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Salsa Events Going On Today:

(Salsa dancing events for Thursday, November 20, 2014)

Featured Events:

Salsa Rueda Thursdays

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost:  $5 per 30 min class
Location:  Berkeley
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.
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Vinnie’s Bar & Grill

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing
Cost:  Free
Location:  Concord
Description:  Salsa dancing and other Latin music at Vinnie's Bar & Grill in Concord, every Thursday night. Free street parking and a full bar.
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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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4Ever Dance Thursdays

Event Type:  Beginning and Intermediate Salsa Lesson, Salsa Dancing
Cost:  $13 lesson only, $15 lesson and open dancing
Location:  Dublin
Description:  Salsa lessons and open dancing every Thursday night, hosted in the East Bay at Dublin's 4 Ever Dance Studio.
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Sultry Salsa Nights

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.
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Salsa/Bachata Thursdays

Event Type:  Dance Lessons, Live Band
Cost:  $10
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.
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Salsa With Juan

Event Type:  Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $15
Location:  Oakland
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.
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Salsa Gente Salsa Rueda

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!
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Kizomba Class & Social at mOOv Studios, Oakland

Event Type:  Kizomba Dancing Lesson, Kizomba Social
Cost:  $12 for lesson, $8 for just social
Location:  Oakland
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)
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Shadow Ultra Lounge Salsa

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lessons & Dancing
Cost:  Free
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Salsa dancing every Thursday night at Shadow Ultra Lounge (formerly Maxwell’s Lounge) in Oakland. Salsa dancing and music in a night club atmosphere. Food and drinks available all night. Private rooms available for birthdays etc.
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Monte Negro Salsa con Timba Party

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $10 for lessons, $5 for the party
Location:  Oakland
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!
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Allegro Beg/Int Lessons

Event Type:  Beginner/Intermediate Salsa Lesson
Cost:  $8 Members, $12 Non-Members
Location:  Emeryville
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.
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2014 SF Salsa Congress Happening This Weekend!

Posted November 20, 2014 by

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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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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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