Turquoise Coast Country & Line Dance Festival – Antalya

Turquoise Coast Country & Line Dance Festival, Lara Beach, Antalya-TURKEY

Monday, 15th November 2010 saw Phoenix LDC travelled to Antalya for a week long stay at the Aydınbey King’s Palace Hotel, Evrenski (Side) to be participants in the Turquoise Coast Country  & Line Dance Festival. Arriving at the hotel late in the evening, the group checked into their rooms and afterwards enjoyed a welcoming supper. Most of the group retired for the night soon after but not before briefly looking around the hotel to which everyone was suitably impressed, especially with the ambience and amenities available.

After a good sleep, and an excellent breakfast Tuesday morning, the first workshop took place at Beginner level and this gave everyone a chance to loosen up and enjoy the dancing. A second session took place in the afternoon by the pool. This encouraged some of the other guests to join in and try linedancing for the first time. Later in the day the hotel management asked if the group would perform for their evening show the following night and, of course, the invitation was accepted with pleasure. The rest of the day was free to explore the hotel and its many amenities or simply go for a walk down the beach promenade and take in the sea air. The hardest decision for the ladies was what to book first in the spa centre!

The next day (Wednesday), saw two workshops in the morning; one at Beginner level and the other at Intermediate level where Oscar went through “Arabian Nights” – an unusual dance to say the least! After a delicious evening meal, we gathered in the theatre for a run through prior to the show. It was optional to perform and it was good to see that most of the group joined in for some, if not all, of the dance programme. A total of six dances were performed, four of which were danced to a live music by Simon (Devon Country/Mr Rodeo). Dancing along with Phoenix was Oscar (The Cowboy), together with some of his club members, doing his own unique style of linedancing. It was an enjoyable experience for the group and the comments from the audience after were very positive as they appreciated the opportunity to see linedancing first hand.

Thursday arrived with the Manavgat Boat Trip excursion; this included a visit to a bazaar, a cruise down the Manavgat River to the open sea and a drive to the waterfalls.

The bazaar, in Manavgat City, was the first stop and the amount of stalls there could have filled Wembley Stadium. Needless to say the ladies were in seventh heaven and the guys were holding onto their wallets, but to no avail. A pleasant, leisurely cruise down the river followed and, after dancing on deck and sampling the refreshments from the bar, the boat moored by the beach and a delicious lunch was served. It was soon time to head back to the home berth and the waiting coach to take us onto the Waterfalls but not before the “trolley dash” to pick up the last minute shopping as a return visit to the bazaar had been hastily scheduled. A picturesque sight awaited us when we arrived at the falls with the blue/green water cascading over the rocks and onwards downstream to the sea. As the excursion came to an end it was good to reflect on what was a very enjoyable day out.

The following day (Friday), two workshops were held – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – these included the dances for the Turquoise Coast Country & Line Dance Festival the next evening.

The day of the Festival finally arrived and after a brief tour of Antalya City – and of course, an opportunity for more shopping,  the group were driven to the Festival location; a football field near Lara Beach 5. Ok, so  the Festival didn’t live up to expectations – no excuses here except there is a promise that if there is a next time the organiser will be better prepared. But what we can say is those that danced enjoyed performing and Simon sang his heart out. Everyone was looking forward to boarding the coach back to the hotel to dry off and warm up for a night of relaxation and going through the bars cocktail list a few times.

The last day of the trip dawned and this was purely a free time event to do your own thing of which the shopaholics had a field day, the sunbathers topped up their tans, the readers finished their novels, the ladies were pedicured and manicured, the guys were still trying to find their wallets, and the rest just chilled out.

A unique trip ended with an early call on the Monday morning and a coach ride to the airport. After an unusually quick check-in, and the short flight, we were back in good old Kıbrıs in time to wake the milkman for his morning round.

Article by Mel Dale


2 Responses to “Turquoise Coast Country & Line Dance Festival – Antalya”

  1. Steve & Denise Bisson Says:

    This article reads much better than Jan’s in this weeks Cyprus Star (3rd December). Ok, so the festival did not live up to expectations but we still had a great weeks holiday at a very cheap price.

  2. kathy konuralp Says:

    It was a fantasic week, the hotel and the company the best. thank you steve and denise for making it happen. love to all

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