The second round of the qualifiers for the SF Salsa Congress' annual World Salsa Challenge will be held this upcoming Saturday at Hot Salsa Saturday. The first round of qualifiers was held two weeks ago, and only featured one set of competitors. Generally, more competitors enter the competition later on in the qualifiers, so expect to see more competitors this weekend and in the competitions to come.
Every week, up to 3 couples will qualify per division, and there will be a final round of competition in November which pits all the finalists against each other. The top couples from that final round of qualifiers get the chance to represent the Bay Area and compete at th 12th Annual San Francisco Salsa Congress.
This is the third year since the competition at the SF Congress was branded the "World Salsa Challenge", and there are more divisions this year than ever, with five different divisions that competitors can compete in: amateur, semi-pro ("pro-rising star"), professional, pro-am, and juvenile.
Competitors can qualify for the competition by dancing freestyle to a random song, but they must prepare a routine for the final round of qualifiers and the SF Congress.
In addition to hosting the Salsa Congress competition qualifiers, the upcoming Hot Salsa Saturday is "College Night", where college students can attend the event for just $5 with a student ID. Hot Salsa Saturday is one of the most popular salsa events in the South Bay, featuring dance lessons, complimentary dinner, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning.