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(Salsa dancing events for Monday, October 5, 2015)

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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Salsa With Tianne

Event Type:  Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $15 drop-in, $50 for 4 classes, $80 for 8 classes
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa classes taught by 3-time World Salsa Championships finalist Tianne Frias and Ricardo Tellez at the Metronome in San Francisco. The class starts with a Level 1 beginner class at 7pm, followed by a Level 1.5 class at 8pm, and a Level 3 On2 class at 9pm. No experience necessary for the beginner lesson, discounts available when purchasing as a package.
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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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Mambo Mondays at Alberto’s

Event Type:  Ladies Styling, Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $10
Location:  Mountain View
Description:  New York style salsa lessons and social dancing at Alberto's Night Club in Mountain View, taught by veteran salsa instructor Victoria Ruskovoloshina. Ladies styling at 8pm, partnering at 9pm, and social dancing at 10pm. Currently on break for the holidays, class will return January 19th, 2015.
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Cuban Salsa at Studio 1924

Event Type:  Cuban Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $12 for one class, $17 for back-to-back classes
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Cuban salsa lessons every Monday and Wednesday night at Studio 1924 in downtown Oakland with Miguel Vazquez. Beginners lessons are from 7:30-8:30pm, followed by intermediate lessons at 8:30-9:30pm. 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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Kizomba Class at City Dance Annex, San Francisco

Event Type:  Beginner Kizomba Lessons
Cost:  $15 or $60 for package of 5 classes
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Kizomba lessons taught through Semba music every Monday night by Yair & Chalianna at the Dance Annex in San Francisco. Semba from 8:30pm-9:30pm, followed by practice from 9:30pm-10:00pm . Classes cover kizomba musicality, connection, feeling, and steps.
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Salsa With Rebecca

Event Type:  Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $15 drop-in or $50 for 4 week series
Location:  Berkeley
Description:  Beginning and intermediate salsa classes by Rebecca Chehalis Miller every Monday at The Works Exercise and Dance Studio in Berkeley. 4 week progressive series, but drop-ins welcome.
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Salsa Gente Salsa Cubana

Event Type:  Cuban Style Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $8 ($4 for students)
Location:  Santa Cruz
Description:  Cuban-style salsa dancing every Monday night at Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz. Fun energetic and vibrant moves, technique & style featuring latest music from Cuba. (more…)
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Salsa Rueda Mondays

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost:  $5 per 30 min class
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Salsa rueda classes with Karen and Michael taught at the Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland every Monday night. Level II from 8:15pm, Level III from 8:45pm, and Level IV at 9:15pm. For beginner level lessons, see Salsa Rueda Thursdays.
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Salsa With Tomaj

Event Type:  Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $15 drop-in
Location:  Orinda
Description:  Monday night salsa classes in Orinda with Tomaj Trenda.
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Rueda and Rhythm

Event Type:  Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost:  $14 per class or $30 for a 4-class card
Location:  Oakland
Description:  A two hour-long salsa and rueda class held every Monday night in Oakland with a special focus on Rhythm and Musicality. Classes start at 7:30pm and 8:30pm with four instructors who teach four different levels simultaneously – we offer Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 all at once. Special rhythm and musicality instruction in Oakland: Every hour at Levels 3 and 4 we will be teaching new rhythmic footwork, timing, and movement exercises to raise your rhythmic awareness and improve your connection to the music. Fun con Ritmo!
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Salsamania Salsa Mondays

Event Type:  Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Cost:  $12 drop-in (one level), $18 drop-in (both levels), $40 4-week series (one level), $60 4-week series (both levels), $5 social dancing only (after 9 pm)
Location:  Oakland
Description:  Salsa lessons taught by John & Liz of Salsamania Dance Company at the Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland every Monday. There are classes of two difficulty levels, beginner and intermediate, followed by open floor practice so you can practice your new moves.
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SalsaCrazy Mondays

Event Type:  Salsa Lessons, Dance Party
Cost:  $20 for Lessons, $5 Afterwards
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  SalsaCrazy Mondays features beginner & intermediate salsa dancing lessons followed by Dancing at the Neck of the Woods (formerly the Rockit Room) every Monday night in San Francisco. Beginner friendly atmosphere, no partner necessary. Free street parking available nearby.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest This Weekend!

Posted August 6, 2015 by Takeshi

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest - Salsa

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


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
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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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