Welcome to Yakutsk
Some of you may know I’ve been away in Russia for the month of November working on a dance related project called Unidance which is doing a LOT to introduce quality dance education to different cities around the country and neighbouring countries. Humbled to have been invited for the 4th consecutive year, this time included a trip to the Earth’s coldest city, Yakutsk, where the seasonal average is -30c. It will grow colder over the next 2 months. Just to qualify how cold it is:
1) There is carpet on the outdoor stairs so you can actually get some grip
2) Breathing in, you can feel your individual nose hairs.
3) EVERYONE wears an item of fur. Couple this with the taxis with curtains, ‘Krasnaya ikra’ (or ‘red caviar’) crisps, and the fact that I start coughing when I come outside because of the change in temperature and I’ll admit it is a city of some character.
Oh, and the Yakutia region is the centre of the diamond industry in this part of the world.
Visiting the cultural museum with uncut diamonds up to 130 Karats was definitely a ‘James Bond’ moment, ha.
Introducing Shoeture to the students was inevitable, but among some of the better dancers there was a real opportunity to create something. I decided to shoot a video with the best dancers Yakutsk had to offer, added Shoeture and the music of the newest Swedish pop bandit, Alex Saidac, and let everybody show their stuff. For these amateur dancers it was their first experience on a ‘professional’ gig so be ready to applaud. At time of going to press the video is still being edited, but for now you can familiarise yourself with Alex as she features on this Pitbull joint: You’ll be seeing more of Miss Saidac here at Shoeturistic as she is one of our acts tipped for greatness over the next 12 months. Make note, People!
Happy Shoe Year
Big shout to everyone that took advantage of the 50% discount on Shoeture goods on December 1st. What did you buy?!
If we should have another sale, let us know in the comments if 10 people say ‘yes’ we’ll hold another sale before the end of December. You’re the boss! )
See you next time,