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(Salsa dancing events for Wednesday, October 22, 2014)

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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Bachatalicious

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $10 Cover ($5 after 9pm), Ladies Free Before 8pm
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  A bachata and salsa dancing social held at PlayaSF (formerly The Parlor SF) on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Salsa lessons at 7pm, bachata lessons at 8pm, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Ladies free before 8pm.
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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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Bissap Baobab

Event Type:  Salsa/Timba Dancing
Cost:  $5
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  A Wednesday night Timba salsa party at Bissap Baobab in San Francisco. $5 cover, and dancing until 1:45am.
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Latin Symbolics Salsa On 1 Wednesdays

Event Type:  Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons On 1
Cost:  $14 one class or $20 both classes
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 7:30pm, intermediate at 8:30pm.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ladies Salsa Styling with Bellydance

Event Type:  Belly Dance & Salsa Lesson
Cost:  $12, $18 with lunch
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Sexy, empowering and fun class aimed at women. Held at Studio 1924 in Oakland every Wednesday during lunchtime, the class covers belly dance body and hip work, along with salsa dancing basics, shines and footwork. With fun combinations and calls, add Bellydance into your Salsa dancing in a way that makes you feel sexy and beautiful.
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Cafe Cocomo Closing For Good After This Weekend

Posted September 10, 2014 by

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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Cafe Cocomo To Remain Open Until At Least November

Posted August 20, 2014 by Takeshi

Cafe Cocomo The Energizer Bunny

UPDATE: The latest word is that Cocomo will be closing after Sunday, September 14th.

Surprise surprise! Cafe Cocomo, one of the Bay Area’s most iconic salsa dancing venues, has just announced that they will not be closing until November (at least).

Cafe Cocomo first announced that they would be closing back in May, when the property was sold to developers to make way for condos. Since then, the closing date has been pushed back multiple times, and now the latest news is that Cocomo will be open until at least November.
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New Kizomba Events Calendar

Posted August 19, 2014 by Takeshi

Kizomba Dancers

Do you dance Kizomba? Kizomba is a sensual dance from Angola that is gaining in popularity in the Bay Area and around the world. Although not technically a Latin dance, kizomba music is often played at events that play salsa and bachata, and there are a number of festivals in the Bay Area just for kizomba!

Due to the growing popularity of this dance, we have created a new Kizomba Events Calendar where you can find a list of all kizomba lessons and events in the Bay Area! Although it’s not salsa, it’s a great dance to add to your dance repertoire. As always, let us know if we missed any events!

Vote for John & Andrew on America’s Got Talent!

Posted August 5, 2014 by Takeshi

John & Andrew America's Got Talent

UPDATE: John & Andrew did not make it to the semifinals, but they had a great performance (see below). Thanks to everyone who voted!

Voting for this week’s episode of “America’s Got Talent” featuring Bay Area salsa dancers John and Andrew opens up at 7:55pm tonight and continues until 9am on Wednesday. The top 5 contestants with the most votes will move onto the next round.

There are 3 different ways you can vote, and you can vote 10 times using each method, for a total of 30 votes per person. Here’s what you need to know to vote: Continue reading post…

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