• About
    March 15, 2017  by  Mike Gargan 

    Back for our 12th year(!) and this one is going to be bigger than ever!

    100 Workshops throughout the weekend
    Our timetable for this years event has 100 workshops available throughout the weekend covering a huge range of styles and levels with some of the best teachers the International Salsa Scene has to offer!

    Three Nights of Non-Stop Dancing
    Every night we have non-stop dancing till the small hours of the morning. On Friday and Saturday night we will have 3 rooms going playing a range of music and then on Sunday night we have our much loved wind down session.

    Incredible Irish Atmosphere
    Discover for yourself why Lonely Planet has said that the Irish have “a deliciously dark sense of humour and a welcoming attitude”! The Irish Salsa Congress has earned itself a reputation as one of Europe’s friendliest congresses.

    You really don’t want to miss this years event!

    The History of the Irish Salsa Congress:
    The Irish Salsa Congress is Ireland’s largest salsa event which has been running since 2006. To tell the story of were it all began we have to start with Salsa @ Afterhours.ie. On the 3rd of September 2003 we opened the Salsa @ Afterhours.ie site to create an online community for Salsa Dancers all over Ireland. The site was setup with forums, full salsa class and event listings and an article section where any dancer could publish congress reviews and other articles of interest to the community.

    It started out with a few of us at first but soon grew to be a thriving community (the chat room has cost a lot of us more time than it really should have during a busy working day!) which at it’s peak had thousands of registered members! This was before the days of Facebook and we have since moved this community into Facebook which makes more sense these days 🙂

    A regular topic of conversation between the two of us was what we liked and disliked about the various congresses and salsa weekends we had been to over the years. That talk slowly moved to what we would do different and what our event would be like. Talk eventually lead to action and we decided to create a one-off congress that would bring the entire Irish salsa community together for a non-profit, truly community run event called “Salsa School”.

    Over the next 9 months we came to regret those conversations more than once! Neither of us had ever organised anything of this scale and here we were organising a huge event with over 12 teachers, 45 classes, full accommodation and dinner for over 200 people! However, we persevered and in June 2006 we finally achieved what had at times had seemed to be a completely unreachable goal. Not only that but the weekend turned out better than we could have ever dreamed.

    With the goal achieved we sat back enjoying the compliments and encouraging feedback thinking … we did it !! However, the salsa community thought differently … you have only begun. With some persuading we decided to do a second event in 2007 and then a third in 2008. Since then the event has grown into the most popular salsa event on the Irish calendar and despite our early intentions to make this a one of event it is now a permanent (much loved!) fixture.

    The final big change came a few years ago we have been told on numerous occasions that the name Salsa School, while dear to our hearts, did not reflect the true spirit of the event and after much thought we made the decision to re-name the event. Today it is still a non- profit and a truly community event with a team of over 20 volunteers who together have created what is now the Irish Salsa Congress.

    We hope you can join us this year and see what makes this event so special!

    For more information check out our website at http://irishsalsacongress.ie/

  • More Info
    Event: Festival
    Style: Bachata, Kizomba, and Salsa
    Address: NUI Maynooth
    County Kildare
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    March 15, 2017  by  Mike Gargan 
  • Reviews

    7 Reviews on “Irish Salsa Congress”

    1. Tuli Irish Salsa Congress
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      Absolutely wonderful event – three days of great music, workshops, shows and awesome times with friends in the most beautiful sorroundings.

      Highly recommend it!!

    2. Alex Salsero Irish Salsa Congress
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      This will be my first Irish congress but I am quite impressed already with all the help I have received from event organizers. Not just congress related information but all sort of information about Ireland. The attention to detail (flawless registration process) to prompt email responses to inquiries about event are an assurance that this congress is well organized.
      Looking forward to meet you all on the dance floor!

    3. Rui Piloto Irish Salsa Congress
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      This is one if the friendliest, fun and enjoyable dance weekend you’ll ever experience. There’s no such thing as egos, snobbish, showing off people in this event… the perfect event for someone who’s looking for a lot of fun and get some dancing done in between.
      And the venue is something special… you need to see it.

    4. Stephanie Elisabeth Irish Salsa Congress
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      Great congress! It is very well organized. People are super-friendly and great classes. The parties are a hoot! I’m going for the 5th time this year.

    5. Frank Irish Salsa Congress
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      This is the one congress I book every year without any deliberation. In my opinion the best congress in IRL It’s a non-profit event which means all the money for the tickets sold go into the event. The accommodation at the campus apartments is also very handy. It’s in self-catering apartments but single rooms so no hassle planning to share, cancellations by supposed roommates and that sort of thing.
      And it’s fun too!

    6. Dave Irish Salsa Congress
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      I haven’t missed a year yet. The line up is perfect for such a friendly and fun salsa weekend, the teachers fit like a fine glove. Classes are always good, fun and challenging, the crowd are always up for a laugh and in the past few years it’s become more international with people coming from Canada, UK, Spain, Germany and Romania

    7. Mike Gargan Post authorIrish Salsa Congress
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      I may be a bit biased but it really is a great event! 🙂

      If you haven’t been to the ISC before then you really don’t know what you’ve been missing!

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