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SKDanceLover



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Canada Salsa Congress! Reply with quote

Hey everybody!

Who's coming to the congress that's coming up on the 9th? Any interesting workshops that you're dying to take? I'm going for the whole weekend...it's quite a party from what I hear. Anyone want to share anything about this awesome event (maybe from previous years)?
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SalsaConvert



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be away this weekend, but trying to free some time to go just on Thursday (Gala opening and competition in the schedule + dancing until 2 a.m.). I'd have to skip most of the dancing, though, as I need to be awake on a highway @ 7 a.m. next morning...
Do you think it's worth it?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject: saturday night Reply with quote

Im going saturday night. SHould be the best night.

THe headline orchestra is Johnny Polanco y su conjunto amistad from Los Angeles.

THey are really good.

Take a look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljiZ9NZcHZI
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am going Friday night, for sure. I have not decided on Saturday night yet, I keep hearing that it is the best night so I may consider it too.
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Alex F



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:05 am    Post subject: Congress Reply with quote

I'm planning to go on all weekend nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) as well as to the workshops on Sunday. Anyone want to join me for the workshops? I think I might need a partner for some of them.
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SKDanceLover



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

salsa convert: not sure if it's worth it since I haven't been there before, but from what I hear congresses are a great way to give your dancing a boost, and the Toronto congress is usually pretty good.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:01 pm    Post subject: first time Reply with quote

What's the deal, salsa people? I'll be there saturday night with my boy from Ottawa. This is the first appearnace at the congress and from what I hear, it's going to be unbelievable. Hope to see all my TDS people there as well. holla back at ya boy!
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MDas



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yo Salsa Lovers,
I'll be there on Saturday as well! Dance fever!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:22 am    Post subject: Congress Location and Ticket Info Reply with quote

CONGRESS SHOPPING CART CLOSES TUES. OCT. 7th AT MIDNIGHT.

After the online shopping cart closes, you can buy your tickets in person at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St. W, lower level. Registration booth is open from 1pm to 1am on Fri. Oct. 10th and from 10am to 1am on Sat. Oct. 11th and Sun. Oct. 12th. Individual night tickets and concert tickets can also be bought up until day of event @ Super Latin Music at 1088 St. Clair Ave. W. Please note that the event does NOT sell out - we have the largest ballroom in Canada! So all tickets will be available at the door.

2008 CANADA SALSA CONGRESS

5000 Attendees ~ 400 Performers ~ 66 Performances ~ 40 Instructors ~ 36 Workshops ~ 5 Seminars ~ 18 Competitors ~ 6 DJs ~ 11 Musicians ~ 20 Vendors ~ 22 Hours of Social Dancing ~
All under one roof!! Donít miss the excitement!

CONGRESS VENUE

The congress will be held once again at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St. W in Toronto from Friday Oct. 10th to Sunday Oct. 12th. The Opening Night Gala & Canadian Salsa Championships will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9th at Level Nightclub, 102 Peter St. at Adelaide.

LAST MINUTE CONGRESS INFO

1. Shopping cart closes Tues. Oct. 7th at midnight. After that, all tickets can be bought in person @ the Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St. W, lower level. We accept cash, credit cards & debit.

2. Individual night tickets can be bought up until day of event @ Super Latin Music at 1088 St. Clair Ave. W.

3. If you have bought a pass online, by mail or from an instructor, please bring your receipt and a piece of photo ID to the Pre-Paid registration table at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, lower level, to pick up your wristband or ticket.

4. If you have bought an individual evening ticket in advance & have the actual paper ticket, you can bypass all registration lines and go directly to security.

5. Please note that each person must pick up their own pass in person - you cannot pick up a pass for a friend.

6. Registration opens at 1pm on Friday and will remain open all weekend long.

7. Most passes are in the form of a wristband. Wristbands must remain on at all times, all weekend long. NO EXCEPTIONS.

8. Shows begin each evening at 9:00pm sharp. We suggest getting there at least an hour early as there will be line-ups and seating is on a first come, first seated basis (with the exception of those people who upgraged their pass & paid for VIP reserved seating - they should arrive no later than 8:45pm).

9. There will be absolutely NO VIDEOTAPING and NO PHOTOGRAPHY allowed during the evening shows. Those who try to videotape or take photos will be escorted out of the ballroom by security. Thank you in advance for your co-operation. Videotaping will be permitted at the END of each workshop if the instructor allows.

10. Dress to impress.

11. The Canada Salsa Congress at the Sheraton Centre Hotel is an all ages event. However, you must be 19 years or older to attend the Opening Night Gala on Thurs. Oct. 9th.

12. There is a coat check and cash bar each evening.

13. Dancing goes until 4am so sleep well over the next couple of days! If you have more questions, visit the FAQs section on our website.

Also no videotaping or photography allowed at the event OK? Embarassed
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SKDanceLover



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the congress and I really recommend anyone who is interested to go next year. There were wonderful instructors from Toronto, Puerto Rico, Boston, and others. The workshops were very useful, the performances entertaining, and the social dancing really fun! And anyone who likes cha cha, I think Tito will be back next year and he comes up with some fantastic shines.
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WF



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey! I would love to hear some feedbacks from those who did a workshop or 2 at the congress this past weekend. I was out of town so I could not attend the big event. -- Were the workshops worth the not-so-cheap fees???
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salcero



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't do any workshops, but the social dancing was great. One thing I liked about the congress is that they had water coolers available most of the time, which is important to stay hydraded. Laughing

I wish the organizers would use this opportunity when you have so many great dancers in from all over the world to do some performances outside the congress for the community and also some free intro classes. In and around the Eaton Centre might have been good for this.

Does anyone have links for the websites that are posting pics and videos of the event?
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WF



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that having free events is a great means of promotion and to draw in more salsa lovers who are not able to pay their ways to the main congress events. -- Some of my friends said that the expensive fee was the main reason that prevented them from attending the congress this year...

About the social dancing, I heard from a few beginner-salsa friends that the large crowd of highly experienced dancers was quite intimidating. Were the experienced dancers open to dancing with the less experienced ones?
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Alex F



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:29 am    Post subject: Workshops and social dancing Reply with quote

I took the workshops on Sunday, and really enjoyed about half of them (3/ 5). The price, however, was pretty steep (130 for sunday workshops), so I think it would be more worth it to just get a full congress pass and attend all the workshops. Of course, keep in mind that after getting home at 4-5 am Friday and Saturday nights, it isn't easy to wake up at 9 in the morning to attend the 10:30 workshops.
The ones I particularly enjoyed were Giovanni Torres' open shines on 1 and Edson Vallon's Men's styling workshop.
About the social dancing, I found that even though their skill level was high, my partners were friendly and did not look bored or annoyed. I even danced with several performers, which was tons of fun.
So overall, I'd suggest one of two ways to attend the congress. Either get a full pass and do EVERYTHING, or attend the social dancing only, which is fairly cheap but tons of fun.
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