Shows, Parties & DJs

Warm-Up & Welcome Party

8.00pm: The Grand. 69-71 Courtenay Place.
If you’re arriving in Wellington on Thursday then get along to the official Warm-up party and meet others who are also in town for the Congress. Bar snacks and drinks specials available. The Weekend starts here! The Grand is only about 10 mins walk from the Comfort & Quality Hotels, easy. FREE entry for all.

NZ Salsa Showcase & Party

8:00pm – 2.00am 
(doors open 7.30pm): Te Whaea Dance Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd. 
This is a night to celebrate our local artists with Performance Teams and Couples from around New Zealand plus some of our International Guests.
Shows will kick off at 8.30pm so be early to get a good seat. The party afterwards will feature top Latin DJs from NZ and overseas.

Grand Salsa Ball – Theme: RETRO

8.00pm – 2.00am
 (doors open 7.30pm): Te Whaea Dance Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd. The famous NZ Salsa Congress Grand Salsa Ball will feature some of the best Latin dance professionals in the world. Come dressed to impress in your finest or funkiest outfit and dance the night away to a top LIVE Latin band and guest DJ’s. There will be 2 Party rooms dedicated to Salsa/Bachata fans and to Zouk/Kizomba lovers.

Every year there is a theme, this year we are going RETRO! Up to you what this could be.. old school fashion? Your great aunt’s vintage dress? 80s double breasted suits and leg warmers or 70s side burns and flares?  The cooler you look the better because your outfit could WIN you a FREE PASS to next year’s NZ Salsa Congress, just for dressing up, how groovy is that!

Latin Party Central

8.00pm – 2.00am
Te Whaea Dance Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd. 
This Sunday night party is not to be missed – even though its the final night the atmosphere doesn’t cool down, it goes into overdrive! No matter what your favorite dance style is you’ll be able to choose between the Brazilian or Salsa Rooms. This party will be a huge celebration of the end of a wonderful weekend of dance and fun!

Cool-Down Dine & Dance

6.00pm: Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant. 39 Abel Smith St. (

For those still left in Wellington after the Immersion Courses or just staying an extra day to chill out, this is the perfect way to wind down the weekend. Come join us for a meal and a drink, and perhaps a little bit of dancing if you still have some energy left to burn. Please note that the bar & restaurant will close earlier than usual due to public holiday so come early to get a good spot.
Southern Cross is only a 5min walk down from the Comfort & Quality Hotels, how convenient is that!

Featured Band & DJs

GUEST DJs throughout the weekend

  • To be announced soon!

LIVE BANDS – Saturday Night Grand Salsa Ball

  • We welcome back C-26 Latin band! Led by Anayibi Loboa from Colombia, this seven piece salsa band from Wellington has a great mix of South American and Kiwi musicians who all love playing Salsa music.