DCBX a Transformational four day event is gearing up to impact the DC Metro area & the World! They may have started as a dance festival, but have since morphed into a true entrepreneurial event that celebrates the arts. What sets them apart from other dance festivals? Their willingness to be unique and create new and exciting events that bring together diverse Communities in an experiential four day event that changes lives!
DCBX has bitten off a huge project this year combining the arts, a community awards show, dance, film, entrepreneurship and foodpreneurs in the culinary world. Although every year they step up their game, 2017 will be a year to remember! DCBX stands for Do, Connect, Be & eXperience! Lets find out more about each event within DCBX below:
The Excellence Awards BE COMMUNITY
The 2nd Annual DCBX Excellence Awards is an an awards show honoring those in the Latin Dance & the Hispanic Community who make a difference through their commitment to positively affecting lives & celebrating The Global Latin Experience.
The DC Bachata Cultural Congress BE DANCE & DIVERSITY
The DC Bachata Cultural Congress will have over 200+ dance & diversity performances as well as a 100+ educational workshops! Over 5000 attendees from50 States & 33 countries will connect for four straight days of diversity & dance bliss!
The Global Impact Film Festival BE CHANGE
In it’s 3rd year “GIDC” will focus on “Global Causes” to connect the vast diverse attendees who want to make a difference. Short films will showcase the top directors around the world.
DCBX Xccelerate BE FOODPRENEURS
This year DCBX Xccelerate “Entrepreneurs Moving Forward” is focusing on Foodpreneurs! We will provide workshops & seminars bringing some of the top & most successful restaurant owners & foodpreneurs in the city! It will also include a special VIP invite only event.
DCBX Flavor Fest BE FOODIES
DCBX & DC Bachata attendees get ready to get your “Last Taste of Summer” at some of the best restaurants & food trucks around City Center DC & the Renaissance. With over 150 restaurants in a couple block radius there is something for everyone!
Restaurants will be offering special discounts to attendees who have a DC Bachata/DCBX wristband. Get ready to explore our nation’s capital on a culinary feast!
DCBX brings their 9th annual DCBX this August 24-28th to the amazing Renaissance Hotel in NW DC. This event proves to out due itself every year, and is showing to truly set the mark this year again. The DC Bachata congress bring thousands of people from all over the world to the heart of the US for an unforgettable weekend of Latin dance culture and fun.
Lee and Katherine Smith’s passion has created an unparalleled experience highlighting the various aspects of the Latin culture; allowing members from all different genres to network together. These types of events are what change the way of the world, one step at a time. They are opening their minds and hearts to show the passion that DCBX can bring to an entire community.
The results of such a grand event…well I guess time will tell, but word is they might just be the next South by Southwest.
DCBX is proud to have been voted #1 Latin Dance & Diversity Event of the Year in 2015, 2016 & 2017 by the M.O.B. dance & diversity association. Over 200 of the top Latin Events in the country were up for the award! What makes this award so special, is it’s chosen by over 5,000 members! As a people’s choice winner DCBX continues to strive to give attendees a transformational experience that they will never forget!
Here are some of those experiences from our 2015, 2016 & 2017 after event surveys!
“DCBX delivers! One of the best dance experiences I could have ever asked for, I can’t wait to come back again next year!”
“The DCBX 2016 was beyond amazing, it really takes the best event producers to bring people from all over the world under one roof.Thank you Lee & Kat and staff for putting together an unforgettable event.”
“Since my first DCBC, the only I can tell you guys that you do an amazing job each year, each year is getting bigger and better, I cant wait for my next DCBC, I have pictures for every year I attend, love you guys!!!”
“It was a life time experience and I felt wonderful!”
“Absolutely a motivational and inspiring experience that will leave you wanting to come back.”
“Lee and Kat. Thank you for providing a weekend that, for the second time in a row, has given me the highest quality dancing experience I’ve honestly ever had. The dancers who come to DCBX bring their A game and I get shivers by the end of each night.”
“Love that you are always trying to outdo yourselves.”
“This Congress was amazing. The city and venue were perfect, and it was so memorable to be able to take workshops with dancers that I’ve seen on social media and consider amazing. And don’t get me started on the 24 hour dancing…love it! I’ll be back every year…thank you for all the work you’ve put into making it great!”
“Great time overall, amazing talent across the different genres!”
“This was my first Congress and everyone I talked to was right – it was amazing. I tried to take as many workshops as my body could handle each day and go back for more dancing at night. I didn’t want to go to bed – I just wanted to keep dancing!”
“DCBX was fire! Non-stop dancing whether at workshops, rooftop parties, lobby parties, or in the ballrooms that didn’t close til 8am. The level of dancers that attend the congress is so high, it makes you wanting the event to never end. Definitely buying my pass for next year! Not something to ever miss out on!”
“I’ve been attending DC Bachata Congress for the past five years and every year it just keeps getting better. People from every state, from over 20 different countries coming together to share the love and passion we all have for dance, no matter the genre. The amount of quality instructors that are invited each year, how can you not take four and five workshops in a row? And the energy in all the ballrooms?! It’s almost impossible to not want to stay up till 8. I’m already looking forward to next year’s DCBX!”
“I preformed 2 years ago with a samba group for one of the openers and was already impressed. This year it was even more amazing.”
“As a first time attendee, and performer, it was the best experience I could have ever asked for!”
“great bachata festival, quality dancers, lots of fun!”
“This is one of the events that can’t be missed. You will be amazed at the verity of workshops there are. I would recommend it to any first comers or anyone starting out at dancing. You will pick up a lot just by taking the classes and meet new people. Not only that but the verity of shows and concerts make the event memorable too. This event has been my 3rd and I always have fun. I recommend it….”
“As someone who is new to the world of salsa/bachata/kizomba/zouk, this was a phenomenal introduction and a great learning experience – I definitely feel like I am a part of a new community!”
“Good amount of workshops and instructors, plus 24/7 rooms to dance. Hotel venue was very spacious, which is a very positive thing when you think about the amount of people in each workshop.”
“After attending other congresses, which I have enjoyed as well, I noticed how fortunate we are in the DC area to have such a big Congress which does not only offer many different types of dance to chose from, but also offers educational workshops. Not to mention that there are numerous ballrooms and very talented instructors. DC Congress is by far my favorite dance event.”
“This was a wonderful festival, so many top performers, instructors and DJs! It was a great first experience in DC! Thank you for all the hard work!”
“Loved it and keep it up the great work!”
“My first year at the DC Bachata Congress was amazing. The quality of dancing and instruction was phenomenal.”
“I had a fantastic time!! Great workshops, great performances, great dances! Can’t wait to go back next year”
“This event is about connecting with people.”
“Great workshops, fantastic music, incredible dancers. This festival is not to be missed!”
“While I love the local DC instructors, I always learn something unique and new from the visiting instructors. That’s my favorite part of the congress.”
“I never thought I’d be in a pachanga class, but that’s what happens here at DCBC, you push your boundaries and explore new opportunities. Loved it!”
“Thank you so much for the labor of love and hard work to put this together, it was amazing!”
“My sister and I had they time of our lives, but the end of the night, our blusters had blisters and we had a hard time walking to the car-that’s how you know it was an epic night.”
“The mecca of congresses!!!”