FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is the Convention?
The Convention is a 5-day latin dance event from the 18th of May to 22rd of May, 2017. Nightly shows and weekend workshops are the main focal point of the Convention. There will also be dance competition that will happen on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Convention will be a gathering of dance students, music lovers, entrepreneurs, event enthusiasts, dance masters and everyone who love music, dance and life most particularly latin music. For five days they will share, learn, and expand their dance knowledge and network through participating, watching and just being there, being a part of something special.
What is a workshop? Why should I take a workshop class?
A workshop is a master class given by today’s leading dance instructor from around the world.
Workshops give you an opportunity to learn more; to polish; to motivate; to improve; to have fun; to get a goal; to add other elements to what you already have; to check what you have; to check what you do not have; and to monitor what you are doing now.
Workshops make you experience an international instructor’s teachings.
Workshops make you proud seeing local and national instructor being at the top of their field.
Workshops make you share a learning experience with a group of people. An education no one can take away from you.
Doing a workshop also makes you have a feeling of accomplishment.
To be able to just do it.
Where are the venues? How is the public transportation? How about parking?
Thursday May 18th to Monday May 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Montreal & Complexe Desjardins
Parking areas are located around the venues (please consult Google maps).
Do I have to be a hardcore Salsero/Salsera to attend?
No. One of the reasons that we produce this event is to expose non-salsa convention goers to a new form of music and dance so they could come aboard and join the fun. Once again people from all walks of life are welcome to join. As long as you do have an open mind and ready and willing to learn or be exposed to new and different things.
How can I register for the Convention?
Our reservation process is very simple. Convention passes can be bought online; in person at San Tropez Dance Studio (call 514.871.8852 for opening hours); and at the venues.
You can buy individual day or evening tickets or select from various package options go to www.montrealsalsaconvention.com
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Yes. Tickets are available at the venues during the event.
The Ticket Booth will be open an hour before the doors open.
What payment methods do you accept?
On-line payment can be made using all the major credit cards and PayPal.
The Ticket Booth (open throughout the Convention) is accepting Cash (CAN, US), VISA, MasterCard, AmEx and Debit.
When should I buy my Full Pass Package?
You should buy it ASAP because the longer you wait the more expensive it gets.
What is a Full Pass Package?
The Full Pass Package is the Ultimate Salsa Convention Package. This includes the local, national and international performances; the nightly dance parties plus the Saturday and Sunday daytime workshops from renowned local and international instructors.
I bought tickets in advance. Where and when do I pick them up?
Convention passes will NOT be mailed. All pre-paid purchases will be added to our database. Each person must pick up their own convention pass in person at the pre-paid registration booth at San Tropez Dance Studio on Wednesday, May 17 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Please bring your receipt/ confirmation of payment and a piece of photo ID.
Do I need or have to come in with my own partner?
No, come as you are. Depending on the Instructor, the class rotates so everyone gets a chance to dance or try the Partner pattern. You also rotate so everyone gets a chance to meet each other.
Can I videotape during the workshops?
There is no videotaping during the time in which the instructor is teaching. You will be given the opportunity to videotape at the end of the class if the instructor allows it.
What should I wear?
You want to be comfortable. We recommend wearing workout/dance gear and appropriate footwear (dance shoes).
How do I know what workshop I should take?
The workshop schedule will be available on-line (www.montrealsalsaconvention.com) as well as hard copies during the event. Each workshop is identified with a level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.)
Here is a general guideline to the convention level system:
Beginner: Have taken salsa lessons for at least 3 – 6 months.
Intermediate: Have taken salsa lessons for at least 6 – 12 months.
Advanced: Have been dancing and taking salsa lessons regularly for more than 1 year.
There are also numerous workshops geared to all levels. Each participant is encouraged to choose any workshop they are interested in; challenge your self and have fun!
Am I able to pay for individual workshops?
No. You can only buy a day of workshops. You can buy a whole day of workshops then choose to only take certain ones.
Do I need to stay for the entire workshop once it is in progress?
No. You can come and go from workshops as you please. We only ask that you are mindful not to disrupt the class in progress.
Are there vendors selling merchandise?
Yes. There will be a sale of all kinds of products throughout the convention (Clothes, Shoes, DVDs, etc.) in the Complexe Desjardins and the Hyatt Regency Montreal.
Most vendors only accept cash.
Is there a locker room on the premise where we could change or shower up if we choose to stay for the whole day?
No. We suggest if you commit to coming to the Montreal Salsa Convention that you book a hotel room. It seems like a lot of money but think of the total comfort of showering, resting and changing your clothes at your convenience. The collaborating hotels are situated 15mins away from the venue.
Is there reserved seating?
Only general seating is available and is based on a first come, first serve basis. Check the schedule for the time at which doors open.
How early do I need to get there for the evening performances?
The evening performances begin at different time every night; please check the official schedule for more details. Unless you have reserved seating we suggest you get there early as general seating is first come, first serve. Please give yourself additional time if you have not purchased tickets for the show in advance.
Can I videotape the performances?
There will be absolutely NO videotaping allowed during the evening shows.
Is there a dress code?
No, there is no dress code in effect. But please be presentable. We suggest that you ‘Dress to Impress’ during the evening portion.