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(Salsa dancing events for Thursday, October 8, 2015)

4Ever Dance Thursdays

Event Type:  Beginning and Intermediate Salsa Lesson, Salsa Dancing
Cost:  $13 lesson only, $15 lesson and open dancing
Location:  Dublin
Description:  Salsa lessons and open dancing every Thursday night, hosted in the East Bay at Dublin's 4 Ever Dance Studio.
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Salsa Rueda Thursdays

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost:  $5 per 30 min class
Location:  Berkeley
Description:  Beginner salsa rueda classes with Karen and Michael every Thursday at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Classes from 7-9pm, progress from Intro to Salsa Rueda to Rueda Level I & II. Back Studio is in the back of the ground floor at Ashkenaz, behind the main room. If the side door is locked, enter in the main entrance and tell the staff you are here for the salsa class in the back studio. Or ring buzzer at side door and we will buzz open the door.
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Albertos Salsa

Event Type:  Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Cost:  $10 ($7 student, $15 band nights)
Location:  Mountain View
Description:  A cool bar & lounge located in Mountain View with a great instructor and chill atmosphere. Plenty of seating, a full bar, and live bands of Friday nights. Music is a mix of salsa and bachata, with a sprinkling of cha cha and merrengue.
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Allegro Beg/Int Lessons

Event Type:  Beginner/Intermediate Salsa Lesson
Cost:  $8 Members, $12 Non-Members
Location:  Emeryville
Description:  Thursday night salsa lessons with veteran salsa instructor Garry at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Focuses on intermediate patterns and partnering. Extra practice time is available after the lesson for an additional $5.
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Salsaholic Thursdays at El Valenciano

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $10 ($5 w/flyer or student ID before 9pm)
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa lessons and dancing every Thursday night at the El Valenciano Restaurant & Bar in San Francisco. LA style salsa lesson at 8:30pm, followed by dancing in a fun and casual atmosphere. No partner or experience necessary. New drink special every week. $5 discount with flyer or with student ID before 9pm.
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Salsa With Juan

Event Type:  Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $15
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Beginners, pre-intermediate, "bridge", and pre-advanced salsa lessons held every Thursday in Oakland taught by Salsa With Juan. The studio is open for salsa and bachata practice from 9-10pm, with DJ music. Free with paid class that evening or $5 drop in.
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Monte Negro Salsa con Timba Party

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $10 for lessons, $5 for the party
Location:  Oakland
Description:  A salsa and Timba party every Thursday night at the Shashamane Bar & Grill, hosted by DJ JuanLove. Monte Negro is a fun atmosphere, where you can relax, enjoy a great cocktail and tear up the dance floor to the best Timba, Salsa Dura, Regaeton, Bachata, and Cumbia. Salsa Rueda dance class with Sean Foster from 8pm.
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Sultry Salsa Nights

Event Type:  Beginning/Intermediate Salsa Lesson, Social Dancing
Cost:  $15 for 1 class, $20 for 2 classes
Location:  Santa Rosa
Description:  Salsa lessons and dancing every Thursday night at the Society: Culture House in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 6pm for food and cocktails, dance lessons begin at 7pm, and dancing continues until 10:30 in the evening. Salsa lessons by Irene Silva and Jesus Cruz of Santa Rosa Salsa. No partner or experience necessary.
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Vinnie’s Bar & Grill

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing
Cost:  Free
Location:  Concord
Description:  Salsa dancing and other Latin music at Vinnie's Bar & Grill in Concord, every Thursday night. Free street parking and a full bar.
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Kizomba Class & Social at mOOv Studios, Oakland

Event Type:  Kizomba Dancing Lesson, Kizomba Social
Cost:  $12 for lesson, $8 for just social
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Kizomba classes and dancing every Thursday night at mOOv in 1924 Studios in Oakland. Beginner and improvers kizomba lessons taught by Nika & Emile 8-10pm, followed by social dancing. The event is $12 for the lessons or $8 for just dancing. Free street parking available nearby. Entry code: 2419 (on doorknob keypad)
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Salsa Gente Salsa Rueda

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Class
Cost:  $8 ($4 for students)
Location:  Santa Cruz
Description:  Salsa Rueda classes every Thursday night at the Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz. Two classes at the same time: into/beginner and beginner/intermediate. No partner required, and half off for students!
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The event kicks off on Friday afternoon, and continues for the rest of the weekend, with music and dancing all-day on Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the top outdoor dancing events of the year, and is not to be missed!

Also, if that’s not enough dancing, be sure to check out the Salsa After Party hosted at the Agenda Lounge in downtown San Jose, with dancing every night (Friday to Sunday) after 9pm.

SF Bachata Festival Coming This Weekend!

Posted July 14, 2015 by Takeshi


Are you ready for the biggest Bachata event of the year? The annual SF Bachata Festival is coming this weekend! The party kicks off on Wednesday and Thursday night with pre-parties at Caribbean Gardens in Burlingame, followed by a weekend of non-stop dance workshops, performances, live music and dancing until 6am every morning.

This event isn’t just for bachata-lovers either, the SF Bachata Festival also features rooms for dancing kizomba, zouk, and salsa as well. This is one of the best dance festivals of the summer, and one event you don’t want to miss!

More info on the SF Bachata Festival website.

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