Venue Information


(1) General

Venue : Robin Park Sports Centre, Loire Drive, Opposite DW Stadium ( formerly JJB Stadium home of Wigan Athletic & Wigan Warriors ), Wigan, WN5 0UZ.

The event runs from registration at 9.30am, Saturday 8th February 2014 , with workshops starting at 10.30am through to close of the Evening Party on Sunday 9th February 2014 at 2.30am.

A Pre Event Party will be held on Friday 7th February at the Bellingham Hotel from 8.30pm till 1.00am.

(2) By Road

The complex is situated behind the main retail shopping park and is located alongside the DW Football / Rugby Stadium, the Robin Park Sports Centre is easily accessible by Road. A large free of charge car park is situated to the front of the venue.

If you are coming via the M6 then exit at Junction 25 onto the A49 to Wigan. If you are coming via the M61 then exit at Junction 5 onto the A58 to Wigan. The venue is conveniently situated to both cities of Liverpool ( 27 miles ) and Manchester ( 25 Miles )


(3) By Rail

The nearest stations to Robin Park are Wigan Wallgate on the Manchester (Piccadilly) to Liverpool (Lime Street) line and Wigan North Western on the main London/Glasgow line. Both approximately 1 mile from the venue.

By Air

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

(4)  Accommodation

Bellingham Hotel, 141-149 Wigan Lane, Wigan, WN1 2NB            Tel no 01942 243893

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This establishment offers reduced rates for guests attending the Northern Salsa Wigan All Dayer Event.

Places are limited so an early booking is advised.

Alternative Local Hotels in Wigan

Premier Inn, Warrington Road, Marus Bridge.  Ring Kate Mowat on 01942 493469 for room rates.

(5) Workshops/Classes

All workshops/classes will take place in the Robin Park Sports Centre and Arena buildings.

We will be using MPH (Dance Studios) 1 & 2 plus Café Life Bar as workshop areas, in the Sports Centre, along with the VIP Area & Olympic Suite (Arena Building– opposite Robin Park Sports Centre). Individual room timetables will be posted outside each room.

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 Cha & Styling 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. The final Workshop schedule is compiled from the majority responses from completed questionnaires issued at the time of booking. We believe we cater for the needs of those that book by completing the workshop schedule in this way.

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.

  1. (6)Parties and Show

The main Party will take place on Saturday night at Robin Park 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 or Cha Cha Cha Party music then there’s something for you!

The Evening Party starts at 8.30pm but guests are welcome to come along from 7.30pm where the Café Life Bar will be open and used until the main room is ready. Please retain your wristband for entry.

Great music, relaxed atmosphere, fun animation & line-ups, along with your chance to dance with the instructors from the day will make for a great Salsa Night. Add to that amazing shows and your night is complete. We will party until 2.30am so come prepared to have a fantastic Northern Salsa –Wigan All Dayer fun time!!!!!

(7) Shopping

The Liverpool One and Manchester Trafford Shopping Centre's are both easily accessible by car from the venue.

(8) Merchandising Stands

This event will be a great place to do some stock piling for your salsa bits‘n’bobs. A funky new salsa outfit, the perfect dancing shoes, new trainers, hard to find music and DVD delights, accessories or even take a massage.

(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

Lockers (£1), showers & changing facilities are available should they be required. Please ask Centre staff for details or a member of the Salsa Feel The Heat Team (in red T-Shirts).

Please note that valuables left unattended are at the owners risk, as the centre will be open to the general public during the day, therefore we strongly advise the use of a locker for the day.

Refreshments will be available all day (drinks/snacks through vending machines) and sandwiches, jacket potatoes, salads, hot/cold/alcoholic drinks etc will be available from Café Life Bar 12-3pm  (Lunch-time 1pm-2pm).

Should you wish to bring your own packed cold lunch you are welcome, however, hot food is not allowed into the centre at all.

Fast Food outlets are situated on the retail park outside the centre e.g. Pizza Hut, Burger King, McDonalds, Frankie & Benny’s etc should you require them.

In the event of fire Centre 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 & Andy ( are the official photographers for the day.

(13) 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)

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 3Somes – 1 man leading 2 women!!! Great fun

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

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

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.

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

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

(14) Car Parking

Car Parking is complimentary at the front of the Venue.

  1. (15)Performers/Instructors Cancellation

All advertised Performers/Instructors have been confirmed prior to publishing all promotional material and Salsa feel the heat cannot be held responsible in the event of cancellation by any of the advertised personnel. Changes may be made to the programme and line up of instructors at our discretion and/or in response to circumstances beyond our control.

  1. (16) Cancellation Penalties

Please note that Salsa feel the heat are unable to make a refund should you wish to cancel your booking, We recommend that you take up insurance to cover your own cancellation as without it, you may result in a loss of monies paid.  Please read our terms and conditions of booking.