Salsa Dancing in the Bay Area

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Salsa Dancing in Berkeley

Looking for places to go salsa dancing in Berkeley? Here's a complete list of salsa events happening in Berkeleycompiled by the Salsa By The Bay Team.

For a listing of more events in the Bay Area, see our Salsa Events Calendar.

Afrocuban Rumba Salsa Classes

Event Type: Afro Cuban Lessons
Date: Every Tuesday and Saturday
Time: 6:30pm Tuesdays, 10am Saturdays
Cost: $13
Description: Afro-Cuban Rumba lessons taught by veteran dance instructor Erick Barberia at The Beat in Berkeley, every Tuesday night and Saturday morning. The class explores the the roots of Afro-Cuban dance from Cuban Son, Rumba, and it's heavy African influences all the way to present day Timba, pushing you to improve your body movement and expression.
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Berkeley Salsa Block Party 2014

Event Type: Outdoor Salsa Dancing, Live Music
Date: Monday, September 1st 2014
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: Free, $10+ Donation Suggested
Description: Agustin Luna Presents the 6th Annual Blake St Salsa Block Party, the original Berkeley salsa block party, on Labor Day, featuring live music from top musicians of Oye Productions called the Bay Area Salsa & Timba All Stars with DJ sets by DJ Willi (from Monterey) and DJ JuanLove. The goal is to bring the community together in a day of solidarity and celebration. The event is free, but donations are encouraged to help pay for expenses. This is an all ages event. Please see the Facebook event page for more information.
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Berkeley Underground Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 7:30pm - 1:30am
Cost: $15 ($10 w/ Student ID)
Description: "Elevate Salsa Wednesdays" at the Berkeley Underground (formerly the Shattuck Downlow) in downtown Berkeley. Salsa dance lessons by Tomaj Trenda and Tiffany Wu followed by dancing until 1:30am to live music and the sounds of DJ EldelaClave & DJ Willie Love. Happy hour from 8pm - 10pm. Discounted entry for students with valid student ID.
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Claremont Salsa/Tango

Event Type: Salsa & Tango Lesson, Dance Social
Date: Last Sunday of the month
Time: 7:00pm - 12:00am
Cost: $20 (tickets can be purchased here
Description: Salsa and tango dancing on the last Sunday of every month at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. Lessons taught by Yismari Ramos Tellez and Erick Barberia, instructors who bring their distinctive styles and knowledge from over 20 years of teaching and dancing. Classes are fun and open to all levels, giving dancers the opportunity to learn proper walks and foot placements in a relaxed and highly constructive atmosphere. In addition, The Claremont Hotel will offer a Dance Party Package throughout the Tango +Salsa series; 20% off the Best Available Rate with two mojitos at the evening’s dance party. All dance series will begin with a complimentary class from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and end at 12 midnight.
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Kizomba, Zouk, Bachata at Mint Leaf, Berkeley

Event Type: Kizomba Dancing Lesson, Kizomba Social
Date: Every 2nd & 4th Saturday
Time: 10-11pm - Kizomba Lesson
11pm-1:45am - Social Dancing
Cost: $5
Description: A kizomba, zouk, and bachata party every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at the Mint Lead Indian Bistro in Berkeley. Kizomba lessons at 10pm followed by dancing until 1:45am. Free street parking available.
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Latin Fever Friday – Bachata & Kizomba Night

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 4th Friday of the Month
Time: 9:15pm - 2:00am
Cost: $15
Description: This is an intimate and classy event - ONLY 250 tickets will be sold at the door. Kizomba lessons taught by Yasert Ortega from 9:15pm - 10:15pm followed by social dancing until 2am to the hottest Kizomba, Bachata, and Mambo beats in the Bay. Dress to impress.
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Latin Fever Fridays

Event Type: Lessons, Social Dancing
Date: Every 2nd Friday of the Month
Time: Lesson 9pm, dancing until 2am
Cost: $12
Description: One of the top dancer socials in the Bay Area, featuring an underground vibe, salsa competitions, and delicious sangria, hosted by the Afinkao Dance Company.
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Mint Leaf Salsa Berkeley

Event Type: Salsa Dance Party
Date: Every Friday
Time: 10:00pm - 1:45am
Cost: $5
Description: Salsa dancing every Friday night at the Mint Leaf restaurant ("Casa De La Musica") in Berkeley, playing the best salsa and timba Cubana spun by DJ Antonio. Smooth floor, full bar, and late night dining menu.
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Salsa Rueda Thursdays

Event Type: Salsa Rueda Lesson
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $5 per 30 min class
Description: Beginner salsa rueda classes with Karen and Michael every Thursday at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Classes from 7-9pm, progress from Intro to Salsa Rueda to Rueda Level I & II. Back Studio is in the back of the ground floor at Ashkenaz, behind the main room. If the side door is locked, enter in the main entrance and tell the staff you are here for the salsa class in the back studio. Or ring buzzer at side door and we will buzz open the door.
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Salsa With Rebecca

Event Type: Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Date: Every Monday
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm Beginning Salsa Level 1, 8:30pm - 9:30pm Intermediate Salsa Level 2
Cost: $15 drop-in or $50 for 4 week series
Description: Beginning and intermediate salsa classes by Rebecca Chehalis Miller every Monday at The Works Exercise and Dance Studio in Berkeley. 4 week progressive series, but drop-ins welcome.
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Sunday Salsa Rueda Berkeley

Event Type: Salsa Rueda & Salsa Suelta Lessons
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Cost: $13/1 class, $17/2 classes, $18/ all 3 classes
Description: A salsa rueda series class taught by Nicholas Van Eyck at the Beat in Berkeley. The class features Salsa Suelta from 6-7pm, Beg/Int Salsa Cubana and Rueda de Casino from 7-8pm, and Int/Adv Salsa Rueda from 8-9pm. Discount prices if you purchase multiple classes, drop-ins welcome.
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YWCA Salsa Classes

Event Type: Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Dancing Lessons
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 7-8pm - Beginner, 8pm-9pm - Intermediate
Cost: $12 per class
Description: Salsa lessons every Tuesday night at the YWCA in Berkeley taught by veteran salsa instructors Ava Apple and Rodolfo Guzman. Beginning salsa lessons at 7pm and intermediate patterns at 8pm. Partner not required.
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