The Battle of the Dance Dinner Show features world class Celtic, Flamenco, Bollywood, and Latin Baile dancers enhanced with rotating variety acts of magic, ventriloquism, and comedy. It’s a spectacular combination of color, light, and movement, and the international cast of professional dancers create astounding artistry. Mesmerized by hypnotic rhythms, stirring choreography, and stunning movements, we experienced exceptional entertainment, world-class performers, an intense dance competition, and a delicious dining experience. After seeing half a dozen dinner shows, my husband and I found our favorite with Battle of the Dance.
An amazing evening of live music and entertainment opened with a festive pre-show as we prepared to take our seats and begin our dining experience. The show began with a brief narration of an old legend. In 1588, hurricane winds blew the remnants of the Spanish Armada onto the western shores of Ireland, and by this strange chance joined their blood, their culture, and their passion for dance. The Spanish Flamenco passion and style combined with the Celtic dancers’ incredible rhythms and lightening speed footwork had us holding our breath in amazement.
The skit quickly morphed into the first large dance number; with two distinct styles, Latin and Irish, cultural touches and techniques were easily distinguished. The costumes were beautiful and the synchronicity with the dancers was perfection, which was particularly obvious with the large numbers that often had 20 people moving in unison on stage.
In a great change-of-pace, both styles were combined briefly to create something totally unexpected; Indian Bollywood dancing became a magical swirl of color and precision. It was a great opportunity to be exposed to all kinds of cultural and ethnic dance. We felt as if we were traveling about the globe, getting a glimpse of the different types of dance.
The final battle theme sequence displayed the principal dancers Javier Valverde Hidalgo, Elena Romero Rodriguez, Stehpanie Serwe, and Kyle Hatfield. Stephanie seemed weightless as she soared through the air and controlled each body part with precision and elegance. Elena moved so quickly that it seemed impossible to maintain precision, yet she did it with a smile on her face. Javier’s performance was the most strenuous of all and he too laughed at the thought of exhaustion. Of particular interest was Kyle Hatfield, the award-wining principal male Irish/Celtic dancer and a familiar name in Irish dance circles. Born and raised in Orange County, California, Kyle began dancing at the age of nine inspired by River Dance. His fancy, wild footwork was mesmerizing and I couldn’t take my eyes off of him; when he was on stage, no one else existed. He didn’t break a sweat during his elaborate battle with Spanish dancer Javier Hidalgo and he matched the grace of Stephanie Serwe. He was the ultimate gem of Battle of the Dance.
Battle of the Dance would be wonderful as just a dance show, but the food was very good and the dining room service efficient and speedy. With options for even picky eaters and appetizers, drinks, and dessert included, there were no complaints with the cuisine selection.
It was an extremely entertaining evening that won over the entire crowd; even young children were amazed at the footwork and skill of the dancers. Regardless of your love of dance, watching the movements and grace of these performers can be enjoyed and appreciated by all that attend.
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