Warm-Up & Welcome Party
THURSDAY NIGHT PARTY – 31st May
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
FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW & PARTY – 1st June
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
SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW & PARTY – 2nd June
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 top 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, and it’s worth getting a bit creative for it because your outfit could WIN you a FREE PASS to next year’s NZ Salsa Congress, just for dressing up, how cool is that!
This year’s theme: “WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE…”
So you can be as serious or silly with this as you like in answering this question, as a kid (whatever age that is) what did/do you dream of doing one day? Being a Firefighter or one of the Fantastic Four? Being a Fairy Tale Princess or a Famous Pop Singer? Astronaut or Archaeologist? Sports Star or Secret Agent? Get your thinking cap on and get ready to Parteeeee!
Latin Party Central
SUNDAY NIGHT PARTY – 3rd June
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
MONDAY NIGHT SOIREE – 4th June
6.00pm: Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant. 39 Abel Smith St. (www.thecross.co.nz)
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 CONGRESS DJs 2018
Salsa / Bachata Party Room
DJ KATIE (Wanaka / Queenstown)
Kate discovered Salsa in 2009, and quickly immersed herself in Latin music and culture. She has had the privilege of studying with one of New Zealand’s musicality masters for many years, and recently returned from living in South America where she was exposed to Salsa the way it began – in the street. Now living in Central Otago, Kate is a driving force behind Salsa Queenstown and Wanaka, and regularly DJs around the South Island at Latin events.
DJ DAISY (Auckland)
Daisy has been DJing and running Bachata and Kizomba parties since 2014 and was voted Auckland best Latin DJ in 2017. Daisy is a regular DJ for one of Auckland’s biggest weekly social nights at Viva Dance, and has been invited to DJ at many other social and private events across Auckland.
• DJ REUBEN (Christchurch)
• MARBELLA (Auckland)
• DJ ADRIAN (Taumarunui)
Zouk / Kizomba Room
DJ KIZCON (Auckland)
Jason is the founder of Kizomba Connection NZ & has been teaching kizomba for the last 3 years. While kizomba has been his focus recently, he is also a big fan of zouk, being one of the first dancers in Auckland to take up the style back in 2009. He looks forward to playing a mix of Zouk, Zouk/Kizomba remixes, Kizomba, Ghetto Zouk, along with a small side of Semba.