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Past Events

Below is a listing of past salsa events collected for archival purposes. For a listing of current events in the Bay Area, see our Salsa Events Calendar.


Redwood City Salsa Festival 2014

Event Type: Outdoor Salsa Dancing Festival
Date: Saturday September 27th, 2014
Description: Redwood City is going to be sizzling during its 7th annual Salsa Festival, on Saturday September 27th, 2014. Multiple stages featuring a variety of Latin Music, including Salsa and Jazz, will fire up Redwood City with music and dancing all day long. Plus, this year we’ve expanded our cultural offering with an additional Reggae Stage. Amateur and professional Salsa Chefs will compete for fun, prizes and Salsa Glory, at the mouth watering and exciting Salsa Tasting & Competition, where the public takes part in the judging. Public tasting is from 12-5pm, but come early to be sure to sample the most popular! Along with tasty salsa, local restaurants will also offer their delicious fares throughout the day. The festival features public Tequila Tasting, FREE hands-on art projects, a Children's Play Area complete with bounce houses, and much more. Redwood City's Salsa Festival guarantees a fun-filled day of tongue-tingling salsa, great activities, music, entertainment, dancing, food, beverages, and a wonderful time for the entire family from noon until 8 pm.
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Labor Day Salsa Bachata Kizomba Fling

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Sunday, August 31st 2014
Description: The 2014 Annual Labor Day Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba Fling features 3 rooms to dance, including a huge dance floor. There will be dance shows and special dance workshops, with over an 2 hours of dance lessons. In Salsa Hall from 8pm to 9pm will be "Beginner-Intermediate Salsa." In Kizomba Room, hosted by Joe Gabel, there will be bachata from 8:30pm to 9:15pm and kizomba from 9:15pm to 10pm. Dance party until 1:30am! All ages are welcome! Visit EventBrite for pre-sale tickets.
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Mambonova Social (SJ Jazz Festival After Party)

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, August 9th 2014
Description: An afterparty for the SJ Jazz Festival at Dance Boulevard organized by Hector Reyes and Mambonova Dance Company. Salsa lessons at 8pm, followed by dancing all evening to vinyls. Two rooms for dancing salsa and bachata (both rooms are upstairs). Plenty of free parking.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Event Type: Outdoor Salsa Festival
Date: Friday, August 8 - Sunday, August 10, 2014
Description: The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (formerly known as the “San Jose Jazz Festival”) is the largest outdoor music festival in San Jose. Held every year in downtown San Jose by the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is a massive music event that spans multiple city blocks, and features musicians from around the world playing a wide variety of genres including Jazz, Swing, Blues, and Salsa. The salsa dancing takes place at the Salsa Stage, and is one of the largest outdoor salsa dancing events of the year. The music spans the gamut of salsa genres from Latin Jazz to Salsa Dura and Cuban Salsa. This year’s lineup of salsa musicians include: Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Jimmy Bosch Sextet, Futuro Picante, Edgardo Cambon y su Conjunto LaTiDo, Avance, Conjunto Chappottin y sus Estrellas, Orquesta Con Sabor, Pasion Havanera, Orquesta Borinquen, Jesus Diaz y su QBA and Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad.
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Afinkao Dance Co. Auditions

Event Type: Salsa Dance Audition
Date: Sunday, July 13th & 20th
Description: We are working on a huge 10 year dance production piece for 2015 and we are looking for dancers looking to take their dancing to the next level. We are a salsa dance team that dances ON2 and we practice in Oakland every Sunday from 1pm-4pm. If you are interested in auditioning please send me a private note to reserve a spot. No beginners please, intermediate dancers at a minimum. Here's a sample of our work 2010 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF5m_usnVBs Sample of work 2014 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTnqjhaNYLU
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“For the Love of Dance and Music” Launch Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, July 25th 2014
Description: Launch party for the "For The Love of Dance and Music" Kickstarter project at the Neck of the Woods (formerly The Rockit Room) in San Francisco. This is a special one-time Friday night event featuring salsa and bachata music by DJ 360, performances by The Latin Symbolics, and live music by The Geroge Lacson Project.
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Battle of the Son at Club Milano

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Dance Social, Live Music
Date: Thursday, July 3rd 2014
Description: A special salsa event hosted at Club Milano in San Jose, featuring two live bands: Vibrason and Salson! Dance the night away to the music of these two great Bay Area salsa bands! Complimentary salsa lessons by Michelle Castro and Orlando Felix. Doors open at 9:00pm. PLEASE NOTE: Club Milano will be closed this Friday, July 4th to the public because of a private event. See you on THURSDAY!!
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Thursday Night Salsa Lessons

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Thursday
Description: Salsa lessons with World Salsa Champion Michelle Castro and Orlando Felix at Dance Boulevard in San Jose. Beginner friendly lesson from 7-8pm, followed by an intermediate footwork and partnerwork session from 8-9pm. No partner necessary, and plenty of free parking.
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Alma SF Auditions

Event Type: Dance Team Audition
Date: Saturday, July 28th 2014
Description: Auditions for the Alma SF dance team, choreographed by Sergio and Gaby of Alma Latina, and taught by Isidro Corona and Marianela Calonje of Montuno Dance Company. The audition will be for 2 teams: a performance bachata team and an all-ladies performance team. The auditions are on Saturday, June 28th at KB Fitness in San Jose, with auditions for the ladies team from 5-6pm and the bachata team from 6-7pm. If accepted onto the team, the ladies team will meet every Saturday from 3-5pm, and the bachata team will meet every Saturday from 6-7pm. Cost of the teams is $100/month. Auditions are free. Beginners welcome.
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Montuno Summer Salsa Class

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Monday
Description: A beginner/intermediate On1 salsa technique series taught by Isidro Corona and Marianela Calonje of Montuno Dance Company. Whether you want to learn for fun, perform, or even compete – this is the class for you! Montuno Dance Company guarantees improvement in your dancing and an unforgettable experience with awesome people in a friendly atmosphere. Make friends and learn skills that will last a lifetime! Discounts available with valid student ID.
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Montuno Dance Company Auditions Summer 2014

Event Type: Salsa Dance Team Auditions
Date: Saturday, June 7th 2014
Description: Auditions to join Montuno Dance Company, a salsa dance team based in San Jose. Montuno will be holding auditions for all of their teams, including their Student, Amateur, and Semi-Pro Teams. Auditions will consist of a short warm-up followed by learning a short footwork and styling combination. Dancers will be evaluated on timing, performance ability, styling and ability to learn choreography.
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Fatale Salsa Dance Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Wednesday, June 4th 2014
Description: Part twelve of weekly Wednesday music series, Fatale. We've presented some great Latin bands these past weeks, and now it's time to get into the action, with salsa lessons, a college salsa team showcase, and open dancing on a killer hardwood floor at The Blackbird Tavern Annex. Dance lessons from 8-9pm, performance by Santa Clara University's Salsa Clara, and live salsa music by Latin HEAT!
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SalsaCrazy Daytime Barbecue

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, May 31st 2014
Description: A daytime dance party at Cafe Cocomo celebrating the 20th year anniversary of SalsaCrazy. Includes barbecue and good music on the outdoor patio of Cafe Cocomo. A good way to relax with friends during the daytime and prepare for the big event in the evening.
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Salsa Workshop with David & Jennifer Stein

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson On2
Date: Sunday, June 29th 2014
Description: Special workshop by David and Jennifer Stein, the directors of Majesty in Motion, one of the top On2 Salsa dance companies in San Diego. Mambonova Dance Company is also having auditions the same day, call for more info.
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Tumbao Fridays

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Lesson, Dance Social, Live Music
Date: Every Friday
Description: "Tumbao" is a salsa & bachata dance party held at Cesar's Latin Palace, a high ceilinged warehouse-style location with a fabulous hardwood dance floor in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood. The even features beginner friendly salsa and bachata lessons followed by dancing all night to live salsa music and DJs. The venue is close to 280 and 101 exits with oodles of free parking.
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Bay Area Summer Mega Dance Festival

Event Type: Bachata, Kizomba, & Salsa Festival
Date: July 25-27, 2014
Description: The 1st Bay Area Summer Mega Dance Festival, hosted by Allegro Ballroom and Rodchata. Three days of dance lessons, performances, and dancing until 3am every night. Dance instruction from top kizomba, bachata, and salsa instructors from around the world. 3 rooms for dancing, featuring salsa, bachata, and kizomba to live music and DJs. See the event website for full schedule and details.
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Montuno Dance Co. Spring Showcase and Social

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Dance Performances, Social Dancing
Date: Friday, May 30th 2014
Description: Montuno Dance Company's annual Spring Dance Showcase, featuring some of the best performers and DJs in the Bay Area. Performances by ALL of Montuno Dance company's Dance Teams and special performances by all star Bay Are dance teams. Time: 7:45pm doors open. 8pm Salsa Lesson with Director Of MDC Isidro Corona. 9pm - 1 am Social dancing to top Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha-Cha with Best djs in the Bay Area. $15 at the door $12.00 with valid Student I.D. All ages are welcome.
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LIVE: New Swing Sextet

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, June 14th
Description: A special performance by the New Swing Sextet, one of New York's top salsa bands, at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco. Salsa lessons at 8pm, followed by dancing all night. New Swing Sextet will play 2 sets, along with top local DJs playing the hottest salsa, bachata, and cha cha cha.
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Pre-Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, May 3rd 2014
Description: A pre-Cinco de Mayo party at the Blue Fin in Monterey. Dance lessons by DJ Willi followed by dancing to the hottest salsa, bachata, merengue, and cumbia all night. $5 cover, dress to impress.
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Fiesta Havana Sunday Afternoons

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Sunday
Description: Salsa lessons and dancing every Sunday afternoon at the Ivy Room in Albany. Salsa lessons begin at 3pm sharp, followed by dancing from 4-9pm with DJ Eduard, playing the latest Cuban Timba, bachata, reggaeton and more. Also enjoy the weekly drink specials.
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Dia De San Juan with Ismael Miranda

Event Type: Outdoor Music & Dance Festival
Date: Saturday, June 9th 2014
Description: Dia de san Juan is an outdoor music and dance festival organized every year by the Western Region Puerto Rican Council. The event will be held at History Park in San Jose, and brings together members of the Puerto Rican community and other diverse nationalities. This is a family-friendly event featuring authentic Puerto Rican food, drinks, and live music by top salsa musicians such as Ismael Miranda and Victoria Sanabria as well as local talent such as Orquesta Saboricua.
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Club Milano Salsa Fundraiser

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Salsa Social, Performances, Live Music
Date: Friday, April 11th 2014
Description: A special salsa fundraiser local salsa champions JC & Helen at Club Milano in downtown San Jose! Salsa lessons from 9-10pm with 2X World Salsa Champion Grizzly Hidriago from LA and bachata lessons by Kristin La Chinita. Special performances by JC & Helen and reigning World Salsa Champions Salsamania Dance Company. Dancing all night to live salsa music by Orquesta Salsón. Dress to impress!
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Noche de salsa con Mazacote

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social, Live Music
Date: Thursday, April 10th 2014
Description: A night of salsa dancing at La Fogata Club with live salsa music by Mazacote and DJ Antonio spinning the latest salsa, bachata, and more. Lots of free parking behind the restaurant. Noche de salsa con Mazacote, La Fogata Club se encuentra inside Restaurante yet Wah, tenemos suficiente parqueo atras del restaurant. DJ Antonio tambien con nosotros en los intermedios. Los esperamos.
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Salsa at Da Kine Restaurant

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Sunday, March 16th 2014
Description: A special salsa dancing event at Da Kine Island Grill in downtown San Jose. Beginner salsa dancing at 6pm, followed by dancing until midnight. Live Latin Jazz music provided by members of Soulful Obsession. All proceeds go to support the salsa club at San Jose State University.
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Pacific Mambo Orchestra Grammy Gala

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Live Music, Salsa Party
Date: Saturday, March 22nd 2014
Description: A special gala performance by Pacific Mambo Orchestra, officially celebrating their Grammy win at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco! Happy hour from 7-9pm featuring $2 beers, cocktails, and tapas. Beginning dance lessons by Jake Jacobs from 8-9pm. Then live salsa music by Pacific Mambo Orchestra at 10pm. Special dance performances by Couture Dance Alliance, Salsamania, Rica Salsa, and many more.
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Cuban Rose Dance Party

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Salsa Social, Live Music
Date: Saturday, April 12th 2014
Description: Come dance the night away at the Cuban Rose Dance Party, Berkeley Rose School's second annual fundraiser! The event features the live hot Cuban band Fito Reinoso y sus Clasicos de Cuba, DJ Kodiak Brinks, a salsa lesson at 7:30pm, a silent auction, wine, beer, cocktails, and desserts. 21 and over.
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1 Year Anniversary Party at Monterey Dance

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, February 28th 2014
Description: Join us in Celebrating our 1 year of teaching at Monterey Dance. Thanks to everyone's support, it has and continues to be a great success. Lets Dance!
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Salsa With Tiffany Saturdays

Event Type: Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Date: 1st & 2nd Saturdays every month
Description: Beginning and intermediate salsa lessons taught by Tiffany Wu every first and second Saturday of the month at the Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland. Beginning classes are from 7:30-8:15pm followed by intermediate lessons from 8:15-9pm. Classes are $10 per drop-in.
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Santa Rosa Salsa Festival

Event Type: Salsa Festival
Date: Thursday, February 13th 2014 - Sunday, February 16th 2014
Description: The 4th Annual Santa Rosa Salsa Festival held at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa. The event features live music from top Latin musicians (including Grammy Award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra), dance workshops, performances by Bay Area dance teams, and dancing every night until 2am. Tickets for the event are available from the event website.
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San Francisco Salsa Festival

Event Type: Salsa Festival
Date: Thursday, April 17th - Saturday, April 19th 2014
Description: The 6th Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival is one of the largest salsa events of the year, organized by Salsamania Dance Company. The event is a 3-day extravaganza of dance workshops, performances, live salsa music, and dancing until 2am in the morning. The 2014 SF Salsa Festival will feature all-star salsa instructors and performers from around the world, including World Latin Dance Cup champions Grizzly & Alien, David & Paulina, and Ernesto & Maritza, as well as local Bay Area instructors. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Event Website.
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