As the last few days of the old month slip slowly by, it's time to look back at the goings on of recent weeks. March was a time of haflas for Sakura, with three very different events following hot on one another's heels. Rather than do in-depth reviews which probably won't mean much to a lot of you, we're going to look at these in general - and use them to reflect on what makes a good hafla. Of course we may at times drift off and become distracted by the minutiae, but just bear with us and we'll get there!
So here goes ....
So - three very different haflas, all of which we enjoyed but for different reasons. So what actually makes a good hafla for Sakura?
Obviously venue is important - roomy, comfortable, easy to get to ... So are the range of dances (although having said that, being tribalistas we love a good all-tribal hafla too!). Pretty things to buy go down well, as does winning the raffle (both of us won in Liverpool!). Bars and food are good, although invariably we just CAN'T eat until we've performed (which can be an issue if we're on late!) and after Cayte's experience of having to (unexpectedly) perform after a couple of vodkas at Sarah;s wedding that's a bit of a no-no too!
However, one thing above all others is an essential for a good hafla ...
Friendly, welcoming hostesses, a warm, enthusiastic audience, the chance to catch up and have a bop with friends. That's what REALLY matters. That's what gives you that post hafla buzz and leaves you going away wanting more. And that's what Sakura were lucky enough to experience this month!
Until next time - happy dancing!