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Salsa Dancing in Oakland

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

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


Caña Salsa Oakland

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social, Live Music
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 3pm - 9pm
Cost: $10
Description: Salsa dancing every Sunday afternoon at Caña Cuban Parlor and Cafe in Oakland to live music and DJ. Dancing starts from 3pm util closing.
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Cuban Salsa and Rueda de Casino

Event Type: Cuban Salsa Lessons
Date: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
Time: Sundays - 2:30-4pm
Mondays - 7:30-9pm
Wednesdays & Fridays - 6-9pm
Cost: $12 for one class, $45 for four classes
Description: Cuban salsa lessons held at the Malonga Casquelourd Center in Oakland throughout the week. Beginner classes cover the basic steps, with the intermediate and advanced classes focusing on improving your skills. $12 per class or $45 for four classes.
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Cuban Salsa at Studio 1924

Event Type: Cuban Salsa Lessons
Date: Every Monday & Wednesday
Time: Mondays: 7:30pm-8:30pm - Beginner, 8:30pm-9:30pm - Intermediate
Wednesdays: 8:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: $12 for one class, $17 for 2 classes (on Mondays)
Description: Cuban salsa lessons every Monday and Wednesday night at Studio 1924 in downtown Oakland with Miguel Vazquez. He is full of energy and can break down fun moves for you within one class. Studio 1924 is a dance studio by day and a dance venue by night, and designed to feel like a friend’s really big living room. There is a casual environment and no partner is necessary. The studio is close to 19th Street BART and there is plenty of free street parking. There is a code to get inside the building. If you do not know the code, please call 510-832-1702. Studio is on the third floor.
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Funky Fresh First Fridays

Event Type: Salsa / Hip Hop Party
Date: Every 1st Friday of the month
Time: 10pm - 2am
Cost: $5 Before 11pm, $10 after
Description: A monthly Fiesta series organized by Social Diversity Entertainment. Party music by Latin Sound Productionz, spinning the best hip hop, salsa, reggae, merrengue, cumbia, bachata and more. Casual / Stylish Attire. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes! For birthday & bottle service call (510) 682-8826.
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Lunchtime Salsa at Studio 1924

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Lunch
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Cost: $12 w/o lunch, $18 w/lunch
Description: A 45-minute salsa lesson during lunchtime at Studio 1924 in Oakland. Taught by experienced salsa dancer Garry Johnson. The class is aimed at beginner dancers, but can be tailored to the people who shows up. No partner necessary.
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Monte Negro Salsa con Timba Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Thursday night
Time: 9pm - 1:30am
Cost: Free
Description: A salsa and Timba party every Thursday night at the Shashamane Bar & Grill, hosted by DJ JuanLove. Monte Negro is a fun atmosphere, where you can relax, enjoy a great cocktail and tear up the dance floor to the best Timba, Salsa Dura, Regaeton, Bachata, and Cumbia. Free lessons will be coming soon in March!
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Salsa by the Lake

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Sundays
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: Free
Description: A Sunday afternoon salsa social held at Lake Marritt in Oakland. The event happens irregularly throughout the year, depending on the whims of the weather and the organizers. Join their Facebook group to stay up-to-date on when the next social will be.
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Salsa Rueda Mondays

Event Type: Salsa Rueda Lesson
Date: Every Monday
Time: 8-10pm
Cost: $5 per 30 min class
Description: Salsa rueda classes with Karen and Michael taught at the Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland every Monday night. Level II from 8:15pm, Level III from 8:45pm, and Level IV at 9:15pm. For beginner level lessons, see Salsa Rueda Thursdays.
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Salsa With Juan

Event Type: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Cost: $15
Description: Beginning and intermediate level salsa lessons taught by Juan Gil & Ruth Caspary in Oakland every Tuesday night.
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Salsa With Juan

Event Type: Salsa Lessons
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Cost: $15
Description: Beginners, pre-intermediate, "bridge", and pre-advanced salsa lessons held every Thursday in Oakland taught by Salsa With Juan. The studio is open for salsa and bachata practice from 9-10pm, with DJ music. Free with paid class that evening or $5 drop in.
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Salsa With Rebecca

Event Type: Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 7pm - 8pm Beginning Salsa Level 1, 8pm - 9pm Intermediate Salsa Level 2
Cost: $15 drop-in or $50 for 4 week series
Description: Beginning and intermediate salsa lessons by Rebecca Chehalis Miller every Wednesday at the Conscious Health Studio in Oakland. No partner necessary and drop-ins welcome.
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Salsa With Tiffany

Event Type: Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Date: First 4 Saturdays of every month
Time: 7:30pm-8:15pm - Beginner
8:15pm-9:00pm - Intermediate
9:00pm-9:30pm - Salsa dance practice
Cost: Beginner: $10 drop-in. New students $30 for 4 classes
Intermediate: $12 drop-in. New students $35 for 4 classes
Practice: open and FREE for all
Description: Begining Salsa Lesson and Intermediate Salsa Lesson by Tiffany Wu, with the focus of leading and following skills, which enables one to dance with anyone with ease and style. Classes are held as progressive series in the first 4 Saturdays of every month. Every month, a new Salsa dance sequence is taught and reviewed through the 4-week period. Body movement and styling tips are incorporated to the sequences, and so are leading and following techniques (what makes a true social dancer).
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Salsa With Tiffany Saturdays

Event Type: Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Date: 1st & 2nd Saturdays every month
Time: 7:30pm-8:15pm - Beginner
8:15pm-9pm - Intermediate
Cost: $10 pet drop-in
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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Salsamania Salsa Mondays

Event Type: Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Date: Every Monday
Time: 7 pm Beginner-level lesson (Salsa I), 8 pm Intermediate-level lesson (Salsa II), 9 pm - 12 am Open Practice
Cost: $12 drop-in (one level), $18 drop-in (both levels), $40 4-week series (one level), $60 4-week series (both levels), $5 social dancing only (after 9 pm)
Description: Salsa lessons taught by John & Liz of Salsamania Dance Company at the Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland every Monday. There are classes of two difficulty levels, beginner and intermediate, followed by social dancing until 12am where you can practice your new moves.
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Shadow Ultra Lounge Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lessons & Dancing
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 8:30pm - 1:30am
Cost: Free
Description: Salsa dancing every Thursday night at Shadow Ultra Lounge (formerly Maxwell’s Lounge) in Oakland. Salsa dancing and music in a night club atmosphere. Food and drinks available all night. Private rooms available for birthdays etc.
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Sparkle Ball

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social, New Years Eve Social, Dance Performances
Date: December 31st 2013
Time: 8pm - 1:30am
Cost: $35 individual / $60 couple, day of $45 individual / $80 couple.
Description: The Sparkle Ball is a New Years Eve Celebration with Salsa with Juan. 3 Rooms of Dancing with salsa, bachata/kizomba, and Top 40s/funk R&B. Decadent savory & sweet dessert bar. Special dance performances, champagne toast, and balloon drop with prizes at midnight.
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Studio 1924 Salsa Class & Social

Event Type: Salsa Rueda Lessons, Salsa Dancing
Date: Saturdays
Time: 9pm-10pm - Salsa Rueda w/ Miguel, 10pm-1:30am - Dance Party
Cost: $15 w/class, $5 between 10-10:30pm, $8 after 10:30pm
Description: A monthly social held at Studio 1924 in Oakland, featuring salsa rueda de casino lessons with Miguel Vazquez and dancing until 1:30am in the morning to the music of DJ Freaky. Close to BART and easy street parking.
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