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Salsa Events Going On Today:

(Salsa dancing events for Tuesday, July 22, 2014)

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

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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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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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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Salsa & Bachata Lessons Monterey

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $5 per lesson
Location:  Monterey
Description:  Beginner salsa and bachata lessons taught every Tuesday night at the Monterey Dance studio by DJ Willi. Classes are beginner friendly, and no partner is necessary. Classes are $5 per lesson.
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Salsa Lessons at Elite Ballroom

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $12 general, $10 for students
Location:  San Jose
Description:  Beginner salsa dance lessons held at the Elite Ballroom in downtown San Jose. Lessons taught by World Latin Dance Cup champions Helen Vazquez & JC Camarena. All ages welcome and discounts for students. No partner needed.
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Salsa Dance Class in Concord

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $10 per class when 5 classes are booked
Location:  Concord
Description:  Enrollment required: Guarantee Fun or Money Back. Each class starts with a review of the basics and moves on to a new intermediate level dance pattern. Come and learn intermediate salsa dance patterns like the Frisbee free turn, the butterfly, hammerlock, cradle, double turns, salsa shines (where you dance apart from your partner) and more. As a bonus learn sexy Cuban hip motion, not usually taught in group classes! Review salsa steps with a salsa app for iPhone and Android created by the instructor.
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Salsa With Tomaj

Event Type:  Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced Salsa Lessons.
Cost:  $15 drop-in
Location:  Hayward
Description:  Tuesday night salsa classes in Hayward taught by Tomaj Trenda.
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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 & Ruth Caspary in Oakland every Tuesday night.
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Beginners Salsa On2 Lessons

Event Type:  Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons On 2
Cost:  $14 one class or $20 for both classes
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Beginner and intermediate salsa lessons On2 taught every Tuesday night by Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman, at the Symbolic Dance & Fitness Studio in San Francisco. Beginner lessons at 8pm, intermediate at 9pm.
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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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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 Tuesday

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $12
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa dancing every Tuesday night at the historic Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm, followed by On2 salsa lessons from 9:30pm. Live salsa music by Montuno Swing and the hottest salsa dura, mambo, and bachata tracks by DJ Eldelclave and DJ Good Sho. Every 3rd Tuesday is WEPA Tuesdays. Formerly known as "Descarga SF".
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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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Bay Area Summer Mega Dance Festival Happening Next Week

Posted July 16, 2014 by

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.

Cafe Cocomo Closing Pushed Back To August

Posted July 16, 2014 by Takeshi

Cafe Cocomo Not Dead Yet

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.

Cafe Cocomo is one of the most historic salsa venues in the Bay Area, known for its weekly live music salsa events. Earlier this year it was announced that Cafe Cocomo had been sold, and the historic venue will eventually be closed and torn down to be replaced by condos for housing-starved San Francisco residents. However, the exact date looks like it is still up in the air.
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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.

We’re On Mobile!

Posted June 22, 2014 by Takeshi

Salsa By The Bay Mobile

We know many of you access Salsa By The Bay on-the-go, which is why we’ve been working around the clock to create a mobile-friendly version of our site. Today we’d like to announce that the mobile site is finally complete!

We’ve completely re-designed the site from the ground up to be mobile friendly, from our homepage and calendar to our profiles and guides. Just visit the site on your mobile phone to check out the new design! And if you have any comments or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Cafe Cocomo Not Closing… Yet

Posted June 16, 2014 by Takeshi


Earlier this month we reported that Cafe Cocomo is closing in June. However, this no longer appears to be the case. The management of Cocomo has negotiated with the new landlords, and Cafe Cocomo will remain open until at least July 25th.

The exact final date for Cocomo has not been announced yet, but the venue is still expected to close within the next month or two because the property has already been sold, and will be demolished soon to make way for new condo units.

A number of salsa promoters have already jumped the gun, and there are several new salsa events coming up this month in SF including Salsa Buena Thursdays and Tumbao Fridays.

We are still planning on releasing our retrospective piece on the history of Cafe Cocomo, one of the Bay Area’s most historic salsa venues, sometime in mid-July. If you have any memories or photos of Cocomo you would like to share, please send them to us at

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