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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.


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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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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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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Dance Party with Pallejo Seco

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, December 27th 2013
Description: A night of live music and dancing at the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley. Cuban salsa lessons with Karen & Michael at 8:30pm, followed by live music and dancing with Pallejo Seco, a Berkeley-based Cuban jazz band.
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Grizzly Hidriago Salsa Workshop

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Workshop
Date: Friday, December 6th 2013
Description: A 3-hour salsa workshop taught by 2-time Salsa World Champion Grizzly Hidriago. The first hour will focus on basics & technique, the second hour will cover intermediate level footwork and turn patterns, and the last hour will cover advanced turn patterns, footwork, and improvisation. The cost of the workshop is $10 per session, and will be held at the CPAA Arts Center in San Jose.
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SalsaCrazy Monday 5 Year Anniversary Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Monday, December 9th 2013
Description: The 5 year anniversary party of SalsaCrazy Mondays, held at the Neck of the Woods in San Francisco. Features beginning and intermediate salsa lessons followed by dancing until 2am in the morning. Special live music performances by VibraSON and Orquesta N'Rumba.
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Turkey Day Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Fling

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Wednesday, November 27th 2013
Description: The annual Turkey Day Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba fling, organized by DJ JazzyJezz. Features dance lessons at 8:30pm followed by dancing a night of dancing and performances. Three rooms for dancing, featuring salsa, bachata, and kizomba. Come and burn some extra calories before Thanksgiving!
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Shadow Ultra Lounge Halloween Salsa Party

Event Type: Salsa Lessons, Halloween Salsa Party
Date: Thursday, October 31st 2013
Description: A Halloween salsa, bachata, and kizomba party hosted at the Shadow Ultra Lounge in Oakland. No cover charge with costume. Beginner salsa lessons at 8:15pm followed by dancing in two dance rooms until 1:30am.
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Albertos Halloween Salsa Bash

Event Type: Halloween Salsa Paty, Salsa Lessons, Costume Contest, Live Music
Date: Thursday, October 31st 2013
Description: Alberto's annual Halloween Salsa Bash, featuring beginner and intermediate salsa lessons with Pantea, a Halloween costume contest, and dancing until 2am to live salsa music.
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SalsaCrazy Mondays Halloween

Event Type: Salsa Lessons, Halloween Salsa Party, Live Band
Date: Monday, October 28th 2013
Description: A Monday night Halloween salsa party hosted by SalsaCrazy at the Neck of the Woods in San Francisco. Beginner and intermediate salsa lessons followed by dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Also features a Halloween costume contest and live music provided by Mazacote.
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El Valenciano Halloween Ball

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Performance, Halloween Costume Contest
Date: Wednesday, October 30th 2013
Description: Mambo Romero Dance Company's annual Halloween Ball held at El Valenciano in San Francisco. Salsa lessons at 9pm taught by Gabriel Romero, followed by dancing until 2am. Special dance performances at 11pm a Halloween costume contest with $100 cash prize.
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Stanford Salsa for the Cure

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social, Fundraiser
Date: Friday, October 25th 2013
Description: An event organized by Los Salseros de Stanford & Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority to raise awareness for breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness. Beginner salsa lesson followed by 2 hours of dancing, all ages welcome.
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SalsaCrazy Halloween

Event Type: Halloween Dance Party, Costume Contest, Live Music
Date: Saturday, October 26th 2013
Description: SalsaCrazy's annual Halloween International Ball held is association with Aykut Events. 3 separate rooms of dancing with internationally known DJs, along with a salsa room featuring live salsa music by Julio Bravo. Tickets for the event sell out and are only sold in advance. To purchase tickets, visit the event website.
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New Swing Sextet at Cafe Cocomo

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social, Live Music
Date: Sunday, October 27th 2013
Description: A special concert of the award-winning New Swing Sextet from New York City, hosted at Cafe Cocomo. Dance lessons 8:30pm by 2-time salsa World Champion Luis Aguilar, followed by a night of dancing. Pre-sale tickets for the event can be purchased by contacting DJ Chino, DJ Hong, or DJ ElDeLaClave.
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Salsoween Halloween Salsa Party

Event Type: Live Music, Costume Contest, Halloween Salsa Party
Date: Saturday, October 26th 2013
Description: The 6th Annual Salsoween Halloween salsa party at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco, featuring a night of dancing to two great local bands (Mazacote & Orquesta Evolucion), salsa and rueda performances, and a Halloween costume contest with cash prizes.
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Hot Bachata Nights Halloween

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Lesson, Halloween Dance Party
Date: Sunday, October 27th 2013
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. Professional photographer Val Mirov will be on hand to capture all your Halloween memories.
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TASTE Halloween

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Bachata Lesson, Live Music, Halloween Party
Date: Friday, October 25th 2013
Description: Beginner salsa and bachata lessons by TASTE Fridays, followed to dancing to the music of Edgardo y Candela. This is a Halloween party, so come dressed in your costume. Special birthday celebration for regular DJ, DJ ElDeLaClave.
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Playa Bonita Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Saturday night
Description: A Saturday evening salsa social held at Playa Bonita (formerly the Creekside Bar & Grill) in San Jose. Features live salsa bands and dance lessons by 2-time World Champion Grizzly Hidriago. Salsa and bachata dancing until 1:30am in the morning. Dress formal.
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HELLA HALLOWEEN Social with Salsa with Juan

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Salsa Dancing, Halloween Salsa Party
Date: Friday, October 25th 2013
Description: Salsa With Juan's annual Halloween salsa party, featuring a salsa lesson, dancing until 1am, and a Halloween costume contest with $100 cash prize. Also features an hour long photo booth in the graveyard lounge, tricks and treats for the angels and devils, a performance of Thriller by JAS Dance Company.
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Caribbean Gardens Halloween Party

Event Type: Halloween Salsa Party, Live Music
Date: Saturday, October 26th 2013
Description: 9th annual Halloween salsa party hosted by Son de Caña at Caribbean Gardens in Burlingame. Live salsa music by Son de Caña as well as DJs spinning the hottest salsa, cumbia, bachata and more all night long.
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Montuno Fall Showcase & Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, November 15th 2013
Description: Montuno Dance Company's annual salsa social and showcase, featuring a dance show by Montuno's performance teams, salsa lessons by Montuno director Isidro Corona, and dancing until 1am in the morning. Discount available with valid student ID.
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Couture Dance Alliance 4th Year Anniversary Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Sunday, November 17th 2013
Description: A salsa party at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco celebrating the 4-year anniversary of the Couture Dance Alliance. Salsa lessons by 2-time World Champion Luis Aguilar, followed by dancing until 2am in the morning. Special dance performances by CDA, Tianne Frias, Gabriel Romero, and more.
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Salsamania Superhero Night Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2013
Description: A superhero-themed salsa party hosted by Salsamania Dance Company. Salsa lessons by John and Liz of Salsamania, followed by dancing to the wee hours of the morning to the music of DJ Super Chino. Superhero costume contest at 11:30pm and special performances by Salsamania Dance Co. and guests.
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San Francisco Salsa Congress 2013

Event Type: Salsa Congress
Date: Thursday, November 21st - Sunday, November 24th 2013
Description: A four-day salsa extravaganza held in the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. The 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 12-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. This is one salsa event that is not to be missed! Buy Tickets for Event
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Sex, Love Salsa Film

Event Type: Film Showing
Date: Thursday, October 3rd 2013
Description: A showing of "Sex Love Salsa", a new Latino Romantic Comedy about a player who falls for the charms of seductive salsa dancer. The film will be show at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, and there are multiple showings throughout the day. For a teaser of the film, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIj8SkaLbN4.
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Salsa Selecta

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social, Dance Performances
Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2013
Description: A special salsa social in San Francisco hosted by DJ Hong and Nicole. Salsa lesson by Jimmy Yoon (the founder of the DC Style Academy) focusing on fundamental salsa techniques On2, followed by dancing until 1am. Music by DJ Hong & DJ 360. Dance performances by TLS2 and SF Touch. This is an all-ages event.
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Ladies Styling Bootcamp w/ Liz & Andrew

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Sunday, September 8th 2013
Description: A 3-hour intensive ladies styling workshop with two of the Bay Area's biggest divas, Liz Rojas and Andrew Cervantes! Workshop covers styling, footwork, and partnerwork. To get the early bird price, send payment via Paypal to johnandlizpayments@yahoo.com before the day of the workshop.
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Gaby Equiz Ladies Styling Class

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2013
Description: A 2 hour ladies styling workshop with Gaby Equiz Jaso, a World Champion in salsa dancing and the director of Alma Latina Dance Company based in San Diego. This is an in-depth workshop on how to do styling during partnerwork and solo dancing. Hosted by Montuno Dance Company.
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Live Salsa in San Jose with Latin HEAT

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social, Live Music
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2013
Description: Live salsa music dancing at the Creekside Bar & Grill on Saturday, September 7th 2013. The event starts at 9pm and features music from Latin HEAT, a new salsa band from San Jose. Also featuring music from Gabriel Meza aka DJ Gabo Wabo from Tekila Rock. Dinner is available until 10pm at the Creekside restaurant.
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