31 May-2 JUNE 2024





Warm Up party at The Grand

8pm – 1am

@ The Grand – 69 Courtenay Place

COST – $30 Entry payable at door.

Not included in Full Pass.



Zouk Room

Kizomba Room

Salsa Bachata Room



Showcase + Grand Latin Ball

7.30pm Doors open


Featuring incredible performances by the worlds top Latin dancers plus our kiwi faves!


4 Party Rooms! Zouk, Kizomba, Salsa & Bachata, Latin Club.

COST – Included in Full Pass and Saturday Pass.

Other Price Options:  

ADULT Saturday Show and Party – $60 door price.

YOUTH Saturday Show and Party – $35 door price.


Latin Party Central

8pm – 2am Party

4 Party Rooms! Zouk, Kizomba, Salsa & Bachata, Latin Club.

COST – Included in Full Pass and Sunday Pass.

Other Price Options: 

ADULT Sunday Party –  $45 door price.

YOUTH Sunday Party –  $25 door price.

Party DJs To Be Announced


Queenstown based Matias Berardi, originally from Uruguay, started dancing 12 years ago.  His enormous love for Salsa music naturally lead him to DJing.

Green AF, with no English, he started attending the local classes with the vision of becoming part of the scene. Quietly confident, he seized the opportunity to run the weekly socials and has been the resident DJ for more than 5 years. 

To date the dream has come true.

He runs PASION SALSA QT, being the lead teacher of the school.

He’s one of the organisers of the QUEENSTOWN SALSA FESTIVAL.

Most recently he assisted at the bay salsa festival, organising sound and DJs for the parties. 

He has DJ’ed at numerous well known festivals in New Zealand and also at the Perth summer sensual festival in Australia. 

This  full blown salsero promises to set the  dance floor on fire

Sin salsa no hay paraíso!! 


Daisy started learning Salsa and Bachata dance in 2012, and she fell in love with the warm atmosphere and the friendliness of the dance community…

…which led her to run Latin social parties from 2014. Daisy’s interest in dancing Bachata and Kizomba motivated her to learn how to DJ for social events, and she has been invited to DJ at regular social parties and national Latin events since 2016, including Viva Sunday Social, Latin Fiesta, New Zealand Salsa Congress, Latin Fiesta and other local dance events.


I am Walker Chavez from Lima, Peru. I started dancing salsa 8 years ago.

I arrived in New Zealand 7 years ago. My first home was in Wellington then I moved to Queenstown looking for new challenges and opportunities, now living in Invercargill I started teaching some basic salsa and bachata steps and created latin dance venues.

I love Latin music, specifically Salsa and Bachata songs. I started playing music in Queenstown at Pasíon Salsa events 5 years ago and for Latin Soul Dance more recently.

I do live DJ in Otago (Queenstown, Cromwell & Dunedin) and Southland (Invercargill). I created an online radio channel on ZenoFM.  @Sbradioinnz if you want to follow me on Instagram. I’m looking forward to sharing my tunes with everyone at the 2023 Salsa Congress. See ya there!!

Chau for now! 


DJ Neat (also known as Shan Patel) is originally from London, UK and his passion for dancing started in New Zealand nearly 9 years ago. 

Since then he has found a love for DJing and is continuously discovering new Afro Latin music to add to his collection. He is also an avid dancer in Cuban Salsa and Kizomba. You will find DJ Neat at local Salsa and Kizomba socials in Auckland as well as travelling around the country to DJ at festivals. He has DJ’d at NZ Salsa Congress, Aotearoa Cuban Festival, Salsa Tumbao, Spring Weekend Kizomba Festival, Bay Salsa Festival and the Queenstown Salsa Festival. This will be DJ Neat’s 4th appearance at the New Zealand Salsa Congress. You will find him in the Kizomba room.


Originally from France he discovered Kizomba 4 and 1/2 years ago in Wellington with the Danca crew. Since then he has danced around NZ, Australia, and Europe to pursue his passion. 

He now teaches Kizomba classes in Christchurch with Anette, his dance partner in crime! He also runs a weekly 100% Kizomba Social on Thursdays at Chic Bar in collaboration with the Kizomba Conexao team to facilitate some well-deserved weekly hugs within the Christchurch community! He cannot wait to share his Kizomba addiction with you!


C-26 is a sizzling seven piece salsa band from Wellington. They are a great mix of South American and Kiwi professional musicians who bring vibrant and energetic music to the Wellington scene. 

Their sound and style is inspired by the salsa classics from Cuba Puerto Rico and Colombia. Featuring the first female Latino salsa singer in Wellington, Anayibi Loboa from Colombia, C-26 is the Salsa purist’s band, fully live, with no backing tracks, C-26 produces a sound and feel built from the classical combination of horns, timbales, congas, guiro, trumpet, saxophone, piano and bass that defines the authentic salsa experience.