Frequently asked questions - FAQ
We do not provide a translated version of this website. However, we receive a large amount of questions every year - many of them similar, covering almost all parts of the festival. We have therefore compiled a list of frequently asked questions which gives you the ability to grasp all the important aspects of the festival, without the need to browse the German website. If you have a question which we do not answer here, please feel free to drop us a message (English spoken): firstname.lastname@example.org
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What exactly is the Euro Dance Festival?
The Euro Dance Festival, held yearly at the Europa-Park near Freiburg, Germany, is Europe's largest dance workshop festival. For five days, the world's best dancers give around 450 workshops and courses: Standard, Latin, Discofox, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Tango Argentino, Lindy Hop, Swing, Hip Hop, Breakdance and more. For every level - from beginner to professional. Additionally, spectacular shows await the visitors on the first four evenings of the festival. A dance fair with various merchants and exhibitors completes this extraordinary five-day experience! The festival 2016 runs from February 10th through 14th and is the tenth edition.
Where is the festival location?
The Europa-Park in Rust near Freiburg is Germany's largest amusement park. It is set in a delightful and culturally rich region near the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland. Europa-Park is a genuine crowd puller attracting over 4 million visitors a year. The park itself is closed during the time of the festival which allows us to occupy almost every venue – ranging from French bistro to classic ball room.
What are the dates of the upcoming festivals?
2016: February 10th-14th
2017: March 1st-5th
2018: February 14th-18th
Who are the organizers?
Gutmann Events GmbH & Co. KG and the Europa-Park. The Freiburg-based dance school Gutmann serves as advisor.
Questions concerning tickets and hotel accomodation
Which tickets are sold and what are the prices?
We offer day tickets or evening tickets (with or without seating), multiple-day tickets and late-night tickets. See the German version here and please feel free to contact us if you need assistance with your booking.
How do I book hotel accomodation?
The Euro Dance Festival is held when Europa-Park is closed.
Accomodation has to be booked independently from your festival tickets: Call +49 (0) 7822 / 8600 or send an email to: email@example.com (English spoken). Make sure to mention that you take part at the festival when booking!
Please note: There will be an aftershow party every festival evening at Hotel Colosseo - on fifth floor. Please call ahead at reservations and mention that you prefer a more quiet room if you do not want to risk being disturbed at night.
How do I book from China or an other Asian country?
Due to growing numbers of visitors from China and other Asian countries we have established a unique booking system for these groups. Our service includes a complete package consisting of transportation from airport and hotel, festival tickets and hotel accomodation. We also take care of visa and border regulations. Please check this page for all information.
Questions concerning the timetable,workshops, levels and trainers
When is the timetable published?
A preliminary timetable will be published shortly before the start of online booking. We publish trainer names only after everything after teaching and show agreements have been fixed. Many of our trainers have to wait until later in the year and make sure there are no other dates during festival time - this is especially true for the various tournament dancers and television show dancers and judges.
How many workshops are there?
There are approximately 500 workshops and seminars throughout the five days; which means around 90 per day. One workshops runs for 60 minutes; there are breaks of 20 minutes between two workshops and after the third workshop of each day there is a lunch break of one hour and twenty minutes. The final five minutes of every workshop are reserved for recaps; here you can take pictures and videos.
Which workshops should I choose?
We have divided our workhops in five levels, ranging from beginner (no prior knowledge expected) up to level 4 (for teachers, high-class tournament dancers etc.). Please send us a message if you need assistance in finding the right level for your skills.
Who are the trainers?
Most workshops are held by National, European or even World Champions in their respective sections. Most workshops are held in German; workshops held in English are depicted in the timetable.
Questions concerning shows & parties
What happens in the evening?
On the first four festival evenings you can enjoy spectacular shows - and you can dance in eight different dance halls.<br>The after-show party, starting midnight, rounds off this extraordinary experience.
Is there a dress code?
No - experience has proven that most of our visitors prefer more formal clothing during the evening events. We recommend dark jeans or dress pants, dark shoes, shirt and jacket for men and an evening dress for woman.
Due to fire safety measures, you are required to leave coats, bags (except: pocket bags), umbrellas etc. at the cloak room (on site) for the evening events; a fee of 1€ is applied for each garment.
Please note that some routes (both at daytime and in the evening) are either in the open or only party covered - it can get chilly. We advise to carry with you a (training) jacket and / or blazer at all times.
Can I also visit only for the evening events?
Sure. For each of the first four evenings (Sunday no evening event) there will be enough tickets available on site. Choose between regular evening ticket (including the shows) or the late night ticket (excluding the shows; admission from 10.30 p.m., Saturday from 11.30 p.m.). Additional seat tickets are available in combination with each ticket.
I don't have a dance partner - can you help me find one?
We can publish your search request - free of charge - on this website as well as on facebook. Just send a short note to firstname.lastname@example.org; do not forget to state for which day(s), dance(s) and level(s) you are searching a dance partner.
How do I get to the festival?
The Europa-Park is located just next to the highway "Autobahn A5" connecting Karlsruhe and Basel. It has it's own exit, numered 57b ("Rust"). Here you can find detailed directions.
For the evening events: Please drive straight on UNDER the roundabout bridge when passing hotel Colosseo (you will see a large replica of the Roman Colosseum to your right). You will pass another roundabout, continue straight on. Then you will see the (closed) gates of the main parking place and there you keep to the right side of the street; drive toward the large silver roller coaster. At the end of the street turn right over a small bridge; just a few meters past you can turn right agin onto the large parking place. From there it is a three minute walk to the Foyer EP-Dome.
What about food & beverages?
Hotel guests enjoy a gorgeous breakfast buffet. During workshop hours, you can buy snacks at the venue, as well as a large variety of warm meals during the lunch break. In the evening, the hotels offer a wide range of à la carte and menue choices. Beverages both warm and cold can be purchased throughout the opening hours of the festival.
Use the EP-Express or go by car - which is better?
The high train "Ep-Express" connects the two areas of the venue ("EP-Dome" and "Hotel Resort"); it can be used free of charge. The drive is approx. 8-10 minutes, one way. Most often, this lets you change areas during the 20 minute break between workshops. But naturally, sometimes you will see the train departing just as you get to the station. So in order to make sure you do not miss the beginning of the very special workshop you have been waiting for all year, we recommend taking the car - which can be parked (again, free of charge) at the Hotel Resort as well as on the bus parking in front of the "EP-Dome"; a two-minute walk from the entrance. A harsh winter with cold air and freezing temperatures or even ice forming on the tracks prohibits the train from going. In this case, too, the car is the better alternative.
How do I stay updated if there are changes on short notice?
All changes are posted directly to our facebook timeline (www.facebook.com/eurodancefestival) as well as announced at the festival information counters. Our staff is glad to help you anytime if there remain questions (English spoken!).