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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.


San Francisco Bachata Festival

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Festival
Date: Friday July 17th - Sunday July 19th 2015
(pre-party on Wednesday & Thursday night)
Description: The San Francisco Bachata International Festival (SFBIF) is a 3-day long bachata festival held every year in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event is held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame and will feature a weekend of dance lessons, performances, and competitions. The San Francisco Bachata Festival features dozens of professional instructors from around the world teach bachata, kizomba, salsa and more. Workshops start at 10am every morning with top instructors from around the world and dancing continues until 6am every night. There is also a pre-party at Caribbean Gardens across the street from the hotel on Wednesday & Thursday night, for those who want to start dancing earlier. If you love bachata, kizomba, and salsa, this is one Festival you don't want to miss!
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Los Boleros LIVE at RHYTHMIX with Felix Samuel

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, May 15h 2015
Description: Los Boleros playing live at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda. Dance the night away to traditional salsa, cumbia, cha cha, merengue, danzon, son cubano, and bolero. Los Boleros invoke a cross between the spirit of Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana Havana and the Buena Vista Social Club. (more…)
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Sabroso Presents Taste Thursdays

Event Type: Salsa Lesson & Dancing, Live Music
Date: Every Thursday
Description: Sabroso Presents salsa lessons, dancing, and live salsa music at Taste Restaurant Nightclub in Santa Clara every Thursday night. Salsa and bachata lessons at 8:30pm followed by dancing all night long. Doors open 8:30pm, full bar and plenty of free parking.
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Yerba Buena Saints of Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 2nd Saturday of the Month
Description: Yerba Buena Social Club is delighted to launch a NEW MONTHLY SOCIAL on 2ND SATURDAYS at an EXQUISITE NEW VENUE - Saint Gregory of Nyssa in the Potrero neighborhood of San Francisco! A Delicious Octagonal Sprung Hardwood Dance Floor, Dancing Saint Motifs (including MLK, Cesar Chavez and Anne Frank). You get to be in Church first thing on Sunday morning, and still get to sleep in late ;) Coming up from LA for Opening night is none other than the legendary DeeJay JoJo with his dancer's blend of Salsa, Mambo, Guaguanco and more!
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Afinkao 10th Anniversary Dance Showcase

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday May 8th - Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Description: Afinkao Dance Company is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a bang! Join our a 2 day event filled with Grammy winning musicians, amazing Salsa and Bachata DJs, and amazing dance performances. Performers and instructors include World Renowned Salsa dancers Junior and Emily Alabi, America’s Got Talent Jhon Freddy Narvaez and Andrew Cervantes, On2 World Champion Luis Aguilar, One of the best Bay Area Afro Cuban instructors Royland Lobato, the Godfather of Bachata Rodney Aquino, Bachata phenoms Francisco Junior and Kathy Reyes, and many more
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Mambonova Spring Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, March 28th 2015
Description: The annual Mambonova Spring Social, hosted by Mambonvoa Dance Company and Hector Reyes at Dance Boulevard in San Jose. Beginner and Intermediate dance lessons from 8:15pm-9:45pm, with dancing until 1:30am. Special guest, international salsa performer Shani Talmor.
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San Jose Salsa Spring Break Festival

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Festival
Date: Friday, March 20 - Saturday March 21, 2015
Description: Salsa Spring Break Festival hosted at Club Milano in San Jose from March 20-21. Salsa, bachata, and kizomba lessons and workshops from top instructors, shows from international performances, and live salsa music by Herman Olivera and Jimmy Bosch. This will be the last event at Club Milanos so come and celebrate one last time!
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El Toro Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Thursday
Description: "Good Vibrations" hosted at El Toro Night Club offers salsa & bachata lessons and dancing every Thursday night in SF. Every week there is a free beginner salsa lesson taught by Marianna Pristupa, followed by a free bachata lesson taught by Fernando Del Baile, which starts at 8pm. The event is free for the month of February.
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Capone’s Salsa Thursdays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Thursday
Description: Salsa lessons at dancing every Thursday night at Capone's Speakeasy in Alameda. Dance lessons by John Narvaez & Liz Rojas from 8-9:30pm followed by dancing until 12am in the morning. Live bands on some nights. Discount available for students with valid student ID.
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Tomaj’s Latin Fridays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Friday
Description: Levitate Latin Fridays hosted by Tomaj Trenda every Friday night at the Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland. 3 different dance classes taught by Tomaj & Tiffany, Jeffery & Rebecca, Hebert & Mellissa followed by dancing until 1:30am. 3 rooms for dancing, 3+ DJs and live salsa bands. Salsa, bachata, timba, and kizomba. Free parking.
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Latin Social Dance Classes

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Sunday
Description: Social dancing classes for beginners taught by Donald & Elena Webb at the LINES Dance Center in downtown San Francisco. The class offers lessons in popular Latin club dances including bachata, salsa, and cha cha in one place. The class focuses on differentiating common styles of Latin dance music, timing, musicality, footwork and partnerwork. No partner necessary. Monthly packages available.
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Fantasy NYE Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Wednesday, December 31st 2014
Description: A Latin themed New Year's Eve party hosted by Club Roccapulco in San Francisco. Live Salsa, Cumbia, and Reggaeton music all night by Myna y su Sonora Dinamita, Fuego Latino, and Dos Four. Pre-sale tickets available here.
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Clinica Martin Baro’s 9th Annual Salsa Night

Event Type: Salsa Fundraiser, Live Music
Date: Saturday, December 6th 2014
Description: Clínica Martín-Baró is a free clinic ran by San Francisco State Students with a partnership with University of California San Francisco medical students, providing free health care to people with no health insurance. This is our 9th annual fundraising benefit dance, all the benefits from the dance goes to our patients medications and to keep us low cost to our target patients. We run on donations and the dance creates the most revenue for our clinic. The event will consist of an Afro-Cuban ensemble directed by grammy nominee John Calloway among other great live performances.
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Berkeley Underground Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Salsa Social, Live Music
Date: Every Wednesday
Description: UPDATE: The Berkeley Underground is closed until further notice. A legendary, beloved salsa venue (Shattuck Downlow) gets fresh life as the newly renovated Salsa Underground! Dance lessons, new faces, the hottest live concerts and dance party until 2:00am make this perfect spot to go dancing on Wednesday nights. In the heart of downtown Berkeley, with plenty of free street parking and BART access, you can't go wrong on Wednesday nights at the Salsa Underground.
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Levitate Salsa Fridays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Friday
Description: Salsa lessons and dancing every Friday night at Roccapulco night club in San Francisco. Salsa lessons by Tomaj Trenda and Tiffany Wu from 8pm, followed by dancing until 2am to live music and the mixes of DJ EldelaClave & DJ Willie Love. Happy hour from 8pm - 10pm. Free street parking available.
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Conjunto VibraSON at Cha Cha Cha

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social, Live Music
Date: Tuesday, November 11th 2014
Description: Join us for a FREE performance by Conjunto VibraSON during dinner hour at the fun Cha Cha Cha restaurant/bar in the heart of the Mission in SF! Great food/drinks, and VIbraSON plays 7-10pm. There is a small area to dance (or choose an aisle!).
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Club La Maraca Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Friday
Description: Salsa dancing and live music at Club Maraca in downtown San Jose. Grand opening on Friday, October 24th. Salsa lessons at 9pm with Hector Reyes, followed by dancing to the live music of Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad. 2 dance floors, 2 bars, and a VIP area. 21 and over.
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San Francisco Bachata Festival

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, October 31st - Sunday, November 2nd 2014
Description: The San Francisco Bachata International Festival (SFBIF) is a 3-day long bachata festival held every year in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year's event will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame and will feature a weekend of dance lessons, performances, and competitions. The San Francisco Bachata Festival features dozens of professional instructors from around the world teach bachta, kizomba, salsa and more. The Festival is partnering with the SF iSemba Kizomba Festival this year to create one mega dance production. Workshops start at 10am every morning and dancing continues until 6am every night. If you love bachata, kizomba, and salsa, this is one Festival you don't want to miss!
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Hot Bachata Nights Halloween Party

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Lesson, Halloween Dance Party
Date: Sunday, October 26th 2014
Description: A Halloween dance party hosted by Hot Bachata Nights, featuring salsa, bachata, and kizomba lessons, 3 rooms of dancing, dance performances, and a Halloween costume contest with some cool prizes.
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Mambonova Halloween Salsa Party

Event Type: Halloween Salsa & Bachata Social
Date: Saturday, October 25th 2014
Description: A Halloween themed salsa party organized by Mambonova Dance Company. Beginner bachata and salsa lessons, followed by a night of dancing. Two rooms for dancing, with one room for salsa, mambo, and cha cha, and the other for bachata and kizomba. Halloween costume contest with a cash reward for the best costume.
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Salsoween Halloween Salsa Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, October 25th 2014
Description: The annual Salsoween Halloween salsa party at the San Mateo Marriott Hotel, featuring 4 rooms, 4 live bands, 8 Dj's and cash prices for the best costumes. 4 separate rooms for dancing, including a Salsa Room, Bachata & Kizomba Room, South American Room, and Havana Room. Live music by Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor, Christian Pepin y Orquesta Bembé, Don Sonero, Orquesta Bohemia and more. Special dance performance by John & Andrew (featured on America's Got Talent). All ages welcome.
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Salsamania Twilight Halloween Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Sunday, October 26th 2014
Description: A "Twilight" themed Halloween salsa social organized by Salsamania Dance Company. The theme of the evening is "Vampires vs Werewolves", so pick your side! Salsa lessons at 8:15pm followed by a night of dancing and fun. Special dance showcase by Salsamania at 9:30pm followed by a Halloween costume contest.
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Tomaj’s Halloween Salsa Gala

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba Dancing, Halloween Party, Live Music
Date: Friday, October 31st 2014
Description: Tomaj Trenda's annual Halloween Salsa Gala, held at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Bachata and cha cha lessons followed by dancing until 1:30am in the morning. 3 rooms for dancing salsa, bachata, and kizomba with music by DJ EldelaClave, DJ Willie Love, and DJ Mayky. Live music by the Grammy Award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Free food, refreshments, and a party atmosphere. Advance tickets available at www.LiveLatinDance.com.
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Deja Vu Salsa Fridays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 1st & 3rd Friday
Description: Salsa lessons and dancing every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at the Metronome Dance Collective in San Francisco. Salsa lessons by Ricardo Tellez and Tianne Frias at 8pm, followed by dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Free safe parking available for attendees. Event includes free snacks, free water, and dance performances.
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Halloween Masquerade Salsa Gala at Club Milano

Event Type: Halloween Salsa Dancing Party
Date: Friday, October 31st 2014
Description: A Halloween salsa dancing party at Club Milano in downtown San Jose. Salsa lessons by Beto and Noelani da Silva (beginning lesson at 8:30pm, intermediate at 9:15pm) followed by dancing until 2am. Two rooms for dancing salsa and bachata. Live bands, full bar, and a Halloween costume contest. No partner necessary.
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University Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Tuesday
Description: A weekly dance class and social organized by Stanford University students Nick Enge and Melissa Carvell. Beginning salsa lessons followed by intermediate dance lessons in different Latin dance styles. Music for the social is half salsa and the other half a mix of bachata, merengue, cumbia, zouk, kizomba, tango, and more. Come dressed in casual & comfortable attire. Plenty of free parking in the back. No partner necessary, everyone rotates throughout the class. Students under 25 get in for just $8 with student ID.
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LUX Salsa Bachata Saturday

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Saturday
Description: Salsa dancing every Saturday night at the IC Lounge in downtown Sunnyvale. Doors open at 10:30pm and dancing all night to salsa, bachata, chachacha, and merengue, with live music on some nights. Plenty of free parking, drink specials, bottle service, and VIP tables available. Strict dress code enforced.
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Montuno Dance Company Fall Showcase & Social

Event Type: Salsa Lessons, Salsa Social, Performances
Date: Saturday, October 8th 2014
Description: Montuno Dance Company's annual Fall Showcase and social held at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. Salsa lessons by Isidro Corona and Marianela Calonje at 8pm followed by dancing until midnight. Special dance showcase by Montuno Dance Company and all-star Bay Area dance teams. Discounted pre-sale tickets available! Contact montunodanceco@gmail.com for info and tickets pre-sale. All ages welcome. Free for children 6 years and younger.
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San Francisco Salsa Congress 2014

Event Type: Salsa Congress
Date: Thursday, November 20th - Sunday, November 23rd 2014
Description: A four-day salsa extravaganza held in the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. The SF Salsa Congress features four days of workshops, performances, competitions, live music, and more, with dancing until 4 in the morning every night. Sunday night will also host the World Salsa Challenge, a salsa competition featuring some of the best salsa dancers from around the world. This year is the 13-year anniversary of the SF Salsa Congress, and the event will likely be the largest ever, with an expected attendance of more than 8,000 dancers from around the world. The Congress will feature live music from top salsa musicians including Tito Rojas, Conjunto Clasico, and Julio Bravo as well as performances and workshops by top dancers including Eddie Torres and Yamulee! This is one salsa event that is not to be missed!
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Ladies Salsa Styling with Bellydance

Event Type: Belly Dance & Salsa Lesson
Date: Every Wednesday
Description: Sexy, empowering and fun class aimed at women. Held at Studio 1924 in Oakland every Wednesday during lunchtime, the class covers belly dance body and hip work, along with salsa dancing basics, shines and footwork. With fun combinations and calls, add Bellydance into your Salsa dancing in a way that makes you feel sexy and beautiful.
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