A big thank you to all who attended and contributed to make the event such a success!
We are still remembering what a fantastic time we had at our 16th Annual Mountain
Magic Dance Convention! [see video clip and photo links] We received so many positive
comments on the event and the new additions. The surveys again reflected the
"fun and friendly" atmosphere with emphasis on the "social" aspects which are some
of our main goals for Mountain Magic. We hope that everyone felt welcome and enjoyed
themselves in our event's warm and casual environment.
Much appreciation to all for bearing with us as we adjusted our convention space this year as compared to previous years. We appreciate your flexibility and patience and look forward to being back in our typical space next year.
A special thank you to our "ENTIRE" fabulous Staff for doing a superb job. You are the best!
I'd also like to recognize the Special Contributions of:
Grant Austin/Dance Connection Shoes - Dance Shoe gift certificates for Top Pro/Am Students (Male & Female).
-Suzanna,Greg, Al & Team - You were amazing in the Hospitality Room!
George & Elise Shadow – Classic Art & Design, Pacifica, CA ... Design.
Robert Kinkaid - Co-founder of Mountain Magic and all our Magic Events;
... A lifetime of love and the best husband I could ever have! I will love you forever and always!
-Rascal - my little 4-legged friend and companion for almost 17 years.
... I will miss you so very much!
-Raul Ante - a wonderful friend and the reason Mountain Magic has hustle.
... thanks for everything!
MM2014 Event DVD and Workshop Notebook DVD
Event Video and Video Notebook DVDs are available from Thumbs Up Video.
See a sample of the DVD @ http://youtu.be/mGONGPHox4E
To Order DVD CLICK HERE
Contact Bruce Gleason for questions or to order DVD; Phone:714-998-4004
I hope everyone has a very Happy Holiday Season and I look forward to seeing you back
at Mountain Magic next year and hopefully at one of our other "Magic" events too!
Warmest Regards, Michelle
RAUL ANTE It is with great sadness we announce that our beloved friend and staff member, Raul Ante, passed away on Sunday.
---A beautiful message written by Manny Viarrial on Facebook---
I've been to many competitions and found all to be such moments whether it be good or bad. What we forget sometimes is how valuable we all are in this community. Mountain Magic 2014 is an event that I always look forward to every year. I've seen so much over the years in attendance but the one thing I love is the beauty of our staff. Today is a very sad day. Raul Ante passed away doing what he so loved and that's dancing. Such kindness from this beautiful man. His heart gave out. Tough to see someone leave before us. In life we must always value what we have. For in the instance of a moment we could be gone. We live to the joys of life... I always say. Tears flowed though out the ballroom. Prayers were said. A sense of family came together. They say that the show must go on but for Raul I say my dear friend go to heaven. God is waiting. Thank you for the love you shared with all of us. You will dearly be missed. I cry now but celebrate your life and how you touch us all. Our father who art in heaven hollowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is In heaven,give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever in Jesus name we pray amen. My prayer goes out to you Raul!
Please pray my dear friends for his family and friends. You will be missed my brother! Manny
A few thoughts I have ...
Thank you Manny for sharing your thoughts and expressing what so many of us are feeling.
My heart has yet another large crack in it ... I miss my friend.
Raul is the reason I dance hustle, the reason that hustle is part of Mountain Magic and why hustle is still alive and well in the Bay Area. His amazing spirit and talent is reflected in all of us that continue to love and cherish this dance as he did.
Thank you Raul Ante for all you shared with me ... I will be forever grateful. I am so fortunate to have had you in my life and to have you as my dear friend for so many years. You opened the wonderful world of hustle to me and so many others and guided us with a gentle kindness greater than anyone could imagine. Your spirit lives on in all the lives you touched ... and you definitely touched many. I will surely miss our weekly Wednesday night dinners after the dance and all the crazy conversations we had .. along with all the decades of fun and laughs. What a great ride ... S#$%&! Say hi to Bob, Arte and so many others up there. Until we meet again ... Dance on my friend!
~a poem by author Flavia ... very descriptive of Raul~
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people stay for
a while and move our souls to dance. They awaken us to understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.