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Looking for places to take salsa lessons in Bay Area? Well look no further! Here's a complete list of salsa lessons available in the Bay Area compiled by the Salsa By The Bay Team.


Afro Cuban Rumba Workshop Series

Location: Redwood City
Cost: $120 pre-registration, $135 at the door
Instructors: Yenne Guibert
Description: A 4-week long Afro Cuban Rumba series taught by Yenne Guibert, the founder of the highest regarded folkloric dance group in Havana,Cuba. The curriculum includes AfroCuban specific body movement, vocabularies, and phrases to teach you the exact motions utilized. Then, we will build a short but comprehensive class presentation routine over the 4 weeks. The series allows dancers to work on material progressively. Series registered dancers will have the opportunity to participate in the 'Rumba Challenge' to perform a rumba routine at a local club at the end of the series. Pre-registration discount is $120 for 8 hours of instructions @ sandy_chao@yahoo.com. $135 at the door. Visit www.mambogroovin.com for more details.
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Afrocuban Rumba Salsa Classes

Location: Berkeley
Cost: $13
Instructors: Erick Barberia
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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Allegro Beg/Int Lessons

Location: Emeryville
Cost: $8 Members, $12 Non-Members
Instructors: Garry Johnson
Description: Thursday night salsa lessons with veteran salsa instructor Garry at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Focuses on intermediate patterns and partnering. Extra practice time is available after the lesson for an additional $5.
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Bailamos Salsa Rueda Wednesdays

Location: Santa Cruz
Cost: $7 General, $5 for Students
Instructors: Bailamos Salsa Rueda
Description: Salsa rueda lessons taught every Wednesday night at the Santa Cruz Portuguese Hall by Bailamos Salsa Rueda, followed by social dancing. Salsa lessons are for beginner, intermediate, and advanced rueda dancers.
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Beginners Salsa Bootcamp

Location: San Jose
Cost: $15 drop-in or $48 for the month
Instructors: Big Bad Mike & Ky-Van
Description: Salsa Bootcamp! Beginners and Beyond with Ky Van and Big Bad Mike. Do you have 2 left feet? Are you a total beginner? Do you need to refresh and practice your cool moves? Then this class is perfect for you! Every class starts with a warm up and basic footwork and turns. Call Ky-Van (pronounced key-van). Drop in cost are $15 per class or $48 per month.
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Boogie Woogie Ballroom

Location: Foster City
Cost: $16 drop-in; $12.50-$15 w/BWB Class Card
Instructors: Ylva Wintzell (Bachata), Samy Makar (Salsa)
Description: Salsa and bachata lessons every Thursday night at the Boogie Woogie Ballroom in Foster City, taught by experienced ballroom dancers.
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Cuban Salsa and Rueda de Casino

Location: Oakland
Cost: $12 for one class, $45 for four classes
Instructors: Manuel Suarez
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

Location: Oakland
Cost: $12 for one class, $17 for back-to-back classes
Instructors: Miguel Vazquez
Description: Cuban salsa lessons every Monday and Wednesday night at Studio 1924 in downtown Oakland with Miguel Vazquez. Beginners lessons are from 7:30-8:30pm, followed by intermediate lessons at 8:30-9:30pm. 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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Cuban Salsa Lessons in SF

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $12
Instructors: Ramon Ramos Alayo
Description: Cuban salsa lessons taught at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco every Monday and Wednesday by Ramon Ramos Alayo. In his class, Ramon teaches basic Cuban footwork, style, and musicality as well as complex turn patterns. No partner necessary, wear comfortable clothes.
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Free Latin Dance Thursdays

Location: Emeryville
Cost: Free
Instructors: Tytus Bergstrom & LiWen Ang
Description: Free Latin dance classes every Thursday at the Bay Street Courtyard in Emeryville. Dance in the beautiful open summer night... bring friends and meet new ones! DJ Soto playing music from 7:30pm - 9pm. Each week - Raffle for $25 giftcard to merchant of your choice.
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Freestyle Salsa Tuesdays

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $15
Instructors: Garry Johnson
Description: Learn social dancing from the dance worlds of Salsa, Timba, Son, Cha Cha Cha (depending on who shows up) with experienced "freestyle salsa" instructor Garry Johnson. Classes every Tuesday @7:45-8:45 PM at Genesis DanceSport Studio on Clement Street in Inner Richmond (SF). $15 drop-in. Packages available.
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Intermediate Salsa Class Top Dance Ballroom

Location: San Jose
Cost: $15 for one class and $24 for both classes
Instructors: Darwin
Description: Intermediate salsa lessons every Tuesday at Top Dance Ballroom taught by Darwin. Covers salsa turn patterns and footwork. Open to dancers of all ages, no partner necessary.
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Intro to Mambo

Location: Redwood City
Cost: $50 for 4 week series
Instructors: Felipe Martinez
Description: Beginning and intermediate On2 salsa lessons taught by Felipe Martinez at the M&M Studio in Redwood City every Monday night. The class is a 4-week series, with a maximum of 10 couples, so space is limited.
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Kizomba Class at City Dance Annex, San Francisco

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $15 or $60 for package of 5 classes
Instructors: Yair Fatal & Chalianna Lopez
Description: Kizomba lessons taught through Semba music every Monday night by Yair & Chalianna at the Dance Annex in San Francisco. Semba from 8:30pm-9:30pm, followed by practice from 9:30pm-10:00pm . Classes cover kizomba musicality, connection, feeling, and steps.
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Latin Symbolics Salsa On 1 Wednesdays

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $14 one class or $20 both classes
Instructors: Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman
Description: Beginner and Intermediate level salsa lessons taught "On 1" with Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman, the directors of the Latin Symbolics. Beginner lessons at 7:30pm, intermediate at 8:30pm.
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LGBTQ Salsa Class

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $17 drop in
Instructors: Alexandria Nichandros
Description: 5 week series taking place on all 5 Mondays in March. Queer, trans*, and allies all welcome!!!
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Lunchtime Salsa at Studio 1924

Location: Oakland
Cost: $12 w/o lunch, $18 w/lunch
Instructors: Garry Johnson
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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Mambo On2 Classes by Mambo Groovin

Location: San Carlos
Cost: $12
Instructors: Sandy Chao, Ricardo Penate, and John York
Description: Weekly Salsa Classes by Mambo Groovin' Latin Dance Theatre are back! Tuesdays 8:30pm - 9:45pm come learn dance technique via cool shines and fun patterns! Instructions by Sandy Chao, Ricardo Penate, and John York! Dedicated to developing dancers and improving quality of movement. Drop-ins welcome and no partner necessary! Multiple instructors and advanced level dance company members will be there to assist students for faster learning with personal feedback.
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ODC Salsa

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $14 for one class ($1 cash discount)
Instructors: Gabriel Romero and Victoria Ruskovoloshina
Description: New York style mambo classes by Gabriel Romero, taught at the esteemed Oberlin Dance Collective School of Rhythm and Motion in San Francisco.
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On2 Salsa Classes w/ Luis Aguilar

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $20
Instructors: Luis Aguilar
Description: Beginner & intermediate on2 salsa lessons taught every Sunday by 2-time World Champion Luis Aguilar at DSG Dance Studios in San Francisco. The focus of the class is on building strong social dancing technique, covering both footwork and partnerwork. Classes are aimed at a beginner/intermediate level. Dancers should come in comfortable workout clothes and dance shoes. No street shoes allowed, no exceptions. Free street parking available nearby.
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Pick School Salsa Lessons

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $16 drop-in
Instructors: Rose Vierling
Description: Salsa dancing lessons at the Pick School of Ballroom Dancing in San Francisco. Cost is $16 for drop-ins, with discounts available if you purchase multiple weeks at once. First class is free, see the Pick School website for more details.
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Roccapulco Salsa Thursdays

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $10 before 10pm
Instructors: N/A
Description: Live salsa music and dancing every Thursday night at Roccapulco in San Francisco. Different salsa bands are featured every week. Cover is just $10 before 10pm, and you can also get discounted cover by e-mailing roccapulco@yahoo.com. July schedule: July 10th - N'Rumba July 17th - Julio Bravo July 24th - Mazacote July 31st - Somos El Son Roccapulco also has salsa dancing every Saturday night to DJs and live music.
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Rueda and Rhythm

Location: Oakland
Cost: $14 per class or $30 for a 4-class card
Instructors: Sidney Weaverling and Ryan Mead
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 & Bachata Lessons Monterey

Location: Monterey
Cost: $5 per lesson
Instructors: DJ Willi
Description: Beginner salsa and bachata lessons taught every Tuesday night at the Monterey Dance studio by DJ Willi. Classes are beginner friendly, and no partner is necessary. Classes are $5 per lesson.
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Salsa Dance Class in Concord

Location: Concord
Cost: $10 per class
Instructors: Phil Seyer
Description: Salsa classes by Phil Seyer at the Willow Pass Community Center in Concord. Each class starts with a review of the basics and moves on to a new intermediate level dance pattern. Come and learn intermediate salsa dance patterns like the Frisbee free turn, the butterfly, hammerlock, cradle, double turns, salsa shines (where you dance apart from your partner) and more. As a bonus learn sexy Cuban hip motion, not usually taught in group classes! Review salsa steps with a salsa app for iPhone and Android created by the instructor. Enrollment required: Guarantee fun or money back.
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Salsa Gente Salsa Cubana

Location: Santa Cruz
Cost: $8 ($4 for students)
Instructors: Salsa Gente's Chris & Jessica
Description: Cuban-style salsa dancing every Monday night at Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz. Fun energetic and vibrant moves, technique & style featuring latest music from Cuba. (more…)
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Salsa Gente Salsa Rueda

Location: Santa Cruz
Cost: $8 ($4 for students)
Instructors: Salsa Gente's Chris & Jessica
Description: Salsa Rueda classes every Thursday night at the Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz. Two classes at the same time: into/beginner and beginner/intermediate. No partner required, and half off for students!
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Salsa Lessons at Elite Ballroom

Location: San Jose
Cost: $12 general, $10 for students
Instructors: Helen Vazquez & JC Camarena
Description: Beginner salsa dance lessons held at the Elite Ballroom in downtown San Jose. Lessons taught by World Latin Dance Cup champions Helen Vazquez & JC Camarena. All ages welcome and discounts for students. No partner needed.
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Salsa Rueda at the Tannery

Location: Santa Cruz
Cost: $7 General, $5 for Students
Instructors: Bailamos Salsa Rueda
Description: Beginner level salsa rueda (circular salsa) lessons taught every Sunday afternoon at the Tannery Dance Center in Santa Cruz by the Bailamos Salsa Rueda team.
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Salsa Rueda Class

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $12
Instructors: Ramon Ramos Alayo
Description: Salsa Rueda (aka Rueda de Casino) lessons at the Dance Mission Theater in SF taught by veteran instructor Ramon Ramos Alayo. Salsa Rueda is a dance where couples dance in a circle, and was developed in Havana, Cuba. Everyone dances together in a circle, dancing simultaneously to the caller's commands. Experience with Cuban salsa dancing required.
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Salsa Rueda Mondays

Location: Oakland
Cost: $5 per 30 min class
Instructors: Karen and Michael
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 Rueda ODC

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $13 a class
Instructors: Ryan Mead
Description: Beginning and intermediate Miami-style Salsa and Havana-style Casino rueda moves taught every Thursday at the ODC Dance Commons by veteran Rueda-instructor Ryan Mead.
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Salsa Rueda Thursdays

Location: Berkeley
Cost: $5 per 30 min class
Instructors: Karen and Michael
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 Juan

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15
Instructors: Juan Gil
Description: Beginning and intermediate level salsa lessons taught by Juan Gil in Oakland every Tuesday night.
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Salsa With Juan

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15
Instructors: Juan Gil
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

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15 drop-in or $50 for 4 week series
Instructors: Rebecca Chehalis Miller
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 Rebecca

Location: Berkeley
Cost: $15 drop-in or $50 for 4 week series
Instructors: Rebecca Chehalis Miller
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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Salsa With Tianne

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $15 drop-in, $50 for 4 classes, $80 for 8 classes
Instructors: Tianne Frias & Ricardo Tellez
Description: Salsa classes taught by 3-time World Salsa Championships finalist Tianne Frias and Ricardo Tellez at the Metronome in San Francisco. The class starts with a Level 1 beginner class at 7pm, followed by a Level 1.5 class at 8pm, and a Level 3 On2 class at 9pm. No experience necessary for the beginner lesson, discounts available when purchasing as a package.
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Salsa With Tiffany

Location: Oakland
Cost: Beginner: $10 drop-in, or $35 for 4 classes
Intermediate: $12 drop-in, or $40 for 4 classes
Advanced: $14 drop-in, or $45 for 4 classes
Instructors: Tiffany Wu
Description: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced salsa lessons 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 Tomaj

Location: Orinda
Cost: $15 drop-in
Instructors: Tomaj Trenda
Description: Monday night salsa classes in Orinda with Tomaj Trenda.
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Salsa With Tomaj

Location: San Ramon
Cost: $120/single, $200/couple for a 10 week series.
Instructors: Tomaj Trenda
Description: Friday night salsa classes in San Ramon with Tomaj Trenda.
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Salsa Workshop @ Studio 1924

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15 pre-pay, $20 drop-in
Instructors: Angie Seminario & Rob Herrera
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 Salsa Mondays

Location: Oakland
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)
Instructors: John Narvaez & Liz Rojas
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 open floor practice so you can practice your new moves.
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Sunday Salsa Rueda Berkeley

Location: Berkeley
Cost: $13/1 class, $17/2 classes, $18/ all 3 classes
Instructors: Nicholas Van Eyck
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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Top Dance Ballroom Salsa Fridays

Location: San Jose
Cost: $15 per lesson or $24 for both lessons
Instructors: William Orrock
Description: Salsa dancing and bachata lessons every Friday with Wil Orrock at Top Dance Ballroom in San Jose. Salsa lessons are at 8pm followed by bachata lessons at 8:45pm. The cost of the class is $15 for one class or $24 for both. No partner necessary. Open to all ages.
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YWCA Salsa Classes

Location: Berkeley
Cost: $12 per class
Instructors: Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman
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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