- AboutMarch 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/
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- VideoMarch 15, 2017 by Mike Gargan