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.
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 3pm - 9pm
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.
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.
Date: Every Monday & Wednesday
Time: Mondays: 7:30pm-8:30pm - Beginner, 8:30pm-9:30pm - Intermediate
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.
Date: Friday July 11, 18, & 25
Time: 8:30pm-9pm - Lesson, 9pm-10pm - Dancing
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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!
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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.
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.
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Description: Beginning and intermediate level salsa lessons taught by Juan Gil & Ruth Caspary in Oakland every Tuesday night.
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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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