Salsa Events Going On Today:
(Salsa dancing events for Thursday, September 18, 2014)
Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Location: San Francisco
Description: On2 salsa lessons taught every Thursday by 2-time World Champion Luis Aguilar at DSG Dance Studios in San Francisco. The focus of the class is on building strong social dancing technique, covering both footwork and partnerwork. Classes are aimed at a beginner/intermediate level. Dancers should come in comfortable workout clothes and dance shoes. No street shoes allowed, no exceptions. Free street parking available nearby.
Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $12 for lessons/ $10 party only, $2 off w/ student ID
Description: Salsa lessons and dancing every Thursday night at Ballroom & Beyond dance studio in Hayward. Salsa lessons with Antonio Miguel from 7-9pm, followed by social dancing until 1am in the morning. No partner necessary and all ages welcome. $2 off with student ID.
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.
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.
Event Type: Kizomba Dancing Lesson, Kizomba Social
Cost: $12 for lesson, $8 for just social
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)
Event Type: Dance Lessons, Live Band
Location: San Rafael
Description: Dance lessons with Jose "JAS" Santamaria followed by dancing; live bands every last Thursday of the month and Salsa Y Sabor every 2nd Thursday with DJ Medina.
Event Type: Salsa Lessons
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.
Event Type: Beginning and Intermediate Salsa Lesson, Salsa Dancing
Cost: $13 lesson only, $15 lesson and open dancing
Description: Salsa lessons and open dancing every Thursday night, hosted in the East Bay at Dublin's 4 Ever Dance Studio.
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!
Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost: $12 per class, $20 for both
Location: San Jose
Description: Salsa lessons with World Salsa Champion Michelle Castro and Orlando Felix at Dance Boulevard in San Jose. Beginner friendly lesson from 7-8pm, followed by an intermediate footwork and partnerwork session from 8-9pm. No partner necessary, and plenty of free parking.
Event Type: Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost: $5 per 30 min class
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.
Event Type: Beginner/Intermediate Salsa Lesson
Cost: $8 Members, $12 Non-Members
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.
Event Type: Salsa Dancing
Description: Salsa dancing and other Latin music at Vinnie's Bar & Grill in Concord, every Thursday night. Free street parking and a full bar.
Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $10 for lessons, $5 for the party
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. Free lessons will be coming soon in March!
For even more salsa events, check out our Salsa Calendar.
Posted September 10, 2014 by Takeshi
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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Posted September 2, 2014 by Takeshi
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.
Posted August 20, 2014 by Takeshi
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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Posted August 19, 2014 by Takeshi
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!
Posted August 5, 2014 by Takeshi
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…