The Australian Salsa Open (ASO) is a national competition and is the official and only entry to World Salsa Open in Puerto Rico for Australian and New Zealand dancers, while the Australian Latin Open (ALO) is the first competition in Australia to offer competitors the opportunity to compete for an overall National Championship in the Latin styles of Bachata, Zouk and Cha Cha.

The ASO is affiliated with the Annual Puerto Rico Salsa Congress and World Salsa Open and as such is the only competition to offer Australian representative status to the World Salsa Open. The 2012 competition offers a range of opportunities for all entrants in the styles of Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Cha Cha as well as providing great entertainment for spectators