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Dancing Diplomacy

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DIPLOMAT MAGAZINE “For diplomats, by diplomats” Reaching out the world from the European Union First diplomatic publication based in The Netherlands. Founded by members of the diplomatic corps on June 19th, 2013. "Diplomat Magazine is inspiring diplomats, civil servants and academics to contribute to a free flow of ideas through an extremely rich diplomatic life, full of exclusive events and cultural exchanges, as well as by exposing profound ideas and political debates in our printed and online editions." Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher

In the heart of The Hague, a city known for its international ambiance and diplomatic presence, Diplomat Magazine partnered with the embassies of Argentina, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic to curate a series of after-work diplomatic activities centered around the art of dance. La Residance Dance School became the stage for this cultural convergence, offering diplomats a professional introduction to the rhythmic delights of tango, salsa, and merengue-bachata.

The journey commenced with the grace and passion of the Argentine tango, as the renowned duo Tango Matter, comprising Geraldine Rojas and Ezequiel Paludi, guided a group of diplomats through the fundamentals of this elegant dance form. In three master classes, participants immersed themselves in the intricate footwork and intimate connection that define the essence of tango, gaining insights into Argentine culture beyond diplomatic protocols.

Diplomats Tango Classes

As autumn deepened, the warmth of Dominican rhythms enveloped the dance floor, as Rafael Espinal led a workshop on merengue and bachata.

Against the backdrop of chilly November evenings, diplomats shed their formal attire and embraced the vivacious beats, guided by Espinal’s expertise and accompanied by enlightening narratives on the history of Dominican music. In four lively classes, merengue and bachata became not just dances, but fraternal links among diplomats from a myriad of countries.

Diplomat Magazine Salsa classes.

March brought the pulsating energy of Cuban salsa to the forefront, by Rafael Cala and his team of dancers. With contagious enthusiasm, they infused the diplomatic cohort with the spirit of Havana, teaching the steps and  the cultural nuances embedded within each movement.

At the conclusion of each dance series, the embassies of Argentina, Cuba and Dominican Republic, graciously presented certificates of participation to all attendees.

H.E. Ms. Anet Pino Rivero, Ambassador of Cuba, Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Diplomat Magazine’s Publisher and Ms. Lourdes Escobar, Consul of Cuba presenting the certificates of participations to the Salsa Workshop.

Beyond the mere steps and spins, Dancing Diplomacy encapsulates the essence of cultural exchange and mutual respect. Through shared experiences on the dance floor, diplomats transcend formalities and engage on a human level, fostering trust and empathy essential for effective diplomacy.

Rafael Espinal, Grupo Cultural Ritmo Dominicano.
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