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Bay Area Salsa Teams

The San Francisco Bay is home to some of the most talented and skilled salsa teams in the world. From amateur and student teams to salsa World Champions, there's team for dancers of every skill level. Click on a profile below to find out more about that team.


Afinkao Directors: JC Labio & Tellina Rezzoffi
Location: Oakland
Bio:

Afinkao was formed by JC Labio and Tellina Rezzoffi in 2005 and is recognized for its eclectic and creative choreography. The dance company’s style is a fusion of Afro-Cuban, mambo, jazz, and…

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Couture Dance Alliance Directors: Luis Aguilar
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

Couture Dance Alliance is one of the top dance companies in the Bay Area. “CDA” as it’s known has been heavily focused on the competitive side of salsa dancing since it’s inception,…

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Grizzly Dance Company San Jose Directors: Grizzly Hidriago
Location: San Jose
Bio:

Grizzly Dance Company San Jose is the San Jose offshoot of LA-based Grizzly Dance Company (GDC) directed by 2-time World Salsa Champion, Grizzly Hidriago. The team was started in December 2013 when…

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Los Salseros de Stanford Directors: Salish Harrison
Location: Palo Alto
Bio:

Los Salseros de StanfordĀ is Stanford University’s salsa performance team. They are a student organization dedicated to all things salsa, and are a popular group on the Stanford Campus.
The Stanford Salseros have regular…

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Mambo Groovin’ Latin Dance Theater Directors: Sandy Chao
Location: Redwood City
Bio:

Mambo Groovin’ Latin Dance Theater was born on September 11, 2011 as a weekly open class based out of San Francisco. Focusing on the development of Afro-Carribean rhythms and body movement, the…

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Mambo Romero Directors: Gabriel Romero & Victoria Ruskovoloshina
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

Founded in 1998 by Gabriel Romero, Mambo Romero is a pioneer of the on2, or mambo, style of salsa dancing in the Bay Area. The style of the company has been compared…

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MamboNova Directors: Hector Reyes
Location: Redwood City
Bio:

Mambonova Dance Company is the SF Bay Area’s newest salsa dance company. Founded in 2011 by director Hector Reyes, the team has performed at events around the Bay and at the 2011…

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Montuno Dance Company Directors: Isidro Corona
Location: San Jose
Bio:

Montuno Dance Company is a performance and competition salsa team based out of San Jose. Founded in 2008 and directed by world-class salsa dancers Isidro Corona and Ariel Lehaitre, the team has…

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RicaSalsa Directors: Ricardo Tellez & Tianne Frias
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

Rica Salsa was started by Ricardo Tellez in 1999, and since his partnership with Tianne Frias the dance company has gone on to win numerous titles in the Bay Area, culminating in…

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Salsa Clara Directors: Danny Zepeda
Location: Santa Clara
Bio:

Salsa Clara is the performance salsa team of Santa Clara University. Started in 2006 by PB&G Pro team member and Santa Clara Univeristy alumni, Danny Zepeda, the team has grown to…

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Salsamania Directors: John Narvaez & Liz Rojas
Location: Alameda
Bio:

Salsamania is one of the largest and most successful dance companies in Bay Area. Started in 2000 by John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, Salsamania has performed and competed at salsa events around…

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Spartan Mambo Directors: Max Shpungin & Takeshi Young
Location: San Jose
Bio:

Spartan Mambo is San Jose State University’s official performance salsa team, founded by Max Shpungin and Takeshi Young in the September of 2010. The team is composed entirely of SJSU students,…

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The Latin Bombshells Directors: Silke Miller
Location: Mountain View
Bio:

The Latin Bombshells is an all-female dance team based in Mountain View and directed by Silke Miller. The team’s choreography is a mix of salsa and other Latin dances mixed with…

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The Latin Symbolics Directors: Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

The Latin Symbolics is one of the longest running dance teams in the Bay Area. Started in 2000 by Ava Apple, the team is known for their playful and creative choreography as…

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Inactive Teams

The following are Bay Area salsa teams that are currently inactive or that have been disbanded:

Beyond Dreamz Directors: Giju John & Kristen Nolan
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

Beyond Dreamz Entertainment Productions is a company founded by the dancer and Indian/Latin pop singer Giju John in 2006. Their dance team performs to many of Giju’s own music, featuring a…

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Pretty Boys & Girls Dance Productions Directors: Ricardo Sanchez & Michelle Castro
Location: Campbell
Bio:

Pretty Boys & Girls Dance Productions (PB&G) was one of the top salsa dance companies in the Bay Area. They were the winners of the 2005 World Salsa Championships and runner-ups…

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