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Overview:

A weekly, all-ages salsa social at Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Starts with beginner and intermediate salsa lessons taught by Garry & Isabelle followed by a night of dancing in a spacious ballroom setting. Features salsa, bachata, and timba music.

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Event: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Social Dancing Salsa Dancers
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 6-7pm Beginner Lesson, 7-8pm Intermediate Lesson, 8pm-1:30am Dance Social
Cost: $8 Social, $12 w/ Lesson
Instructors: Garry Johnson & Isabelle Rodrigues
Address: Allegro Ballroom
5855 Christie Avenue
Emeryville, CA
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Contact: (510) 655-2888 ‎
www.allegroballroom.com
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Finally got to check Allegros out, and wow, this place gets packed! This definitely one of the biggest salsa socials in the Bay Area!

Allgeros has a very large dance studio, with one large room for salsa and chacha, with a smaller room on the side for bachateros. A lot of the dancers here dance Cuban-style salsa, so if you dance a different style, it can take some getting used to. Parking is plentiful if you come early, but the lot does get full during prime time.

Really loved the social here, the only thing I would say is that I felt the intermediate salsa lesson was pretty basic compared to what you might learn at somewhere like Hot Salsa Friday. However, overall a great social, and one of the best places to go dancing on Sundays.

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Allegro is the very first place I ever went salsa dancing, and I've still got a lot of love for this giant and popular venue. Allegro is a ballroom with an enormous dance floor that gets absolutely packed on Sundays with a fun and really diverse crowed. It's an all ages event and pretty close to several universities so it's one of the few venues that has a bigger representation from the younger crowd.

Allegros is also unique in that its one of the few (the only?) venues in the bay area that specifically play timba and cuban style music. As a result you have lots of amazing cuban style dancers and a very different vibe from a mambo club.

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User Reviews:


Jul 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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This was and still is my favorite Sunday night dance space….and I think this is a great place for On1 and cuban-style dancers. But there is so much Timba and so few on2 dancers, its been hard lately to get excited about it. I wish they would make one of the rooms a “mambo” room!

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Jun 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

2 people found this review helpful
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Awesome place! Good lessons, spacious separate bachata and salsa rooms, good DJ, nice mix of dancers of all ages, with more advanced and intermediate dancers then beginners. Very busy on Sunday nights, and they have a whole water station room. Lots of free parking!

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Oct 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm

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A lot of timba and not too many good dancers and rarely to see dancers on2. Heard people complaining for a while about too much timba all night long,I think this place has been dying for the last years because they don’t play what many other people like too.

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Mar 9, 2014 at 9:18 pm

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I can’t really say enough good things about Salsa Sunday Night at Allegro Ballroom. On a Sunday night, there’s not a better place in the Bay Area than here to get your fix of Salsa addiction. I really love the spacious floor space and facilities there. For $12 entry, you can get a beginning and intermediate lesson and admission to the dance party afterwards. You can’t get more bang for your buck except for the lack of a live band.

Garry and Isabelle make a fantastic teaching pair. Garry’s humor is really quirky and funny and they both play off each other so wonderfully. They both have zero egos and never take themselves seriously. You can tell that they really do love their jobs.

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Feb 23, 2014 at 11:09 pm

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“I love this space but I have noticed a decline in the dance skills of late. advanced dancers are not going here as much. It is packed with beginners from the beginning of the night to the end.”

This is obviously a dance snob that thinks she’s too good too dance with just anyone. Salsa is a SOCIAL dance with people can meet and mingle. The humanity aspect of dancing is that everybody and everyone should learn how to dance. It’s like “buying the world a Coke and keeping it company”– the world would be a better and happier place. Does this person even remember being a newbie at one time and how hard and awkward it was to learn the basic moves? What is worse is some dance snob like this would scoff at helping a newbie out because it would distract from her own self-gratifying pleasure. Yes, do the dance community a favor and avoid coming to Allegro Sunday Night and find a dance partner that can keep up you.

Garry Johnson and Isabelle throw a fantastic program here. Yes, there is a beginning class and an intermediate class which pollute the dance floor with mediocrity. So if you are an advance dance snob please avoid this place– dancing here requires too much humanity and empathy for you.

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Mar 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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Earlier today I posted a message stating that Allegro Sunday Night Salsa Party was cancelled. This came to me from the Facebook Team. Now I see postings stating the exact opposite. PLEASE DISREGARD any comments relating to the cancellation until the news is confirmed. My apologies for posting misleading information.

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Mar 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

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Well…it’s official…. Allegro Ballroom has CANCELLED the Sunday Night Salsa Party. I received the email notification this morning. Not sure what caused the demise of this great Sunday night tradition but the rumors point toward the DJ’s obsession with Timba. The crowd, which at one time was HUGE, eventually said, “Enough is enough”. That’s sad.

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Mar 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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The instructors here are the best in the Bay Area. Lots of room. Free water. Free parking. Good dancers of all types and styles. However, like many other places around the bay, the music pendulum remains stationary on either side of both extremes for long periods of time. Not good. A nice mix of both extremes would go a long way for a better dancer experience.

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Aug 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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My only complaint with Allegro is “too much Timba”. I love Cuban music and consider my dance style more Cuban than On1, but the Timba gets too repetitious. I’ve notice the DJ plays a bit more Mambo and Salsa Dura in the first hour… but eventually he will shift to heavier Timba by 10pm. Not to say it’s bad…but rather a matter of preference. The dancers on the other hand love it. So many wonderful dancers at these socials makes for an enjoyable evening. This is THE PLACE to be on Sunday nights.

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Sep 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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Allegro’s variety in music is improving. Great Sunday night spot for dancing!!!

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Nov 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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I love it.. It’s the best salsa place in the Bay Area.

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Feb 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

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I love this space but I have noticed a decline in the dance skills of late. advanced dancers are not going here as much. It is packed with beginners from the beginning of the night to the end. It is mostly and older crowd with a few college students thrown in. There are no on 2 dancers here at all. It does have lots of parking even if the lot is full there are many side streets to use. Probably the best thing to do is go with someone you like dancing with incase there are not many people who can dance well.

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Aug 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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I love many things about Allegros and my biggest complaint has been too much timba BUT after years of people complaining they are changing it to a better balance. The bachata/merengue room is great and there is often a kizomba room going as well. The crowd is a total mix of ages, dance skills and kinds of people. Parking is always possible except when they have the 3rd Sat live salsa event, then go early or park at shopping center across the street!

The floor is the best around, spring loaded wood floor, always clean.. Nice new lighting and tables and chairs around the dance floor, big mirror and plenty of room even though there are always hundreds of dancers each Sunday. Where can you have so much fun for only $8 for the social dance or $12 with 2 hour lesson!! Isabelle is one of the best Bay Area instructors and dancers!!

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