers are so great! (Also love this song).

https://throwback2k.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/thursday-night/

Sunday is usually the day I’m (very) tired. Saturday nights I often stay awake late and then I sleep long (maybe even too long). So I’m tired when I should go to my dancetraining (at sunday). Still when I go there I usually get some energy of training and feel better. 

Like last time, when I felt (again) that I don’t have the energy to go there but then at the class (when I got that fine flow feeling), I felt great and at that time I remembered why I’m doing that. So I got that feeling what Julia is talking about in her blog. 

Partly it’s about that in which point the show where makeing is. I’ve noticed that the beginning of the new coreography it can be a little bit boring but then when it’s getting almost completed, you see the entirety and you’re movements are more complete. It feels great!


In this year we have had a nice theme with in our treining. A theme which is stopping by thinking the real things. We have trained the encounters. That means you have a partner and you come by with her (hope you now what I mean). Sometimes we just walk by (in line) with a partner and maybe touch a little bit, sometimes we make a short coreography with a partner where the meaning is to touch each other. The most important thing is to get the contant with your partner, to feel the connection. You two have to have the eye contact also. That is something really powerfull (if you make it succesfull). 

Specially those walkes in line feels usually great (if your in the right mood), ’cos you don’t have to think your movements, you can only focus on the connection (which is the whole meaning in that section).


If you can feel the connection, you can use it in your normal life also. I myself realised how stresfull and rush life I had lived and almost never stopping by. (Almost) never really encount the people (in my ordinary days). Almost never REALLY listening or encount my live-in partner either. We never really have the quality time together. It’s like the ordinary days (and all should do things) have swalloved me and I can’t see the real things anymore. (Also I have always sleep debt which is effecting to my mood).

Life should not be like that. Still I think it is that quite many of us. The truth is we have so much to do that like I always say: ”There is too little hours in the day”.

Now I’ve tried to stop sometimes in the middle of the day and have breaks even at work. Yesterday when I came home at work I smellt the fine autumn smell (like it smells at august or september usually). It was therapeutic feeling, smell the ”forrest”, even it’s almost november and there’s really not much left of the ”forrest”. I was like ”wow” and I had to stop for a while at my homedoor!

A view in front of our home earlier this autumn.

So you all remember this: stopping by sometimes, leave your (smart)phone for a while and listening to each other moore, so you don’t loose your mind and you can keep the connection with other people and with the nature also!

HYVÄ EKATERINA!/GO EKATERINA VOLKOVA!


Tämä tulee vähän myöhässä, mutta parempi myöhään kuin ei silloinkaan, (kuten tapaan sanoa). Ekaterina Volkova teki upeat suoritukset Rion olympialaisten rytmisessä voimistelussa, vaikka sijoitus olikin vasta 21. Se oli silti Suomen paras olympiatulos. 

Itse olisin odottanut noilla esityksillä vieläkin parempaa sijoitusta! Mielestäni jokainen ohjelma oli todella kaunis ja teknisestikin onnistunut! Hyvin sulavaa voimistelua. Samaan eivät mielestäni läheskään kaikki kilpailijat yltäneet! 

ONNEA JA MENESTYSTÄ JATKOSSA EKATERINA!