Frequently Asked Questions

We have put this page together to help those questions you might have. Some of these are actual questions from dancers and we have posted them below.

Our Recommendation

Most people will travel up and spend 2-3 nights in Hanmer, leaving Friday afternoon or after work and staying the Friday & Saturday Night. Accommodation between a group of dancers is often very cheap and fairly easy to organise with your fellow dance class friends. The average house to hire can work out as little as $20 per person per night, you can join our Facebook group to find more people willing to do this. Some people will travel up on the Saturday morning, while others will just travel to make the party and leave the same night without staying. We prefer to stay 2 nights so we can relax in the hot pools & make the most of the weekend. You choose! . read more on the Hanmer Location page about booking a Holiday Home or Air BnB

Can I just come to the Parties?

Yes you can buy party tickets only but a full pass give you access to everything at a great price... see the prices page >

Do I arrange my own Accommodation?

Yes, see some ideas on the Locations page. 

Most people tend stay for a couple of nights for this event, however you can also drive there and back in a day, We recommend staying so you can relax and enjoy the whole event. The best thing to do is arrange with a group of people a holiday home, its very affordable. See Hanmer Holiday Homes for bookings, prices etc.

You might also consider House pooling with other dancers see below


House Pool & Car Pool?

If you want to link in with other people traveling or staying in Hanmer join our Facebook group and advertise your house to fill it or car to carpool.

We recommend catching a bus or driving, with an average 2hr drive. If you want to save a little and have more fun & make some friends, try car pooling, join out facebook group and mention you would like to car pool with others or offer car pooling.

Can Kids Come?

Kids are welcome. Which also have Free entry to the parties. 

Do I need Heel Caps?

This dance floor doesn't require them, but they will help your dance shoes last longer.

Can I come Alone? 

Yes!.. and partner dance classes aka workshops, rotate partners frequently which is much more inclusive and social.
Partner dance classes and workshops are also a great way to meet people before the parties, so you can social dance more easily.

Do I need a Full Pass?

You don't. But for best value yes a Full Pass is a bargain. You can buy Workshops & Party passes individually as you go any time but be aware if the event sells out then there is a good chance you could be turned away at the door from some workshops. See the store for more details >

Is there a limited amount of full passes?

From 2021 we have set a max limit of passes sold to 150 due to popularity and venue size for the classes. We highly recommend you get a Full pass before they sell out, this is the only way we can guarantee entry to any workshop.

What does a 'Full Pass' include?

A full pass covers all workshops and all party entries over both Friday & Saturday for 1 person & gives you priority entry to the workshops... see details >

Who can come? 

Everyone is welcome to join in, no matter if you're a beginner, seasoned dancer or have never danced before, there is something available for you. All ages are welcome too, including kids, which also have Free entry to the parties. 

Does my pass include Hot Pools?

No passes this year include hot pools.

Do I need experience?

Everyone is welcome, including people with no dance knowledge. This is fun supportive event designed for everyone. 

Feel free to send us a message if you are unsure about what to do.

However we do recommend you join classes in your local area to get the most out of these workshops, see here for some schools>

What if I can only come 1 day?

You might find that the Early Bird price is still the cheapest option. So we recommend grabbing these asap!
We also do have an option for those that can only make it on Saturday in the store.
- Example#1 - You can only make Friday Night; Then we would suggest buying the workshops & party individually, see the pricing page >

- Example#2 - You can make only Saturday Workshops we would suggest that its still probably still cheapest to get a Full Pass or Individually on the day >

- Example#3 - I can only Make 2 Workshops & a party; you might find it cheapest to purchase these separately, see the pricing page >

I'm an absolute Beginner what's Available to me?

If you have never learnt to dance before or a beginner, you should attend Beginner or Open level classes. Most of the workshops are designed for dancers who are already learning, so we would recommend learning Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba prior to going to this event to get the most out of it.
....See our sponsors below for some dance schools around NZ.


Do I Need to Book? 

No, you are not required to, you can just turn up on the day. However we recommend to buy a full pass online for a greatest discount!

We recommend getting a full pas online incase numbers are to large, so there is a risk you could be turned away on popular workshop times.


Do I need a Pay Pal Account to pay online?

You don't need a PayPal account, see the non-login option. This uses all major bank cards..

What if I miss the Online Full pass cut off date?

You will need to purchase individual passes either in Cash on the day or online any time.
We recommend getting a full pas online incase numbers are to large, so there is a risk you could be turned away on popular workshop times.

Can I sell my pass?

You can transfer full passes to another name, but there are conditions please see the payment page >

What happens if we end up in a Lockdown

If this ever happens again we will postpone this event or cancel. Have a read more about this here >

Will I need a MVP/CVC?

With the latest information as per govt announcement - We do NOT require vax passes for this event.


Payment FAQ's

Please see the shop page >

Entry Conditions

• Full Workshop Entry Info
For the very first workshop you do please come extra early so you get your wrist band as there is normally a line up. You can see what time doors open on the timetable page >
. If you have full pass, make sure you turn up to the venue at least 5-15mins early so you can guarantee priority entry to any workshop. So in other words turn up early if you have a Full pass, so you can make sure you gain entry to a workshop because your slot might be given to someone else who doesn't have a Full pass. You could be turned away if you are late to any workshop with no refund due to maximum capacity.

• Casual Workshop Entry Info

If you don't have a full pass, you may not be able to gain access to all workshops, however, If there is space 5mins before class starts, spaces will be given to any casual entry dancers that can pay cash on the day if there is space ....see pricing info >

• Party Entry Info

You are welcome to come anytime during the night, there is no set limit on numbers for parties at this stage as the capacity is larger because we use the whole venue rather than just the main hall.

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