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A four-day salsa extravaganza held in the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. The Congress features four days of workshops, performances, competitions, live music, and more, with dancing until 4 in the morning every night. Sunday night will also host the World Salsa Challenge, a salsa competition featuring some of the best salsa dancers from around the world.

This year is the 12-year anniversary of the SF Salsa Congress, and the event will likely be the largest ever, with an expected attendance of more than 8,000 dancers from around the world. This is one salsa event that is not to be missed!

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Event: Salsa Congress Salsa Dancing Gifts
Date: Thursday, November 21st - Sunday, November 24th 2013
Time: Thurs - 8pm-2am (Cocomo), Fri - 10am-4am, Sat - 10am-4am, Sun - 10am-4am
Cost: See Congress Website
Instructors: 40+ Instructors From Around The World
Address: Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
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Contact: (408) 265-3774
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The SF Salsa Congress is hands-down the biggest salsa event of the year. Every year the Congress draws thousands of dancers from all over the world for 4 days of non-stop salsa dancing. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, this is one event you don't want to miss.

The Congress begins at Cafe Cocomo on Thursday night, which is packed to the brim with salsa dancers. There are several salsa shows throughout the night by international performers, which gives you a taste of what's to come.

On Friday, the Congress kicks off in earnest, with workshops throughout the day by professional dance instructors, performances in the evening, and dancing until 4am in the morning (then the afterparties begin). This is a pattern that continues for the rest of the Congress.

Saturday is Gala Night, where everyone dresses to impress, and the top dancers get on stage and wow the crowd. Then there is social dancing to the music of top salsa bands from around the world.

Sunday is one of my favorite days, with the famous "Jack & Jill" competition that pairs professional instructors together at random and has them face off in an impromptu dance competition. This is one of the highlights of the Congress. Sunday evening features the World Salsa Challenge, which is a world-class salsa competition where the best dancers in the world compete for the title of Salsa World Champion.

The San Francisco Salsa Congress is my favorite of event of the year, and really, if 4-nights of non-stop salsa dancing and partying don't seem fun to you, then you're probably on the wrong website ;) Check it out!

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