Alejandro Rasero (Alex) and Evelina Gluchowska are two dancers who found themselves on the dance floor several years ago, while dancing socially at Sexy and Sensual in London…
They immediately connected and partnered up, quickly becoming one of London’s most popular bachata couples.
“Alejandro didn’t speak English at the time”, Evelina recalls, “but just dancing was enough, we didn’t speak, and we didn’t need to speak.”
Their partnership instantly married two different dance backgrounds; the Spanish-rooted style of Alex with Evelina’s Polish influence, representing two key hubs in the international bachata landscape.
Their partnership, which lasted more than four years, not only boosted London’s bachata scene, but brought with it key messages:
“Dance is a relationship”, they both explain.
“Each song should be like going out on a first date”, Alex describes.
you need to know each other first, then you go for coffee, you talk, drink, cinema, dinner
It’s not about romance, but connection. They make this crystal clear when they look back at their own relationship as dance partners.
“We could have never been a couple”, they both tell me. “We are too different. Sometimes I felt I wanted to kill him!” she says while he laughs, nodding in agreement. “But when it comes to dancing, that’s completely different. A connection happens between two dancers, like in a relationship.”
“Each dance”, Evelina explains, “is a unique relationship. When two people dance together, they need to understand each other. Each woman is different and each man is different, so each couple is different.”
“For about three and a half minutes,” Alex continues, “you are in a relationship with the person you are dancing, and that person is the most important in your life at that very moment – you need to give that impression, you need to show that you are here with her or him – that is how you connect.”
“Learning a routine is just the basis. To be a really good social dancer, you need to adapt, you need to understand your partner.”
“For example, I’m not going to dance sensual the whole song. Each song has a structure and you have to follow the structure. You can’t either, for example, start with sensual or a really sharp movement; you need to know each other first, then you go for coffee, you talk, drink, cinema, dinner. If she says yes to everything, now is the time for sensual. It’s all about evolution. Connecting through the music is essential to evolve during that dance.”
That connection is important no matter who you dance with. “On the dance floor, everyone is equal,” says Evelina. “Everyone is welcome; it does not matter what you do or who you are. On the floor, you are a human being dancing and connecting with another human being.”
“You do not even need to speak – it’s the both of you, the music, the expression of your bodies and the unique, beautiful, special bond you create.”