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About Robson Square Salsa

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is a FREE community salsa dance event organized by Jennifer and Stephen Dancey of the Dancey Ballroom and SalsaVancouver.net

The dances happen every Sunday in the summer months of July and August and are run by a team of volunteers from Vancouver's salsa dance community.

2017 Schedule

Sunday afternoons from July 8 to Aug 26
3:00pm to 7:00pm

July 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

Free Salsa Dance Lesson at 3pm

Come try the free beginner Salsa dance lesson at 3pm taught by some of Vancouver's best Salsa instructors (lesson lasts for 30 minutes, every Sunday)

Dance Shows at 5pm

Every Sunday there are two or three dance performances by local dancers and dance companies representing many different dance styles including Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Tango, West Coast Swing, Flamenco, Hawaiian, Polynesian, Belly Dance, Tap, Ballroom, Hip Hop, and more!

Social Dancing all Afternoon

Dancing starts immediately after the Salsa lesson, from 3:30pm to 7:00pm


COMPLETELY FREE thanks to the generosity of our sponsors!


For enquiries or more information, please
contact the event organizers by email

How to get to Robson Square

Robson Square is located at the corner of Robson Street and Howe Street in downtown Vancouver. View Google Map

By Public Transit
Leave the car at home and take public transit. Catch a bus downtown or take the SkyTrain. Fares are only $2.75 from any zone on Sundays to come downtown on TransLink

Granville Station (on the Canada Line and Millennium & Expo Lines) is just two blocks away.

By Car
Inexpensive parking is available on Sundays in various parkades close to Robson Square, including Infinity Parkade, Winners/Future Shop parkade, Law Courts Parkade and more. Check closing times to be sure you can get back to your car!

About Robson Square Salsa

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square was created by Stephen and Jennifer Dancey of the Dancey Ballroom and SalsaVancouver.net in partnership with fellow salsa dancer Drew Matlow (co-organizer of the first two seasons).

The first two seasons of dances were held in the summer months of July and August in 2006 and 2007, until Robson Square was closed for renovation prior to the 2010 Olympics.

In 2009, an autumn series of dances was held in September and October to celebrate the re-opening of the revitalized Robson Square prior to the 2010 Olympic Games.

2011 marked the return of Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square with a full season of dances running every Sunday in July and August.

The last four years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) have been the largest seasons yet with more dancers, more spectators, and more dance shows every year.

A big thank you to the Sunday Afternoon Salsa volunteer event crew who run these events better than we could ourselves. Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square would not be possible without you.

Now in its 12th year: 2006-2018

Sunday Afternoon Salsa dancing at Robson Square is back this summer!

And we're back to our full season of 8 Sundays!

Add the dates to your calendars:
July 8 to August 26

Check out the photos from last year's Robson Square events:
Event photography by Daudi X

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of FREE outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver (since 2006) during the summer months of July and August.

The Summer 2018 season runs for eight Sundays:
July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 12, 19, 26

Try the free lesson at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is!

Free Dance Lessons and Dance Shows

The Robson Square Salsa events start every Sunday with a Free Beginner Salsa Dance Lesson at 3pm for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to dance salsa, even those who claim they have two left feet! The lesson lasts for half an hour (3:00-3:30pm) and is taught by some of Vancouver's best salsa instructors. At 5pm there is a Dance Show featuring performances by some of Vancouver’s more talented dancers.

A POPULAR ADDITION LAST YEAR was the After Party at 7pm featuring a different style of music each week (Hustle, West Coast Swing, Kizomba). The after party starts with a Free Dance Lesson at 7pm-7:30pm, followed by dancing until 9.30pm.

2018 Daily Schedule

Salsa Dance: 3pm-7pm
Salsa Dance Lesson 3pm-3:30pm
Social Dancing 3:30pm-5pm
Performances 5pm-5:30pm
Social Dancing 5:30pm-7pm

After Party: 7pm-9:30pm
Dance Lesson 7pm-7:30pm
Social Dancing 7:30pm-9:30pm

Check the Instructor and Performer Schedule below for all the details on who's teaching and performing this year. The Robson Square salsa dances are open to everyone and you are welcome even if you've never danced a day in your life.

If you've never experienced Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square, take a look at this video that perfectly captures the event, by local photographer and videographer Trevor Jansen who dropped by one Sunday a couple years ago and filmed this:


Social Dancing

After the lessons and performances, hundreds of salsa dancers take centre stage doing what they enjoy most, dancing salsa. People of all ages and from all backgrounds join in the fun, celebrating Vancouver’s uniqueness as well as its cultural and ethnic diversity.

Sunday Afternoon Salsa is open to everyone and you are welcome whether you dance every night in the local clubs, are just starting to take lessons, or have only heard about salsa dancing but don't know what all the fuss is about. Join in the fun or just come and watch, Vancouver has plenty of accomplished dancers who love to show off!

Even if you've never danced a day in your life, don't feel shy. Come and try the free lesson, watch the shows, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is! There is lots of information available about salsa dance classes and lessons, and many instructors will be there who can answer any questions you may have.



Robson Square is where many people in Vancouver discover salsa for the first time. Here's what one salsa dancer says about Robson Square:

"Just wanted to say thanks to you and the crew for putting on the event. Robson Square is how I got into salsa. I remember walking by on a warm summer night two years ago and seeing all these people stream downstairs. I was stunned to see the square lit up all warm and gold and all these people dancing. I was so jealous that I couldn't dance and that encouraged me to get started. Coming back these last two weekends really made it full circle for me and I want to thank you guys for introducing me to salsa." (Edwin)

2018 Instructor and Performer Schedule


Instructors for 
Salsa Lessons

Performers for
Dance Shows

After Party

July 8 -



July 15 -



July 22 -



July 29 -



Aug 5 -



Aug 12 - - -
Aug 19 - - -
Aug 26 -



Event Sponsors

The 2017 Season of Sunday Afternoon Salsa is provided for FREE to the community thanks to the event's generous sponsors:


Sound provided by Gran Maestro Productions

Learn to Dance Salsa In Three Hours!

Are you an absolute beginner and want to learn how to dance salsa? Do you have two left feet? Want to try a one-time salsa lesson to see if you like it, without having to sign up for classes? Then the Beginner Salsa Bootcamp is perfect for you!

Learn how to dance Salsa in a day with instructors from some of Vancouver’s best Salsa dance companies. This intensive course has been designed to teach you the basics of Salsa and get you dancing in just a few hours by building progressively on what you learn in a fun and easy-to-understand way. No partner necessary, doesn’t matter if you’re single or a couple.

For more information or to register, visit DanceyBallroom.com

Salsa Dance Classes

For more information on Salsa Classes and Lessons, please visit: DanceyStudios.com


To learn more about Salsa Dancing in Vancouver, please visit: SalsaVancouver.net


2017 Summer Arts Festivals Take Flight

Georgia Straight Summer in the City Issue

The hottest summer dance event in town mixes it up this year, adding an after-party that spotlights different dance styles - from Hustle to West Coast Swing - from 7 to 9pm. The usual open-air salsa dancing runs from 3 to 7pm, with the first half-hour devoted to lessons, social dancing till 7, and dance shows and performances at 5.


Featured on the cover of The Georgia Straight's 2015 Guide to Summer in the City

On the cover of The Georgia Straight: Cesar Salazar and Tracie Yee, instructors at the Dancey Ballroom and hosts of the Kizomba After Party which runs every Sunday at 7:30-10pm, immediately after the salsa dances. MORE INFO


What people
are saying about Robson Square Salsa:

Lower Mainland summer arts festivals have it made in the shade:
Vancouver's Summer Arts Festivals 2015

Over 2,000 shares on Facebook! This Vancity Buzz post about free salsa dancing lessons at Robson Square every Sunday this summer:
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square 2015

Best of Vancouver 2012 Contributor's Picks

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

"Every summer, Stephen and Jennifer Dancey of SalsaVancouver.net and the Dancey Ballroom host these free lessons, along with the help of numerous volunteers and eager newbies. Lessons take place at 3pm on the expanse under Robson Street that is an ice rink in winter. The instruction is followed by demonstrations from some of Vancouver’s hottest dancers: everything from swing and belly dance to rueda and ballroom. The dance floor is open till 7:30pm, so people can shake their hips like Shakira; even people who claim they have two left feet are welcome."

Featured in

Summer Arts Festivals let Audiences get in on the Action 2014
The Georgia Straight

Best Free Things
To Do in Vancouver
This Summer

Vancity Buzz

Summer 2013: Free Dance Events at Robson Square
Miss 604

Free Tours, Activities and Attractions in Vancouver
Vancity Buzz

Insider Guide:
Best of Vancouver

CNN Travel

Summer 2013's Best Free Things to do in Vancouver

Best of Vancouver 2012 Contributor's Picks
The Georgia Straight

Vancouver's Summer Arts Festivals 2012
The Georgia Straight

The Best of
Vancouver for Free

BBC Travel & Lonely Planet

Summer 2012's Best Free Things to do in Vancouver

Canada Day Activities
BC Living

Free Salsa Dancing at Robson Square
Inside Vancouver

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square was featured in Vancouver's Miss604.com blog:

Globe and Mail interview with Sunday Afternoon Salsa organizer Jennifer Dancey, July 2011. Read article

Check out Sunday Afternoon Salsa organizer Jennifer Dancey on The Express. Lots of footage of people dancing, maybe even you! Watch the video clip on YouTube
Sunday Afternoon Salsa was featured in an article by Yvonne Zacharias in the Vancouver Sun. Read article











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