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Salsa Events Going On Today:

(Salsa dancing events for Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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:  $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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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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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 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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Posted July 22, 2014 by

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UPDATE: We have confirmation that John & Andrew will be performing TONIGHT (Tuesday).

Local Bay Area salsa dancers John Narvaez & Andrew Cervantes will return to the small screen this week for another episode of America’s Got Talent! The couple last appeared on AGT back in June, when they wowed the judges with their salsa dancing routine and made it through the audition rounds.
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Posted July 16, 2014 by Takeshi

Bay Area Summer Mega Dance Festival

The 1st annual Bay Area Summer Mega Dance Festival is coming up next Friday. The Festival is a 3-day event hosted at Allegro Ballroom in Emerybille, featuring lessons & workshops with professional instructors during the day and performances & dancing in the evening.

The event will feature a mix of Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba. The event is organized by Rodney “Rodchata” Aquino, the organizer of the popular SF Bachata Festival, and is sure to be one of the biggest Latin dance events in the Bay Area this summer! Check out the event schedule for full details about the event.

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Posted July 16, 2014 by Takeshi

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Last month we reported that the closing date of Cafe Cocomo was pushed back from the end of June to the end of July. Today we have received word that Cafe Cocomo will now be open until the end of August, and possibly later.

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Free Kids Salsa Workshop This Weekend

Posted June 27, 2014 by Takeshi

Montuno Stars Salsa Team Kids

Does your child love to dance? Do they want to become a salsa dancing star? If so, Montuno Dance Company is holding a free salsa & bachata workshop this Sunday for children and teens!

The workshop will be held at K.B. Fitness in San Jose 1pm – 2:30pm. The workshop is free and open to all children between the ages 5-17. Attendees should come dressed in active wear (no jeans or dresses) and should bring socks or jazz shoes if they have them. Your kids will learn basic Latin dance technique, and will learn a fun combination to take home!

For more information please contact Marianela Calonje at or on their Facebook page.

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Posted June 22, 2014 by Takeshi

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