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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.

Birdland Salsita Social Club

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $10-15
Description: Weekly Sunday salsa lessons and live music social at the new Birdland Salsista Social Club in Oakland, the new salsa meet-up in the East Bay.
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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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Dancing Under The Stars

Event Type: Dance Lesson, Outdoor Dancing
Date: Friday July 11, 18, & 25
Time: 8:30pm-9pm - Lesson, 9pm-10pm - Dancing
Cost: Free
Description: Free dance lessons and social dancing every week in July at the historic Jack London Square in Oakland. Lessons from 8:30pm-9pm every night taught by Vanessa and Bradley Montoya of VM Dance. A different dance taught every week: 7/11 - Merengue, 7/18 - Salsa, 7/25 - Bachata.
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Funky Fresh First Fridays

Event Type: Salsa / Hip Hop Party
Date: Every 1st Friday of the month
Time: 10:00pm - 2:00am
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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Kizomba Class & Social at mOOv Studios, Oakland

Event Type: Kizomba Dancing Lesson, Kizomba Social
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 8-9pm - Improvers
9-10pm - Beginners
9pm-12am - Social
Cost: $12 for lesson, $8 for just social
Description: Kizomba classes and dancing every Thursday night at mOOv in 1924 Studios in Oakland. Beginner and improvers kizomba lessons taught by Nika & Emile 8-10pm, followed by social dancing. The event is $12 for the lessons or $8 for just dancing. Free street parking available nearby. Entry code: 2419 (on doorknob keypad)
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Ladies Salsa Styling with Bellydance

Event Type: Belly Dance & Salsa Lesson
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Cost: $12, $18 with lunch
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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Lunchtime Salsa at Studio 1924

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Lunch
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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: 8-9pm - Beginner Lesson
9-10pm - Intermediate Lesson
10pm-1am - Monte Negro Party
Cost: $10 for lessons, $5 for the party
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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Noche Bailable Son Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, October 18th 2014
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
Cost: $10
Description: A Cuban Son party held at Studio 1924 in Oakland. Son lesson by Roberto Borrell starting at 8:15pm, followed by dancing to classic and popular Cuban music by DJs Garry Johnson and Roberto Borrell. Dancing all night to Son, Cha Cha Cha, a bit of Timba, and more. Call ahead of time for the door code.
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Rueda and Rhythm

Event Type: Salsa Rueda Lesson
Date: Every Monday
Time: 7:30pm - Beginner, 8:30 - Intermediate
Cost: $14 per class or $30 for a 4-class card
Description: A two hour-long salsa and rueda class held every Monday night in Oakland with a special focus on Rhythm and Musicality. Classes start at 7:30pm and 8:30pm with four instructors who teach four different levels simultaneously – we offer Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 all at once. Special rhythm and musicality instruction in Oakland: Every hour at Levels 3 and 4 we will be teaching new rhythmic footwork, timing, and movement exercises to raise your rhythmic awareness and improve your connection to the music. Fun con Ritmo!
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Salsa by the Lake

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Sundays
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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 Workshop @ Studio 1924

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Sunday, May 18th 2014
Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Cost: $15 pre-pay, $20 drop-in
Description: This workshop will cover basic fundamentals, footwork and partner work taught by longtime Salsamania Angie Seminario & Big Rob Herrera. Together they have many years of performance, social dance and teaching experience. Get ready to work hard and have a great time. Comfortable clothes and dance shoes are recommended. FREE PARKING!
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Salsamania Dance Competition

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Competition
Date: Saturday, October 4th 2014
Time: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Cost: $5 - General Admittance, $35 - Competitor Registration
Description: Join Salsamania Dance Company on Saturday, October 4, 2014 for an exciting weekend of competition. Invite your family and friends to come watch you dance your heart out!
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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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San Francisco Salsa Congress 2014

Event Type: Salsa Congress
Date: Thursday, November 20th - Sunday, November 23rd 2014
Time: Thurs - 8pm-2am, Fri - 10am-4am, Sat - 10am-4am, Sun - 10am-4am
Cost: See Congress Website
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 legendary Tito Rojas 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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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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