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(Salsa dancing events for Sunday, August 20, 2017)

Hot Bachata Nights

Event Type:  Salsa & Bachata Lessons, Dance Party
Cost:  $10 for social, $20 for lesson & social
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa, bachata, and kizomba lessons once a month at HUE Nightclub (formerly Atmosphere) in San Francisco. The event features dance lessons followed by dancing in two rooms for dancing with bachata in the main room, and salsa or kizomba in the second room. Full bar, affordable bottle service, and free street parking. One of the best places to go dancing in San Francisco on a Sunday night.
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Salsa by the Sea

Event Type:  Outdoor Dance Party
Cost:  Free
Location:  Santa Cruz
Description:  Salsa By The Sea is a free, weekly outdoor salsa dancing event held next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, by the Ideal Bar & Grill. The event runs all year long (except when it rains) and the start time depends on the season (later in the summer, earlier in the winter). Some weekends are "Bachata by the Sea", with more bachata music played than salsa.
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Boogaloo Sundays

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  Free ($5 w/ free drink on band nights)
Location:  San Jose
Description:  Salsa lessons and dancing to live music every Sunday at Gordon Biersch in downtown San Jose. Salsa lessons at 6pm followed by dancing on an outdoor patio to the music of DJ Lance and a different live band every week.
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Chevere Sundays

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $10, Guest List Available
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Afro Latino party with Timba/salsa, Reggaeton, bachata & merengue at the Cigar Bar & Grill every Sunday. Some nights feature live music from Cuban bands. Get on the guest list to get in for free before 6pm or $5 after by contacting the promoters (415.424.6014 or info@latincitysf.com). Regular admission is $10.
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Allegro Salsa Party

Event Type:  Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Social Dancing
Cost:  $8 Social, $12 w/ Lesson
Location:  Emeryville
Description:  A weekly, all-ages salsa social at Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville. Starts with beginner and intermediate salsa lessons taught by Garry & Isabelle followed by a night of dancing in a spacious ballroom setting. Features salsa, bachata, and timba music.
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Sunday Salsa Night in Carmel

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  Free
Location:  Monterey
Description:  Salsa lessons and dancing every 3rd Sunday of the month at Cultura Bebida y Comida Restaurant in Carmel by the Sea (on Dolores St, between 5th and 6th St, in "Su Vecino" Courtyard). Great food and drinks. Free cover and no partner or experience necessary!
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iLoveMambo Social

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $15
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  The iLoveMambo Social (formerly known as iHeartMambo) is a social typically held every 3rd Sunday of the month at the Women’s Building of San Francisco. Classic salsa, mambo, cha cha cha, and boogaloo tunes are played on vinyl by renowned DJ Mayimbe of LA or invited guest djs. Beginning at 7:00pm, a one hour lesson is taught by guest instructor, followed by social dancing from 8:00pm to 11pm. (more…)
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Sensual Salchata Nights

Event Type:  Salsa/Bachata Lessons, Social Dancing
Cost:  $10 ($15 on band nights)
Location:  Santa Rosa
Description:  Beginner salsa and bachata lessons, followed by a night of dancing at the Flamingo Resort Conference Center in Santa Rosa. Live bands on some nights. Dance lessons by Antonio Morán and Irene Silva of Santa Rosa Salsa, no partner or experience necessary.
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Salsa Rueda at the Tannery

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $7 General, $5 for Students
Location:  Santa Cruz
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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Boogie Wonders Salsa

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $16 (monthly passes available)
Location:  San Jose
Description:  Salsa lessons with the Boogie Wonders every Sunday and Thursday at The Get Down in Japan Town in San Jose. Learn the unique salsa style of the Boogie Wonders which is a little bit funky, a little bit Latin and a whole lot of fun. (more…)
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Salsa w/ Pantea

Event Type:  Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Cost:  $10
Location:  San Jose
Description:  Beginning and intermediate salsa dance lessons followed by dancing in a ballroom setting at Starlite Ballroom in San Jose, taught by Pantea. No partner necessary, beginners welcome!
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Salsa With Carolyn

Event Type:  Beginning, Intermediate, & Advanced Salsa Lesson
Cost:  $15 Drop-in, 5 for $60, 10 for $100
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa lessons with World Salsa Champion Carolyn Barreno at Metronome Dance in San Francisco. Intermediate lesson on Sunday begins at 4pm, followed by an Advanced-Intermediate lesson at 5pm. Intermediate lesson is recommended for dancers with 6+ months of salsa experience. Advanced-Intermediate lesson is recommended for dancers with 1-2 years of experience. Salsa lesson on Monday begins at 8:30pm and covers other Latin social dances as well. This class is for all levels and beginner-friendly. Drop-ins welcome. No partner needed. Discounts available when purchasing a package.
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Sausalito Seahorse Salsa Sunday

Event Type:  Salsa Lesson, Live Music, Salsa Dancing
Cost:  $10
Location:  Sausalito
Description:  Salsa dancing and live music every Sunday at the Seahorse restaurant in Sausalito. Salsa lesson with Carolina from 4-5pm, followed by dancing and music until 10pm. The venue has plenty of free parking, good food, and live music every Sunday.
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Metronome Salsa Social

Event Type:  Salsa Lesson & Dancing
Cost:  $15
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  The Metronome Salsa Social is typically held every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month at the Monte Cristo Club in San Francisco. Salsa, Mambo, and Bachata played by popular Bay Area DJs. Simultaneous beginner and intermediate group classes at 4PM, followed by social dancing until 8PM. Classes are included with cover. Catering to all levels of dancers, beginners warmly welcome!
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Salsa Team Performs for Golden State Warriors

Posted April 28, 2017 by

Warriors fans were treated to a salsa and bachata dance performance last month when the San Jose State University’s salsa team, Spartan Mambo, performed during their halftime show.

The four minute routine was performed as a part of the Golden State Warriors’ Latino Heritage Night event, which also featured a pre-game show by a Folkloriko group. Good job promoting salsa dancing to a crowd of over 30,000 people!

2017 SF Salsa Festival Coming Next Month!

Posted February 20, 2017 by Takeshi

2017 SF Salsa Festival

The 9th Annual SF Salsa Festival is coming up next month, March 17th-18th! The SF Salsa Festival is the largest annual salsa event in San Francisco, featuring top international salsa performers & instructors, live salsa music, and dancing until 4am each night!

This year’s headliners include World Champions Jefferson & Adrianita from Colombia, Alma Latina Dance Company, Omambo Dance Project, Harold & Regan, and more. There will be live music on both nights with Grammy-award winners on Friday night and the legendary New Swing Sextet on Saturday night.

Ticket prices for the event will be going up later this month, so we recommend getting your tickets now at the SF Salsa Festival website. This is one salsa event you won’t want to miss!

World Salsa Championships 2016 Results!

Posted December 12, 2016 by Takeshi

The World Salsa Championships is an international salsa dance competition that brings together some of the best salsa dancers from around for what some call the “Olympics of Salsa”. Dancers qualify to compete at the WSC by competing and placing at other top international salsa competitions such as the World Salsa Summit, World Latin Dance Cup, and World Salsa Open.
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Bay Area Salsa Bachata Festival Coming Next Month!

Posted November 25, 2016 by Takeshi

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The 1st annual Bay Area Salsa Bachata Festival is coming up in just a few short weeks!

The Bay Area Salsa Bachata Festival is a 2-day long Latin dance event featuring 6+ hours of dance workshops with top instructors, exciting dance performances from top teams from LA and the Bay Area, and dancing until 3am. There are two rooms for dancing each night for salseros and bachateros, and live music on Friday night with Antonio Bliss.

This is one event you won’t want to miss! Make sure to get your tickets this week at BayAreaSalsaBachata.com before prices go up!

2016 Halloween Salsa Parties

Posted October 27, 2016 by Takeshi

Halloween Salsa Party

Looking to go out dancing this weekend in your latest Halloween costume? Here’s our annual guide to Halloween salsa events going on in the Bay Area:
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