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(1) General

Venue : The Britannia Wigan Hotel, Almond Brook Road, Standish, Wigan WN6 0SR

The attractive Britannia Wigan Hotel is a modern hotel surrounded by lush greenery, located just off the M6 between Liverpool and Manchester.

The hotel is within easy reach of a wide area thanks to its excellent location and the local motorway network. The Britannia Wigan accommodates a Health and Leisure Club, a great way to unwind with facilities including Gym, Spa, Sauna and Indoor Heated Pool.

The event runs from 8.30pm Friday 8th July 2011 through to the end of the Evening Party on Monday 11th July at 1am.

Registration of Full weekend passes for Hotel Residents will be between 5.00pm and 6.00pm situated in the main Hotel reception.

Later Registrations are from 8.00pm Friday 8th July, for Full weekend passes, 9.45am Saturday & Sunday, situated in the Hotel Reception.

Everyone will be issued with a security wristband and a current programme for the weekend. 


(2) By Road

Travel information : By Car

From Motorway


From the M6 Junction 27 North/Southbound to Standish.  Turn left at the first T junction and Britannia Wigan can be found on the left hand side.


M61 Junction 6 North/Southbound to Wigan.  Turn left at the next roundabout to A6. Take the first major turn on the right. Continue for 2 miles and at the junction turn left on the roundabout Standish, and after a further 3 miles turn right at the first and then left on the 2nd roundabout following the signs for Standish. Go straight across at the traffic lights and the Britannia Wigan hotel is 1 mile on the right hand side.

From Wigan Town Centre

A49 North towards Standish village, stay in the left hand lane and at the Spar supermarket turn left.  The Britannia Wigan Hotel is on the right hand side.


(3) By Rail

The nearest stations to the Britannia Wigan Hotel are Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate Stations. Both Approximately 4 miles from the venue.

Wigan North Western Station, approximately 4 miles from the venue, has regular connections to / from London / Glasgow and Liverpool.

Wigan Wallgate Station, approximately 4 miles from the venue, has regular connections to / from Manchester (Victoria & Piccadilly).

By Air

Manchester's Ringway Airport and Liverpool's John Lennon Airport are both conveniently placed for onward travel to the venue.

(4)  Accommodation

The Britannia Wigan Hotel

This establishment offers reduced rates for guests attending the Summer Salsa Weekender Event.

Places are limited so an early booking is advised.

Alternative Local Hotels in Wigan

Premier Inn Standish.

(5) Workshops/Classes

The final Workshop schedule has been based on and reflects the majority responses from questionnaires completed and returned at the time of booking. We believe we cater for the needs of those that book by completing the workshop schedule in this way.

All workshops/classes will take place in the Britannia Wigan Hotel Complex.

Workshops will then run from 10.30am - 5.30pm approx Sat & Sun. We will be using upto 4 Meeting Rooms and 2 Function Suites for Workshops. Individual room timetables will be posted outside each room.

Please note that there will be no admission into workshops / evening parties without a wristband, so please retain after workshops end for the day.

The array of workshops/classes will cater for as many different tastes and needs as possible. There will be workshops/classes for advanced, intermediate, improver and beginner levels.  Cuban Salsa and other dances, for example Son, Reggaeton, Rumba, Orishas, Rueda, Bachata, Cha Cha & Kizomba will be included. In addition, content will be varied to include partner work, ladies & mens styling and maybe specialties such as threesomes, dips and tricks. There may also be special workshops on rhythm and timing. These type of workshops are pitched slightly higher than at class level and the pace is quicker, as emphasis is on group teaching.  Therefore if you find you are struggling please drop down a level as we want you to enjoy and retain something from the day. As workshops are free-choice if overcrowded, students will be asked to join another workshop.

Interpretation of levels – please remember that whatever your level of Salsa doesn’t always apply to other dance styles e.g. Little or No experience of other styles means you go into the Intro or Beginner classes. For Rueda classes you must have knowledge of the calls for the level (see programme) otherwise go down a level or go into the Beginners class.

This event has attracted some of the UK’s top Salsa teachers, which enables you to learn from the best. This will prove to be a real treat at any level.

You may attend as many workshops/classes as you please ( see schedule ). Regarding the Workshops, you don't need a partner to attend as teachers are asked to rotate couples, just as you would find in a normal Salsa class.

There will be a 15 minute interval between each class. Please arrive early as classes will start and end on time.

(6) Dance Styles

Rueda de Casino – Salsa danced in a circle where a ‘caller’ shouts the moves. Focus is on positioning and timing.

Son -  Based on contra-tiempo rhythms, this is the precursor to Salsa.

Rumba – Afro-Cuban roots and is danced as an improvisation between couples (Yambu, Guaguanco) or men’s (Columbia). Ladies please bring a skirt or scarf for the class. Men please bring a scarf.

Orishas – African Cuban folkloric dances of the Orishas (Yoruba deities)

Cha Cha Cha – popular triple step dance.

Bachata – Originating from Dominican Republic, has 4 beats with a sexy hip action. It is very sensual!!

Salsa Suelta /Cuban Shines - focus on footwork that blends Sasa with Rumba, Son, Afro Cuban etc.

Reggaeton – Very energetic & sexy. It is a mix of hip hop, reggae, bomba & plena beats. Involves lots of body movement and is great fun!

Kizomba -  is becoming one of today’s most popular dances. It is a fusion of Angolan Semba, Argentinean Tango, French Zouk, Samba and Salsa. This diversity of influence adds to the unique flavor of Kizomba Dance with its extraordinary footwork, sensual body movement and African rhythm, where leading and being led finds a new dimension

Styling/Body Isolation – essential upper & lower body movement and techniques that will improve & develop you as a dancer

Not too sure? Ask at the Information Desk or try the ‘Intro 2’ or ‘All’ classes to get the flavour of the dance

(7) Parties and Shows

Parties will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights and will feature top UK DJ’s and include Shows / Animation. You’ll see a mixture of established acts alongside some up and coming – a great way to get inspired!

So whether you’re after hardcore Salsa and Mambo, Urban Latin and Afro Cuban vibes, Reggaeton, Bachata , Kizomba or Cha Cha Party music then there’s something for you!

The Evening Parties start at 8.30pm but guests are welcome to come along from 8.00pm and relax in the Lounge Area where the Bar will be open and used until the main room is ready.

Fri Eve 8.30 pm - 2am – Salsa Feel The Heat’s Resident DJ- Hot Pepper & Guest DJs Javier La Rosa ( La Maquina De Cuba ) and Sam ( Chester ). Intros and Animation with the instructors.

Sat Eve  8.30pm -3am –  Fantastic Shows with music from Salsa Feel The Heat’s Resident DJ- Hot Pepper & Guest DJs Mauricio ( Latin Motion ) & Javier La Rosa ( La Maquina De Cuba ). Animation with the instructors.     

Sun Eve 8.30pm -1am -  Salsa Feel The Heat’s Resident DJ- Hot Pepper & Guest DJs Mauricio ( Latin Motion ) & Javier La Rosa ( La Maquina De Cuba ). Animation with the instructors.

Great music, relaxed atmosphere, Compered by Mauricio Reyes (Latin Motion), animation from guest instructors along with your chance to dance with your favourite teacher from the workshops will make for a great Salsa Weekend. Add to that fantastic shows and your weekend is complete.

Please come prepared to have a fantastic Summer Salsa Weekend fun time!!!!!

(8 ) Merchandising Stands

General Information is available at the Salsa Feel The Heat Desk

  1.    Bernice Hargreaves Aroma-Therapies. Aromatherapy Chair Massage & Reflexology

  2.    Bespoke Dance Shoes will be displaying & selling their fabulous range of dance shoes & clothes.

(9) Security

No admittance to Workshops or Parties will be allowed without the official event wristband. Please DO NOT remove your wristband. Even if the colour is not to your liking!! Not wearing a valid band may result in you having to pay for another one should it go missing.

(10) General Venue Information

Hotel Residents.

Breakfast & Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant

Half Board Residents & Pre-Booked through the hotel only: 

(Breakfast 7-10am    Dinner 6.30-8.00pm).

Refreshments will be available all day (drinks/bar snacks ordered through the hotel or Pub situated across the road from the venue.)

Please note that valuables left unattended are at the owners risk, as the venue will be open to the general public during the day.

In the event of fire Hotel Staff will evacuate – Meeting point is front car park.

(11) Feedback

After the event please give us your feedback in verbal or written form (email/facebook) as we appreciate your comments and it is important for future planning.

(12) Filming

Filming will take place during the day for promotional purposes by Chris & Andy-Salsa Feel The Heat. Please check with instructors before filming the class.

Emma  ( is the official photographer for the day.

Salsa...Feel The Heat reserves the right to use any images / footage taken during the event for promotional purposes.