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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.

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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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
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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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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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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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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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Kizomba, Bachata, Salsa Pleasant Hill

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Lessons
Date: Every 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Saturday
Description: Kizomba, bachata, and salsa lessons taught every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturday of the month at Studio 925 in Pleasant Hill. Classes are $10 per lesson, or $25 for all three. Every 1st Saturday of the month is a monthly social dance featuring dancing until 1:30am.
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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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Tomaj’s 2nd Fridays Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Party

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba Party
Date: Every 2nd Friday
Description: Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba party held every 2nd Friday of the month, organized by Tomaj Trenda, at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Featuring Live Salsa Bands, 3 Rooms of Dancing, 3 Classes and 3 DJ's: Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba! Classes followed by dancing to live music until 1:30am. Free food and refreshments included. Advance tickets are available on the event website.
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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 - Sample of work 2014 -
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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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