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Portland Salsa Congress Rules & Qualifying Rounds

****Formal Dress Code Strictly Enforced****

Competitors must email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring at rehearsal their own music (MP3 on USB)


People that wish to compete need to pay for registration also by sending their names, company name and where they are from to
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Finals Sunday 18th, 2023

No longer than 2 minutes routine for all Divisions or dance free style (only for Amateur & Professional). This round you will be judged by Judges only. Result will announce by the end of the shows with the final score for first, second and third places for all categories (Amateur, Professional & Team Division).

Portland, OR

Sheraton Airport Hotel Portland

8325 Northeast Airport Way Portland, OR 97229

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****Formal Dress Code Strictly Enforced****

All ages welcome for all nights. 

People that wish to compete and do not reside in the NW need to send ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) their full-names, company name and where they are from as well as register as a competitor and show up for finals, June 17th 2018.

Competitors & Judges must be at the Sheraton Airport Hotel at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17th, 2018 for a meeting & a drawing to determine the competitors' order, or they will be automatically disqualified.


The Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel

8235 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon 97220



*It is expected that all judges will be neutral, fair and consistent in their evaluations of the performances even if you personally know the competitors.*
Mandatory rehearsals will be held from 6-7 p.m. on all days.

Timing: 1 – 50 points _________
Be aware that you may look great and do some great steps and even do moves that the crowd will love, but if your timing is not consistent, your will be deducted points.

Appearance (Includes Costumes) 1 – 10 points _________
We strongly suggest tasteful, colorful, matching costumes.

Style: 1-10 points ________
You will also be judged in your styling technique and how it blends with the routine and music. Hands, movements, how graceful and how clean certain moves are done will all be judges in this category.

Partnering: 1 – 10 points __________
You will be judged on how well you and your partner or team execute your routine and that you are a balanced couple or team in the showmanship of your choreography. Leading and Following is what this category is all about.

Choreography: 1 – 10 points _________
You will be judged on your choreography and its interpretation with your routine and music. We will judge the originality of your choreography. In this category we are also looking at your creativity and the level of difficulty of your choreography and how clean it is presented.

Overall Presentation: 1 – 10 points _________
You will be judged by your overall presentation. The judges will be looking at all of the categories in general. They will also be watching your confidence on stage. Contestants will be judged from the moment they are on the dance floor until the moment they leave the stage.

Final Round - Sunday June 17th, 2018 in Portland, OR, USA
You must be at the Sheraton airport hotel at 10:00 p.m. to draw your number for what order you will compete. You will be disqualified if your music is longer than 2 minutes. You will forfeit the right to compete if you are not present at the time of the drawing. 

At this competition dips, lifts and tricks are allowed.


Full passes need to be picked up between 6pm and 7pm Friday or Saturday at the Sheraton Airport Hotel. Please check back for any updates.

Competitors agree and understand that any photos or videos taken of them at any point during the nights of the competitions (from qualifying round, or the semi-finals or finals) may be used in media produced by Gemini. Furthermore, they understand that they will not receive any compensation for the use of photos or video that they appear in.