While some people celebrate Independence day with traditional barbecues and fireworks, others, particularly dancers like to do the same so long as it’s not too far from a dance floor! Since many places either close for the holiday, or have adjusted schedules, and many people like to get away for the holiday, what better reason to do so than now? Why not combine your favorite past time with a quick summer getaway to one of the dance festivals happening within driving distance, just across the next state line.

From July 1-5, Scottsdale, Arizona will host the annual Phoenix 4th of July Swing Dance Convention. For four fun filled nights and 5 days, the Camelback Inn and Spa will be home to America’s longest running West Coast Swing dance convention. With over 7,200 square feet spread across multiple dance floors at this luxurious desert resort, this will undoubtedly be a holiday weekend to remember.

Teaming with a variety of talent and special guests like So You Think You Can Dance alumni, Benji Schwimmer, this event also draws dancers from around the country, and across the globe. With a roster of the top swing DJ’s and instructors presenting 30 workshops, there will be something for everyone. There will also be the “Champions of Champions” dance competition, along with other special programs like the Robert Royston Intensive and Country Boot camp.  And to top it of a charity dinner.

From July 2-6th  just north west of Phoenix, the annual Salsa Congress will be happening in Las Vegas at the Tropicana hotel. Now in it’s 12th year, this event just seems to get bigger and bigger. With over 30 artists presenting 40 workshops, covering a number of styles, participants will have an opportunity to indulge in a variety of dance styles and approaches. From solo technique to styling, and lifts and tricks for partnering, a wide array of elements will be offered. There is also a special Salsa Mambo showdown that allows participants an opportunity to intensely train with one of the top salsa and bachata teams in the world. After learning a challenging routine for 4 days, the chosen participants will then perform what they learned for the closing night on the big stage. There are also a series of competitions for groups and couples ranging from amateur level to professional.

Following 6-8 hour days of workshops, then performances, each night commences with social dancing to live music until dawn. If salsa isn’t really your thing, there will also be non-stop bachata and kizomba played in adjacent ballrooms. The Tropicana has a wonderful, large pool area where many dancers frequently flock for some relaxing lounge time by the pool. What’s so nice about this event is that everything you need is within walking distance or a short cab ride. Whether you’re a regular or newbie in Las Vegas, there is always something to see and do. So while you’re out grabbing a bite to eat, there are numerous sights and attractions right at your doorstep. From iconic hotels, restaurants, shows and even roller coasters, you can bring your non-dancing friends and family along who will have plenty to keep them busy.

Whether you’re in Scottsdale, Las Vegas or staying local, have a safe, fun holiday as you set off sparks on the dance floor!