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(Salsa dancing events for Monday, December 22, 2014)

Rueda and Rhythm

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost:  $14 per class or $30 for a 4-class card
Location:  Oakland
Description:  A two hour-long salsa and rueda class held every Monday night in Oakland with a special focus on Rhythm and Musicality. Classes start at 7:30pm and 8:30pm with four instructors who teach four different levels simultaneously – we offer Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 all at once. Special rhythm and musicality instruction in Oakland: Every hour at Levels 3 and 4 we will be teaching new rhythmic footwork, timing, and movement exercises to raise your rhythmic awareness and improve your connection to the music. Fun con Ritmo!
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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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Salsa With Rebecca

Event Type:  Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $15 drop-in or $50 for 4 week series
Location:  Berkeley
Description:  Beginning and intermediate salsa classes by Rebecca Chehalis Miller every Monday at The Works Exercise and Dance Studio in Berkeley. 4 week progressive series, but drop-ins welcome.
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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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Kizomba Class at City Dance Annex, San Francisco

Event Type:  Beginner & Improver Kizomba Lessons
Cost:  $12 per class
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Kizomba lessons every Monday night taught by Yair & Chalianna at the Dance Annex in San Francisco. Improver lessons are from 8-9pm, and beginner lessons is from 9-10pm, and each class costs $12. Classes cover kizomba musicality, connection, feeling, and steps.
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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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Salsamania Salsa Mondays

Event Type:  Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $12 drop-in (one level), $18 drop-in (both levels), $40 4-week series (one level), $60 4-week series (both levels), $5 social dancing only (after 9 pm)
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Salsa lessons taught by John & Liz of Salsamania Dance Company at the Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland every Monday. There are classes of two difficulty levels, beginner and intermediate, followed by social dancing until 12am where you can practice your new moves.
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Latin Symbolics Salsa On 2

Event Type:  Int/Adv Salsa Lessons On2
Cost:  $14
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Intermediate/advanced dance lessons "On 2" with Latin Symbolics directors Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman.
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Mambo Mondays at Alberto’s

Event Type:  Ladies Styling, Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $10
Location:  Mountain View
Description:  New York style salsa lessons and social dancing at Alberto's Night Club in Mountain View, taught by veteran salsa instructor Victoria Ruskovoloshina. Ladies styling at 8pm, partnering at 9pm, and social dancing at 10pm. Currently on break for the holidays, class will return January 19th, 2015.
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Salsa Gente Salsa Cubana

Event Type:  Cuban Style Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $8 ($4 for students)
Location:  Santa Cruz
Description:  Cuban-style salsa classes for all levels in downtown Santa Cruz every Monday night taught by Salsa Gente. Class covers isolation body moves and partner moves. This is not a Rueda class. All salsa dancers welcome (linear and Casino), no partner necessary.
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SalsaCrazy Mondays

Event Type:  Salsa Lessons, Dance Party
Cost:  $20 for Lessons, $5 Afterwards
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  SalsaCrazy Mondays features beginner & intermediate salsa dancing lessons followed by Dancing at the Neck of the Woods (formerly the Rockit Room) every Monday night in San Francisco. Discounted monthly passes available on their website.
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Salsa With Tomaj

Event Type:  Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $15 drop-in
Location:  Orinda
Description:  Monday night salsa classes in Orinda with Tomaj Trenda.
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Salsa Rueda Mondays

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost:  $5 per 30 min class
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Salsa rueda classes with Karen and Michael taught at the Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland every Monday night. Level II from 8:15pm, Level III from 8:45pm, and Level IV at 9:15pm. For beginner level lessons, see Salsa Rueda Thursdays.
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Salsa With Tianne

Event Type:  Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $15 drop-in, $50 for 4 classes, $80 for 8 classes
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa classes taught by 3-time World Salsa Championships finalist Tianne Frias and Ricardo Tellez at the Metronome in San Francisco. The class starts with a Level 1 beginner class at 7pm, followed by a Level 1.5 class at 8pm, and a Level 3 On2 class at 9pm. No experience necessary for the beginner lesson, discounts available when purchasing as a package.
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World Latin Dance Cup 2014 Results

Posted December 8, 2014 by

2014 World Latin Dance Cup

The World Latin Dance Cup is one of the largest Latin dance competitions in the world, and it’s happening this week in Miami. Every year the competition attracts over 800 competitors from 40 countries, including many from right here in SF Bay Area. Salsa By The Bay will be providing live coverage of the event from Miami– check this page to find out the latest competition results and updates from the 2014 World Latin Dance Cup.
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2014 SF Salsa Congress Happening This Weekend!

Posted November 20, 2014 by Takeshi

2014-sf-salsa-congress

Are you ready for the biggest salsa event of the year? The 2014 SF Salsa Congress is coming to the Bay Area this weekend, starting off with a kickoff party tonight at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center.

If you’ve never been to the SF Salsa Congress before, it is a 4-day long salsa festival held every year at the Oakland Marriott Hotel. The event attracts over 3,000 dancers from around the world for 4 days of non-stop dancing.

The event kicks off on Thursday night with dancing, live music, and performances at the Oakland Marriott. Then the party continues from Friday through Saturday, with dance workshops by professional instructors every day from 10am-4pm, amazing dance shows by some of the best dancers in the world, and social dancing until 4am in the morning every night.

If you love salsa, bachata, and kizomba, this is one event you don’t want to miss! You can find full details about the congress here.

Halloween Salsa Parties 2014

Posted October 22, 2014 by Takeshi

Halloween Salsa Party

I hope you’ve picked up some Halloween salsa costumes, because there are a bunch of Halloween salsa parties coming up in the Bay Area that are going to be hot!

Below is our round-up of 2014 Halloween salsa parties in the Bay Area, from San Francisco and the East Bay, all the way down to San Jose. Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any!
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Cafe Cocomo Closing For Good After This Weekend

Posted September 10, 2014 by Takeshi

Cafe Cocomo Closing Down

We have heard from numerous sources that Cafe Cocomo will be closing down for good after this weekend.

We first reported that Cocomo would be closing back in June, as the location was sold to developers for the construction of new condos. However, the closing date was pushed back multiple times due to permits and other issues, and last we heard that Cocomo might even be open until November.

However, it now appears that this week will officially be the last week for Cocomo, and the building is scheduled to be torn down, bringing an end to one of the most iconic salsa dancing venues in the Bay Area.
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Baila Conmigo Competing Tonight On America’s Got Talent

Posted September 2, 2014 by Takeshi

Baila Conmigo AGT

The salsa dance team Baila Conmigo will be competing tonight in the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent on NBC at 9pm PST.

Baila Conmigo is a Colombian-style salsa team based out of New Jersey, and they have already made it through 3 rounds of the competition, and have made it to the semi-finals along with 23 other acts. 12 winners selected from tonight’s competition will make it through to the Final 12 next week.

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