Warm-Up & Welcome Party
THURSDAY NIGHT PARTY – 28th 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 – 29th May
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 8.00pm so be early to get a good seat. The party afterwards will feature top Latin DJs from NZ and overseas in 3 Party Rooms.
Grand Salsa Ball
SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW & PARTY – 30th May
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 3 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!
Watch this space to find out what the next theme will be!
Latin Party Central
SUNDAY NIGHT PARTY – 31st May
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 Zouk, Kizomba 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 – 3rd 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 for 2020 to be announced, check out the 2019 DJs below.
Salsa / Bachata Room
• DJ JACKIE DANZA (USA)
Jackie discovered her passion for music when she started playing piano at a very young age. Shortly thereafter she discovered her passion for dance with her first dance class at age 8. Since then, she has trained in a wide variety of dance styles and under many instructors all over the world. Jackie has found a way to combine both her passion for music and her passion for dance through her DJ sets. Jackie’s approach to music and dance transcends movement. Her unique style and approach is founded on a deep connection with the music and leverages that connection to express life through movement. Her desire is to empower others by cultivating, within them, a connection with the music and their inner most feelings to let their positive light shine. “Dance is more than simply dance – it is an outward reflection of our inner most feelings.” -Jackie Danza With over 25 years of experience, Jackie has established herself as a choreographer, performer, competitor, and DJ. More specifically the past 14 years, she has evolved her style into one focused on connection in Latin genres of partner dance. Her greatest love is sharing her passion with others and helping people achieve their goals. “In every space you are in, However you are feeling, Wherever you are in life… You can dance – Free your soul and dance!”