Update: The 2022 WLDC was cancelled, but dates for the 2023 World Latin Dance Cup have been announced.
The World Latin Dance Cup announced on their Facebook page today that the competition will be returning in-person again from April 11-17, 2022.
The 2021 competition was held completely virtually this year due to the pandemic, with competitors submitting videos via a mobile app and receiving feedback from judges via Zoom.
The 2022 WLDC competition will return to Medellin, Colombia, where the competition was held last in December of 2019. The competition has historiclaly taken place in December, although this year’s online version was in March, so this is a departure for the competition.
Moving the competition towards the beginning of the year does make more sense though, as the winners of the competition can enjoy their titles for longer without it seeming dated.
The WLDC is not the first international salsa competition to go back to being in person. Next month the World Salsa Summit will be held live and in-person in Miami, Florida. That competittion was also pushed back significantly due to the pandemic, and usually takes place in January or February.
It’s good to see salsa competitions coming back again, and it will be interesting to see how the other international salsa competitions adjust their schedules with all the disruptions that have taken place.