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(Salsa dancing events for Tuesday, September 1, 2015)

Lunchtime Salsa at Studio 1924

Event Type:  Salsa Lesson, Lunch
Cost:  $12 w/o lunch, $18 w/lunch
Location:  Oakland
Description:  A 45-minute salsa lesson during lunchtime at Studio 1924 in Oakland. Taught by experienced salsa dancer Garry Johnson. The class is aimed at beginner dancers, but can be tailored to the people who shows up. No partner necessary.
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Hot Zouk Tuesdays, San Francisco

Event Type:  Kizomba Dancing Lesson, Kizomba Social
Cost:  $12 - 1 class + social, $17 - 2 classes + social, $6 - social only
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Zouk Lambada lessons taught every Tuesday night at City Dance Studios in San Francisco. Two levels of zoul lessons from 8:15pm-10:15pm by Nicolas & Susan, followed by dancing until midnight.
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Beginners Salsa Bootcamp

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $15 drop-in or $48 for the month
Location:  San Jose
Description:  Salsa Bootcamp! Beginners and Beyond with Ky Van and Big Bad Mike. Do you have 2 left feet? Are you a total beginner? Do you need to refresh and practice your cool moves? Then this class is perfect for you! Every class starts with a warm up and basic footwork and turns. Call Ky-Van (pronounced key-van). Drop in cost are $15 per class or $48 per month.
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Freestyle Salsa Tuesdays

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $15
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Learn social dancing from the dance worlds of Salsa, Timba, Son, Cha Cha Cha (depending on who shows up) with experienced "freestyle salsa" instructor Garry Johnson. Classes every Tuesday @7:45-8:45 PM at Genesis DanceSport Studio on Clement Street in Inner Richmond (SF). $15 drop-in. Packages available.
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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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Intermediate Salsa Class Top Dance Ballroom

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $15 for one class and $24 for both classes
Location:  San Jose
Description:  Intermediate salsa lessons every Tuesday at Top Dance Ballroom taught by Darwin. Covers salsa turn patterns and footwork. Open to dancers of all ages, no partner necessary.
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ODC Salsa

Event Type:  Salsa Dance Lessons
Cost:  $14 for one class ($1 cash discount)
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  New York style mambo classes by Gabriel Romero, taught at the esteemed Oberlin Dance Collective School of Rhythm and Motion in San Francisco.
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Salsa With Juan

Event Type:  Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson
Cost:  $15
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Beginning and intermediate level salsa lessons taught by Juan Gil in Oakland every Tuesday night.
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Pick School Salsa Lessons

Event Type:  Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $16 drop-in
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa dancing lessons at the Pick School of Ballroom Dancing in San Francisco. Cost is $16 for drop-ins, with discounts available if you purchase multiple weeks at once. First class is free, see the Pick School website for more details.
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Echale Mas Salsa

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $10
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa dancing every Tuesday night at Playa SF (the new home of Cafe Cocomo). Doors open 9pm and dancing all night until 2am, to the rhythms of salsa, mambo, and guaguanco. Music by DJ ELDJX, DJ Orlando, and guest DJs. Plenty of free parking in the area after 7pm.
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Afrocuban Rumba Salsa Classes

Event Type:  Afro Cuban Lessons
Cost:  $13
Location:  Berkeley
Description:  Afro-Cuban Rumba lessons taught by veteran dance instructor Erick Barberia at The Beat in Berkeley, every Tuesday night and Saturday morning. The class explores the the roots of Afro-Cuban dance from Cuban Son, Rumba, and it's heavy African influences all the way to present day Timba, pushing you to improve your body movement and expression.
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Mambo On2 Classes by Mambo Groovin

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $12
Location:  San Carlos
Description:  Weekly Salsa Classes by Mambo Groovin' Latin Dance Theatre are back! Tuesdays 8:30pm - 9:45pm come learn dance technique via cool shines and fun patterns! Instructions by Sandy Chao, Ricardo Penate, and John York! Dedicated to developing dancers and improving quality of movement. Drop-ins welcome and no partner necessary! Multiple instructors and advanced level dance company members will be there to assist students for faster learning with personal feedback.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest This Weekend!

Posted August 6, 2015 by

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The annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is coming this weekend! The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (formerly the San Jose Jazz Festival) is one of the largest music events in San Jose. The event takes over multiple city blocks in downtown San Jose, and features 6 separate stages of music, including a salsa stage!

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

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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.

‘Más Bhangraton’: A New Indian/Fusion Single

Posted July 13, 2015 by Takeshi

Check out the new Indian/Latin fusion release ‘Más Bhangraton’ by local Bay Area dancer and musician, Giju John. The new single, featuring Mixman Shawn, combines the upbeat sounds of Bhangra with the hard hitting rhythms of reggaeton.

Spartan Mambo & Stanford Win At College Salsa Congress

Posted May 4, 2015 by Takeshi

2015 College Salsa Congress Spartan Mambo
Photo by Raul Photography Company

Congratulations to San Jose State University’s Spartan Mambo and Los Salseros de Stanford who competed and won at the 8th Annual College Salsa Congress held in Huntington Beach this past weekend!

SJSU and Stanford placed 1st and 3rd respectively in a competition against college salsa teams from across California, including San Diego State, UCLA, Long Beach, and Cal State Northridge. The two teams also had strong showings at last year’s competition.
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Afinkao 10 Year Anniversary Coming May 8-9th

Posted April 23, 2015 by Takeshi

Afinkao 10 Year Anniversary

Afinkao Dance Company is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year with a two-day long Dance Showcase from Friday May 8th – Saturday May 9th at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville.

The party begins Friday night with a bachata dance intensive with Francisco Junior and Kathy Reyes, followed by an evening of dancing with live music from Somos El Son. The evening also features a Jack & Jill competition where competitors are paired off with a random partner and compete in social dancing.
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