FAQ / frequently asked questions

WHAT IS SALSA @ CITY HALL?

Salsa at City Hall is a free weekly Latin social dance event held every Wednesday (6-11pm) in July and August, at Ottawa’s City Hall.

With this events, we aim to bring the joy of Latin dancing (salsa, bachata, cha-cha, merengue) to people who have yet to discover it, as well as to those who already live it. Each party starts with a one-hour dance lesson, followed by social dancing and performances throughout the evening with some of the best Latin DJ’s the city has to offer.

WILL IT BE INDOORS OR OUTDOORS?

Depends on the weather. In good weather, we dance outside on the Rink of Dreams. In case of rain or excessive heat, we move indoors to the Jean Pigott Hall of City Hall.

We make the final call around 3pm the day of each event and announce it on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure you’re connected to us and never miss an update!

DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DANCE?

No! Each party starts with a beginner-friendly dance lesson (different lesson/dance every week!) so come and take your first dancing steps at Salsa @ City Hall!

Instructors from Ottawa’s best Latin dance schools will make sure you learn a few simple moves so you can dance the night away with dancers of all levels.

DO I NEED TO COME WITH A PARTNER?

No! Social dancing starts with “social”; with hundreds of people attending every week, you will have lots of dance partners.

You can ask anyone for a dance, but if you’re feeling shy, ask one of our volunteers! They will be happy to dance with you as well as introduce you to a few friendly dancers to help you get started.

WHAT’S THE TICKET PRICE?

All Salsa @ City Hall events are FREE.

We are thrilled to be part of the City of Ottawa’s Summer Activities Program which facilitates free community events on the Rink of Dreams throughout the summer.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Comfortable, casual summer clothes, and shoes that will stay on your feet (no flip-flops or other open-back shoes that might fly off, please).

Ladies: if you wear a dress or skirt, do a “spin test” to make sure it doesn’t flow up higher than you’re comfortable with.

SHOULD I BRING MY DANCE SHOES?

For indoor events, yes – the floor is great for dance shoes.
For outdoor events, no – the concrete rink might end up wrecking your suede soles.

CAN I BRING MY KIDS?

Yes, these events are family-friendly and children are very welcome.

Caution: prolonged exposure to loud music can lead to hearing damage so please keep your little ones a safe distance away from the speakers.

WHERE DO I PARK?

Please check the Parkopedia map. City parking and street parking are both available.

IS THERE FOOD?

Yes, we will have food vendors who will sell their delicious wares!  They will be available on site for the duration of the event.

CAN I GET A DRINK?

You can purchase a bottle of water from us for $2, and our food vendors sell soft drinks.

No alcoholic drinks are sold or allowed at Salsa @ City Hall.

WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY STUFF?

We recommend bringing only the bare necessities with you, so you can focus on dancing rather than worrying about your stuff. We do not have a coat/bag check or any secure storage area.

Most people leave their things on/under tables and chairs, and we haven’t had anything go missing. However, Salsa @ City Hall cannot guarantee the security of any possessions you leave unattended and is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE LAST YEAR?

Awesome! We had hundreds of people from all over the city join us each week, and everyone had a blast.  People learned how to dance, met new people, and overall really enjoyed the party every Wednesday night! Check out our Photos and Videos pages to get a glimpse of the action!

WHO ORGANIZES SALSA @ CITY HALL?

We have a dedicated team of organizers and volunteers who work around the clock to bring you the best this event has to offer. To learn more about the team, check out the About page.

HOW CAN I REQUEST A SONG / SEND YOU FEEDBACK / ASK A QUESTION?

You can find all our contact information on the Contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!