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Thursday Night Salsa

A listing of Thursday Night Salsa Events, Dance Lessons, and Socials in the Bay Area.

Note: Event times are subject to change. Always double check with the event organizer before making plans.

4Ever Dance Thursdays

Event Type: Beginning and Intermediate Salsa Lesson, Salsa Dancing
Cost: $13 lesson only, $15 lesson and open dancing
Location: Dublin
Description: Salsa lessons and open dancing, hosted in the east bay at Dublin's 4 Ever Dance Studio.
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Albertos Salsa

Event Type: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Cost: $10 ($7 student, $15 band nights)
Location: Mountain View
Description: A cool bar & lounge located in Mountain View with a great instructor and chill atmosphere. Plenty of seating, a full bar, and live bands of Friday nights. Music is a mix of salsa and bachata, with a sprinkling of cha cha and merrengue.
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Allegro Beg/Int Lessons

Event Type: Beginner/Intermediate Salsa Lesson
Cost: $8 Members, $12 Non-Members
Location: Emeryville
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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Blue Fin Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Lessons and Salsa Dancing
Cost: $5
Location: Monterey
Description: Salsa lessons with Hector and Jherrica, followed by a night of music and dancing at Blue Fin Billiards in Monterey Bay.
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Boogie Woogie Ballroom

Event Type: Bachata & Salsa Lesson
Cost: $16 drop-in; $12.50-$15 w/BWB Class Card
Location: Foster City
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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Capone’s Salsa Thursdays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $8 or $5 w/ Student ID
Location: Alameda
Description: Salsa lessons at dancing every Thursday night at Capone's Speakeasy in Alameda. Dance lessons by John Narvaez & Liz Rojas from 8-9:30pm followed by dancing until 12am in the morning. Live bands on some nights. Discount available for students with valid student ID.
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El Toro Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: Free
Location: San Francisco
Description: "Good Vibrations" hosted at El Toro Night Club offers salsa & bachata lessons and dancing every Thursday night in SF. Every week there is a free beginner salsa lesson taught by Marianna Pristupa, followed by a free bachata lesson taught by Fernando Del Baile, which starts at 8pm. The event is free for the month of February.
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Hot Salsa Thursdays Hayward

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $12 for lessons/ $10 party only, $2 off w/ student ID
Location: Hayward
Description: Note: This event is on hiatus until January 2015. Salsa lessons and dancing every Thursday night at Ballroom & Beyond dance studio in Hayward. Salsa lessons with Antonio Miguel from 7-9pm, followed by social dancing until 1am in the morning. No partner necessary and all ages welcome. $2 off with student ID.
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Kizomba Class & Social at mOOv Studios, Oakland

Event Type: Kizomba Dancing Lesson, Kizomba Social
Cost: $12 for lesson, $8 for just social
Location: Oakland
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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Monte Negro Salsa con Timba Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $10 for lessons, $5 for the party
Location: Oakland
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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On2 Salsa Classes w/ Luis Aguilar

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost: $20
Location: San Francisco
Description: Intermediate-level on2 salsa lessons taught every Thursday 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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Salsa Gente Salsa Rueda

Event Type: Salsa Rueda Class
Cost: $8 ($4 for students)
Location: Santa Cruz
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 Rueda Thursdays

Event Type: Salsa Rueda Lesson
Cost: $5 per 30 min class
Location: Berkeley
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 Thursdays at Vinyl Room

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: Free
Location: Burlingame
Description: Local bar and lounge, Vinyl Room is offering free salsa dance lessons every Thursday starting Thursday, March 5th, with special instruction by the D'Vettes and Keesha Roberts, a classically trained salsa performer and instructor, who has performed at Salsa Congresses around the world as a member of the Pretty Boys & Girls Pro Team. Bay Area and local residents are encouraged to bring their friends, co-workers, and dance partners to learn the latest Latin moves every Thursday night. Beginners and seasoned salseros are welcomed!
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Salsa With Juan

Event Type: Salsa Lessons
Cost: $15
Location: Oakland
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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Sultry Salsa Nights

Event Type: Beginning/Intermediate Salsa Lesson, Social Dancing
Cost: $15 for 1 class, $20 for 2 classes
Location: Santa Rosa
Description: Salsa lessons and dancing every Thursday night at the Society: Culture House in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 6pm for food and cocktails, dance lessons begin at 7pm, and dancing continues until 10:30 in the evening. Salsa lessons by Irene Silva and Jesus Cruz of Santa Rosa Salsa. No partner or experience necessary.
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Vinnie’s Bar & Grill

Event Type: Salsa Dancing
Cost: Free
Location: Concord
Description: Salsa dancing and other Latin music at Vinnie's Bar & Grill in Concord, every Thursday night. Free street parking and a full bar.
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Yerba Buena @ Verdi Club

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost: $15 ($12 on DJ Night)
Location: San Francisco
Description: A weekly salsa event by the founders of the Yerba Buena Social Club. Designed for the after-work crowd, Yerba Buena @ Verdi Club is held every Thursday night at the Verdi Club in the Mission district in SF. Ultimate sprung hardwood floors. Beginner friendly salsa lesson with Felipe Martinez. Free parking available and well lit, both on the street and if needed in the parking lot of the Safeway at 16th St and Bryant a block away and open 24 hours. April 2nd: The pre-party for the 7th Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival will be held here.
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