A West End cat finds its way into a local Latin dance studio. There, floors fill with merengue, gafieira, and lambada dancers. Wardrobes burst with feathered and beaded samba costumes. Drums and percussion pieces are stacked like decorations. As the cat settles in, as she watches class after dance class, she notices a problem. A shaman costume and a Halloween-themed dance party provide a magnificent solution.

Author’s note:

In 2014, in Brisbane’s West End, Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy celebrated its twentieth birthday. It was a passionate milestone marking the millions of steps taken by the tens of thousands of dancers who had passed through its doors. The dancers were all ages; they came in all shapes and sizes. They were different nationalities. One was blind. Others were deaf. One walked with a limp, yet danced without one. Under the guidance of charismatic Brazilian director, Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco, Australians stepped away from their electronic devices and into the arms of people whose paths they might never otherwise have crossed. They learned to hold one another. They came to understand that partner dancing – Latin partner dancing – is a joyful affair in which the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. To achieve that passionate nirvana, they needed to support, appreciate, and enjoy one another. And that’s what they did. For a time, there was a cat. Her name was Gatinha.

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