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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is the California Dance Festival?
The California Dance Festival is a vibrant celebration of dance, featuring salsa, bachata, hip-hop, and other dance styles. It brings together dance enthusiasts from all over the world for workshops, performances, social dancing, and cultural exchange.


2. Who can attend the festival?
The festival is open to everyone. Whether you're a complete beginner, an experienced dancer, or just a lover of Latin or Hip-Hop music and culture, there's something for everyone.


3. Are there any age restrictions for attendees?
While the event is designed for adults, all ages are welcome. If a child wishes to take classes just know that they will be alongside other adults. We envision the best place for children would be watching the shows. Please check specific event details for more information on the event schedule. Parental supervision is encouraged.


4. What should I bring to the festival?
Comfortable clothing and dance shoes or light sneakers are highly recommended. For dance workshops, consider bringing a water bottle, towel, and extra shirts. For the nightly social dances and performances, many attendees enjoy dressing up, especially for the themed nights.


5. Do I need to bring a dance partner?
A dance partner is not necessary. Workshops and social dances are excellent opportunities to meet and dance with different people while making new friends. Classes rotate partners, however if you want to dance with a select partner, that is also allowed.


6. How do I choose the right workshops for my level?
Workshops are categorized by level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) to help you select the best fit for your skills. If you're unsure, feel free to ask the instructors for guidance.


7. Can I take photographs or videos during the festival?
Photography and videography policies vary by event and venue. Unless explicitly stated, please assume that recording performances is not allowed without permission. However, taking photos for personal use is permitted.

8. Are tickets refundable or transferable?
Tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferable. In the past, we had a different ticketing platform that made it difficult to transfer in the final week, however now you can transfer all the way until the event starts!


9. How can I stay updated on the festival schedule and any changes?
The festival website, our newsletter, and our official social media channels are the best sources for up-to-date information. We recommend following us to receive the latest news and updates. You can sign up for the newsletter with the popup from the website.


10. Is there a code of conduct for the festival?
Yes, our code of conduct is visible at the front desk and listed on our website.


11. How can I volunteer or become a vendor at the festival?
All of the slots are full for vendors and volunteers.


12. What accommodation or lodging options are available near the festival venue?
We've partnered with several hotels close to the festival venue to offer special rates for attendees. Please visit our website's hotel section for details and booking information. The main hotel sells out every year, so please be mindful and reserve early.


13. Will there be food or restaurants at the festival?
Yes, inside the venue, we'll also have food vendors offering a selection of snacks and meals, including vegetarian and vegan options. Also, the festival venue is surrounded by a variety of dining options catering to all tastes, from quick bites to sit-down meals.


14. Is alcohol available at the festival?
Alcohol will be available for purchase at designated bar areas within the festival for attendees of legal drinking age (21+ in the United States). Please carry a valid ID for age verification. We encourage responsible drinking and reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.


15. What are the parking options at the festival?
The Doubletree has free parking for hotel guests, and $5 parking for those not staying. We strongly recommend carpooling or using public transportation to ease congestion and environmental impact. Please be careful of parking anywhere off the hotel premises. The Arden Mall across the street will tow if left overnight.

16. How do I purchase Festival Passes or Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased through the official festival website. We offer various ticket options, including full festival passes, day passes, and tickets to specific events. Early bird discounts and group rates are available for a limited time, so be sure to book early to secure the best prices.


17. Can I book private lessons with festival instructors?
Yes, booking private lessons with our renowned festival instructors is a fantastic way to enhance your dance skills. Availability is limited, so we recommend contacting the instructors directly through the contact information provided on our website as early as possible to arrange lessons.


18. As a newcomer, what should I expect at the festival?

 

  • Welcoming Atmosphere: Expect a friendly and inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds and dance levels come together to share their love for dance. Don't hesitate to introduce yourself and make new friends!

 

  • Diverse Crowd: Attendees range from complete beginners to professional dancers, spanning various ages and cultures. This diversity enriches the festival experience, offering you a glimpse into the global dance community.

  • Learning Opportunities: With workshops designed for beginners, you'll have the chance to learn the basics in a supportive setting. Instructors are patient and accustomed to teaching first-timers, ensuring you grasp the fundamentals.

  • Inspiring Performances: Watching seasoned dancers and professionals perform can be truly inspiring. These performances showcase the beauty and potential of dance, motivating you to explore your own abilities.

  • Social Dancing: Evening socials are a highlight, where you can practice what you've learned in a real-world setting. Don't be shy to ask others to dance—it's all part of the learning experience.

  • Music and Culture: Beyond dance, the festival is a celebration of Latin music and culture. Enjoy the rhythms, learn about the origins of the dances, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere.

  • Physical Intensity: Dance workshops and socials can be physically demanding, especially if you're not used to being on your feet for extended periods. Stay hydrated, rest when needed, and listen to your body.

  • Emotional Highs and Lows: It's normal to feel overwhelmed or frustrated as you're learning, but also expect moments of joy and accomplishment. Embrace the journey, and remember that every dancer started as a beginner.

  • Community Support: The dance community is known for its supportive nature. If you have questions or need help, don't hesitate to ask fellow attendees, instructors, or festival staff.

 

  • Fun and Freedom: Above all, the festival is about having fun and expressing yourself through dance. Enjoy the freedom to explore different styles, meet new people, and celebrate the joy of dance. Remember, everyone was a newbie at some point, and the dance festival is a fantastic opportunity to start your journey. Embrace the experience, keep an open mind, and enjoy every moment!


Have More Questions or Need Assistance?
Our goal is to ensure you have an incredible experience at the California Dance Festival. If you have any more questions, need further clarification, or wish to share feedback, we're here to help!


For inquiries and support, please contact us at:
Email: contact@dancecalifornia.com

 

Stay Connected:
Follow us on our social media channels for the latest updates, and behind-the-scenes looks, and to connect with fellow dance enthusiasts:
www.instagram.com/CaliDanceFest
https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaDanceFest

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