I was reading a thread about dancing on1 in an on2 city and salsalawyer said that alot of locals don't go to LA congress, I already know this to be true in NY as well. It kind of baffles me to be honest. Why wouldn't local dancers take the opportunity to dance with people from outside their local scene who take dancing seriously enough to have come to a congress? Yes I have heard people say that the dancing is better at Jimmy's than at the congress but even if that's the case . . . By missing out on your own congress you miss the opportunity to meet and dance with a huge influx of people you have never met/danced with. I have also heard that the scene in LA is so big that you are always meeting new people . . . But I would imagine that at a congress you have a better chance of meeting alot of new people who also are fun to dance with. Finally I think some people get too involved in the politics of the scene, not wanting to support the promotor, but really, especially if you live locally, isn't the cost of going social dancing, often with a live band and a few hundred(or thousand in some cases) hard-core dancers worth it?