My opinion about congresses is pretty simple - go if you wanna go, stay home if you wanna stay home. And yes, I get annoyed with friends who try to put pressure on me to go simply because they have gone or want to go themselves. Personally, I think we're overinflating the ego and attitude issue at Congresses. I believe most dancers are actually more open to dancing with complete strangers at a congress because odds are that the other person knows what s/he is doing. Sure, I've encountered the occasional salsa snob at a congress, but no more frequent than in a regular night in a new scene - where an experienced salsera will think I must be a beginner since she doesn't recognize me. Do the "superstars" get a little too much adulation? Yes. Is there the tendency for all of us to stand around and watch them? Yes. But you're still free to do as you please. It's relatively easy to figure out who is nice and who is snobby/snotty. And I've met some lovely people at these sorts of things over the years (and while it wasn't a congress per se, I even met Dragon at a "Salsa Land Cruise" in Cancun a few years ago. And we're friends to this day.) What I like about congresses is that it's like your local scene distilled into it's most intense form. You could arguably do nothing but salsa for the entire weekend (too much for me, personally). When else can you do that? :shock: What I don't like about congresses is that most of them get too crowded. But hey, better crowded than empty! So the bottom line, IMHO, is do what you want/feel like. Go to a congress. Go to a new city on a regular night. Stay and promote your local scene. It's all good, and each have their strengths and weaknesses. You've got to experience it for yourself to decide what you like best.