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The SRM Report: Dance4Life Live from Ahoy, Rotterdam 2010

I believe dance4Life has stolen my heart and I love it. Dance is not really my kind of music genre, there are some dance songs that I dig, but to attend a dance party on my Saturday night would be too much asking.  However when I read about what the young generations are doing to spread HIV/AIDS awareness and create a momentum to halt the spread of HIV infections, I knew this was going to be a different type of a dance party. I have never seen so many nice people together, sharing the same joy and dancing for the same good cause. The positive vibe was like a reggae party, the coolness of the party reminded me of a 90’s Hip-Hop party and the colors of the party, white and red was awesome because it was love, real love.

The night opened with Don Diablo, who did a terrific job. His great tunes were met by a frenzy crowd that consists of mostly teenagers. I was with Amenda in the back of the Rotterdam Ahoy stadium. It was a kind of a VIP section for interests, donors and partners.  We were given wine and food around dinner time. I must admit I did not fully use the opportunity to network, which I should have done. Nevertheless I spoke with couple of people and I met the man behind the Dance4Life digital campaign.  Around half past seven the moment was finally there. We were finally live connected to the world. On several big screens we saw the teams from 27 different countries, live and pre-recorded, dancing for life. We greeted each other and then did the Dance4Life drill together, the worldwide Dance4Life dance.

Notable appearances by Doutzen Kroes, Erica Terpstra and Tender Mavundla.  Other acts were Fedde le Grand, The PartySquad, Internationaal Danstheater en Kenya Performing Arts Group. Yeah be mad at yourself you wasn’t there. Dance4Life was an unforgettable experience and it has inspired me to look at the aids epidemic differently. I’m optimistic now. Let’s Stop Aids Now, Lets Dance4Life! 

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