These are some questions you should be ask yourself before attending any dance festival:
What’s the lineup like? Are they bringing local or international instructors?
Is it the event in one location or multiple locations? How is transit/parking?
Who’s DJing and how much experience do they have?
What is the sound system like? Do they have monitor speakers?
Is there an ambiance/atmosphere/theme in the main room? (lighting/decor/vibe)
What’s the floor like?
What’s the hotel/venue like?
Who’s attending the festival? Is it all local dancers or more national/international?
How much does the full pass cost? Is it worth it for the artists, DJs, and overall experience?
Are there shows? How many shows are there each night? Do they have shows every night? Do the shows run late cutting into social dancing?
What’s the overall vibe/energy of the festival like? Are people stuck in team clicks or are there solo dancers trying to make new friends?
What’s the promoter’s reputation like?
What kind of online presence do they have? Do they communicate via FB/IG with dancers in regards to concerns and last minute updates or changes?
Are there other activities that we could do outside of the dance event?
Is the festival the same every year? (same talent, same dancers) Are they trying to do something different each year to improve the dancer’s experience?
How much time do you really have social dancing?
Why are you attending the event? Is it for the workshops, shows, social dancing, or jack & jill?
Is the festival primarily a showcase/performance, competitive (jack & jill), workshop, or social dancing (marathon), or vacation type festival?
Does the festival offer multiple rooms with different dance genres or focus on one specific style of dance?
These are just a few questions, there are MANY more you could ask yourself.
Let’s improve the overall dance scene by raising the bar. With so many festivals in today’s world, the quality has gone down, and many festivals feel the same.
Being aware of the different types of festivals, congresses, weekenders, and events will help you become a better consumer in the dance world.
Everyone attends events for different reasons. There will always be unhappy or dissatisfied attendees. However, being aware and investing in events that improve overall scenes is something that we should all strive for. Quality over quantity is the name of the game. Hope everyone is having an awesome summer!