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Ben Brillante and Eva Li will perform at the Canberra Latin Dance Festival this weekend.
Bachata but not as you may know it
Kimberley Le Lievre
Hot moves and scant outfits are set to
heat up the capital for the fourth
annual Canberra Latin Dance Festival
to be held from this Friday to Sunday,
From salsa and samba to cha cha
and bachata, performances will be
held across the three nights to
showcase the talent.
Professional dancers as well as
those who have come up through the
ranks in Canberra will perform across
the three nights.
Ben Brillante and dance partner Eva
Li are taking to the stage on Saturday
night for a less traditional version of
Mr Brillante remembers the exact
first moment he took to Latin dancing
-- October 16, 2004.
"A friend of mine invited me to
attend a Latin night event after my
friend s wedding and I was
gobsmacked from that point onwards,"
"I loved the social aspect of it, how
people are free willing to engage in a
dance without any strings attached."
Mr Brillante has performed
nationally several times and is a
national instructor for Latin dancing.
On Saturday he will be performing
his favourite style -- the bachata.
"Bachata has that sensualness, that
passion, that emotive way of singing,
the music is very emotional.
I feel a connection with the
music," he said.
However the dance Mr Brilliante
and Ms Li are set to perform is not the
"It doesn t have the distinct bachata
beat but what we ve done is creatively
interpret the music and employed
contemporary moves with bachata
moves, so it s a creative piece."
Ms Li said she was thrilled to be
dancing with Mr Brillante at the
"It s crazy; you go up there and the
lights are so bright, they re blinding,"
"Then you see the crowds. It s really
breathtaking and nerve wracking."
The Canberra Latin Dance Festival
was launched in 2012 by Salsabor
Dance Studio sisters Raquel Paez
Riccardo and Andrea Paez Warner.
The festival hosts national and
international performances at the
Australian National University Sports
and Recreation Centre.
For further details or the program
of events, head online and visit
Life as a chicken through PETA's virtual eyes
University of Canberra students
immersed in the I, Chicken virtual
University of Canberra students took
time on campus to see what life was
like as a chicken.
PETA Australia brought their I,
Chicken virtual reality installation to
the university s campus last week
which gave many a bird s-eye view
of chicken behaviour.
In 40 years, chicken has grown from
an occasional treat to a staple part of
the diet of most Australians.
Based on Australian Bureau of
Statistics research released in 2011,
the Australian Chicken Meat Industry
estimated that the consumption of
chicken meat from 2010--11 had
reached 43.9kg per person.
PETA campaign director Jason
Baker said the virtual experience
builds empathy for chickens and
helped people to see them as animals
rather than breast, wings and legs.
Every chicken is an individual
with the ability to enjoy dust baths and
perches, form friendships and families,
and feel pain, he said.
Participants in the innovative
campaign soon see first-hand how the
life for any of the 26 million chickens
slaughtered every day isn t a walk in
On factory farms, they can be
crammed by the tens of thousands into
filthy sheds and are bred to grow such
unnaturally large upper bodies that
their legs often become crippled under
their own weight.
PETA outlined that at
slaughterhouses, chicken s throats are
cut and millions of conscious birds are
scalded to death in de-feathering
The animal rights organisation s
youth division, peta2, plan to take the
cutting-edge, three-minute I, Chicken
experience to more than 100 college
campuses so young people can get a
first-hand glimpse of the realities of
the poultry industry.
FULL WEEK OF RIESLING
EVENTS AT ALBERT HALL
The annual Canberra International
Riesling Challenge 2015 starts on
Tuesday, October 13, with judging of
nearly 500 wines from seven countries
at Albert Hall. The biggest event of its
type in the Southern Hemisphere, it
encompasses judging which rewards
winemaking excellence, seminars to
improve the breed in the vineyard and
winery, and Master Classes for those
in the industry and enthusiasts to build
their knowledge and enjoy tasting with
premium wines from the US and the
Clare Valley. The riesling week
concludes with a massive consumer
tasting this Saturday at Albert Hall,
Details and booking information for
the seminars and Master Classes:
Several officials kept hold of their
roles after elections at the Woden
Valley Community Council (WVCC)
annual general meeting last week.
WVCC president Martin Miller
(Chifley) kept his position as did
deputy president Mike Reddy (Curtin).
Archana Boniface (Pearce) was
elected secretary, Bill O Brien
(Torrens) is treasurer and Timoshenko
Aslanides (Torrens) is minute
Committee members elected
include Jenny Stewart (Torrens), Chris
Erett (Lyons), Fiona Carrick (Torrens)
and Julian Fitzgerald (Farrer).
Mr Miller said the council would
maintain its focus on top priority
issues such as the Woden Bus
Interchange, town centre renewal, the
closure of CIT Woden and the future
of higher education in the area.
He said consultation on the ACT
Basin Priority project was also a focus
but wasn t sure whether projects
targeting water quality at Yarralumla
Creek would be realised in light of
high needs across the other six
"All the options across six
catchments -- it was close to $1 billion
so the $85 million available is going to
fall way short of that," he said.
"They have done all that work now,
so there is a blueprint there for the
ACT Government to keep chipping
away at projects through future
A strong appetite for sport in the
region creating the need for more
available and adequate recreational
facilities was a top priority issue.
It would form part of the
community council s ACT Budget
Algae forces lake closure, events face cancellation
Tuggeranong Community Council
president Glenys Patulny said that
the health and safety of volunteers
supersedes concerns about the
health of the lake.
A series of community events are
under threat of being cancelled after a
recent outbreak of Tychonema algae
forced the closure of Lake
During the closure, a ban on
swimming, diving, water skiing and
wind surfing will be in place.
The Environment Protection
Authority had indicated that the algae
could endanger the health of pets.
Tuggeranong Community Council
secretary Paul Nichols said the health
risk that the algae posed had caused
Tuggeranong Lake Carers to rethink
an upcoming clean-up event.
"Health always has to come first and
we must be careful," he said. "It s not
yet confirmed but we are thinking
instead of the next clean-up we may
instead have to do an erosion control
workshop at the Wanniassa inlet."
TCC president Glenys Patulny said
the health and safety of volunteers
superseded concerns about lake health.
"I spoke with the health directorate
and they said theoretically we could go
ahead if we were careful," she said.
"But because of possible questions
around that risk, there is real concern
with some of the members."
Activities sub-committee member
Adrian Brown said if the algal bloom
continues, the upcoming Great Carp
Catch fishing competition may need to
be postponed, too.
"At the moment we are getting plans
under way; however, the warm spell
and algae seems to be playing against
us," he said.
"We have had some fantastic
volunteers donate their time.
Even if we have to push back the
date, we will still be ready for it," Mr
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