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Salsa Events Going On Today:

(Salsa dancing events for Wednesday, April 16, 2014)

Important: Event times are subject to change. Always double check with the event organizer before making plans.

Wednesdays Con Sabor

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson & Social
Cost:  Free
Location:  Monterey
Description:  Salsa lessons and dancing at the Hacienda Mexican Grill in Salinas every Wednesday night. Dance lessons with DJ Willie followed by a night of dancing to salsa, bachata, cumbia, merrengue, and more. No cover charge.
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Cuban Salsa at Studio 1924

Event Type:  Cuban Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $12 for one class, $17 for 2 classes (on Mondays)
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Cuban salsa lessons every Monday and Wednesday night at Studio 1924 in downtown Oakland with Miguel Vazquez. He is full of energy and can break down fun moves for you within one class. Studio 1924 is a dance studio by day and a dance venue by night, and designed to feel like a friend’s really big living room. There is a casual environment and no partner is necessary. The studio is close to 19th Street BART and there is plenty of free street parking. There is a code to get inside the building. If you do not know the code, please call 510-832-1702. Studio is on the third floor.
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Agenda Lounge

Event Type:  Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Cost:  $5 most nights, $10 with live band
Location:  San Jose
Description:  A Wednesday night salsa dancing spot in downtown San Jose, featuring salsa lessons, dancing until 2 in the morning, and a full bar. Some nights feature a live band and/or performances.
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Lil Baobab

Event Type:  Salsa Club Dancing
Cost:  $5
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  A night of salsa music and dancing at Little Baobab, an intimate bistro and club, around the corner on 19th Street between Mission & Capp Streets
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Salsa Rueda Class

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Class
Cost:  $12
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa Rueda (aka Rueda de Casino) lessons at the Dance Mission Theater in SF taught by veteran instructor Ramon Ramos Alayo. Salsa Rueda is a dance where couples dance in a circle, and was developed in Havana, Cuba. Everyone dances together in a circle, dancing simultaneously to the caller's commands. Experience with Cuban salsa dancing required.
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El Valenciano

Event Type:  Lessons,Social Dancing
Cost:  $12
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  El Valenciano Latin Wednesdays is a weekly salsa social hosted by the Mambo Romero Dance Company in San Francisco, featuring salsa lessons On2 and dancing until 2 in the morning.
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Salsa On Time

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $10
Location:  Hayward
Description:  Salsa dancing lessons every Wednesday night at the ME Restaurant & Lounge in Hayward taught by Hugo Henriquez. Learn fun and challenging salsa patterns On1 and meet new friends and improve your dancing.
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Cuban Salsa Lessons in SF

Event Type:  Cuban Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $12
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Cuban salsa lessons taught at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco every Monday and Wednesday by Ramon Ramos Alayo. In his class, Ramon teaches basic Cuban footwork, style, and musicality as well as complex turn patterns. No partner necessary, wear comfortable clothes.
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Bailamos Salsa Rueda Wednesdays

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost:  $7 General, $5 for Students
Location:  Santa Cruz
Description:  Salsa rueda lessons taught every Wednesday night at the Santa Cruz Portuguese Hall by Bailamos Salsa Rueda, followed by social dancing. Salsa lessons are for beginner, intermediate, and advanced rueda dancers.
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Latin Symbolics Salsa On 1 Wednesdays

Event Type:  Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons On 1
Cost:  $13 One Class, $19 Both Classes (discount cards available)
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Beginner and Intermediate level salsa lessons taught "On 1" with Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman, the directors of the Latin Symbolics. Beginner lessons at 7pm, intermediate at 8:15pm.
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ShBoom Nightclub

Event Type:  Salsa & Bachata Lessons, Dancing
Cost:  $10
Location:  San Ramon
Description:  Latin Nights every Wednesday at the ShBoom Nightclub in San Ramon, featuring salsa and bachata lessons starting at 7pm with weekly guest instructors. Lounge setting, hardwood dance floor & full bar with DJs playing Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia & Reggaton.
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2014 SF Salsa Festival Coming This Weekend!

Posted April 14, 2014 by

SF Salsa Festival Cocomo

Are you ready for one of the biggest salsa events in SF? The 6th Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival is coming up this weekend! The party begins on Saturday night at SF’s premiere salsa venue, Cafe Cocomo, then moves to the Westin Hotel in SF for Friday and Saturday night. The event features performances from world class dancers, workshops and competitions during the day, and dancing to live music every night. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you should get them soon because ticket prices go up at the door.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra Wins Grammy Award

Posted January 26, 2014 by Takeshi

Pacific Mambo Orchestra Grammy 2014

Salsa By The Bay would like to congratulate the Bay Area’s very own Pacific Mambo Orchestra, who won a Grammy award tonight at the 56th Grammy Awards in the Best Tropical Latin Album category!

Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 19-piece Latin Big Band from the San Francisco Bay Area that plays salsa, Latin jazz, mambo, bachata, and bolero. Last year they released their first album, the self-titled “Pacific Mambo Orchestra“.

They were nominated to the Grammy’s for the first time this year in the Best Tropical Latin Album category, along with other top Latin artists such as Marc Anthony, Los Angeles Azules, and Carlos Vives.

Upcoming Auditions This Weekend

Posted January 10, 2014 by Takeshi

Salsamania Dance Company

Is performing on a salsa team one of your New Years Resolutions? Is so, you better get ready, because there are a bunch of auditions coming up this weekend!

First up is the audition for Salsamania Dance Company coming up this Saturday, January 11th at the Just Dance Studio in Oakland. Salsamania is the largest salsa team in the Bay Area and 2-time winners of the World Latin Dance Cup. They will be auditioning for members for their various teams including their On1 team, On2 team, ladies team, over 40 team, and training teams.

You can find more information about the audition on their website.

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World Latin Dance Cup 2013 Photos

Posted December 20, 2013 by Takeshi

2013 World Latin Dance Cup

Congratulations again to all the couples and teams who represented the Bay Area at the World Latin Dance Cup this past weekend! Competitors from the Bay Area competed in the Finals for 14 divisions, and won six 1st place finishes including the Salsa Teams, Same Gender Male, and Pro Am divisions.

The following are some great photos of the Bay Area competitors at the World Latin Dance Cup by the talented Ricardo Tellez. For full competition results, see here.

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World Latin Dance Cup 2013 Results

Posted December 14, 2013 by Takeshi

World Latin Dance Cup 2013 Salsamania

The 4th Annual World Latin Dance cup held from December 10th – December 14th was the largest competition yet, drawing over 800 competitors from 50 countries competing in 32 divisions. The SF Bay Area was well represented at the competition, with over a dozen teams and competitors making it to the Final round of the competitions.

Here are the results from the Finals of the 4th Annual World Latin Dance Cup 2013:

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