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(Salsa dancing events for Friday, December 8, 2023)

Salsa Classes in San Mateo

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson
Cost:  $25 per person, packages available
Location:  San Mateo
Description:  Salsa lessons every Tuesday and Friday night at the Motion Arts Center in downtown San Mateo. The classes will teach you all you need to start enjoying salsa dancing. Even if you've never danced in your life, the classes will teach you to feel comfortable dancing with a partner. You’ll leave each class excited for the next lesson! Tuesdays: 7pm-8pm: Beginner salsa class 8pm-9pm: Intermediate salsa class Fridays: 8pm-9pm: Beginner salsa class Social dance party on the 1st Friday of the month
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Cigar Bar

Event Type:  Music & Dancing
Cost:  $15
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Salsa night at The Cigar Bar & Grill, a unique San Francisco restaurant & bar located in historic Jackson Square, featuring salsa dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Live salsa music on most nights with different salsa bands. For complete line-up and more information visit
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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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Dance Fridays at Space 550

Event Type:  Salsa & Bachata Lesson, Social Dancing, Live Music
Cost:  $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Location:  San Francisco
Description:  Live music and dancing every Friday night at Space 550 in San Francisco. Doors open at 7:30pm followed by a beginner salsa and bachata lesson at 8pm. No experience or partner necessary. There are two rooms for dancing with a different live salsa band every week. Dancing until 2:30am every Friday night with a full bar for drinks. 21+.
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Salsa Bachata Fridays Walnut Creek

Event Type:  Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Cost:  $20 for lesson and social, $10 social only
Location:  Walnut Creek
Description:  Salsa and bachata party every Friday night at Tip Top Ballroom in Walnut Creek. Beginner dance lessons by Tomaj Trenda from 8pm-9:30pm followed by a night of dancing to salsa, bachata, cha cha cha, and more.
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Salsa Calendar Updated for 2023

Posted January 4, 2023 by

Happy New Year! Our Salsa Calendar of the SF Bay Area has been updated for 2023! You can find all the salsa lessons, socials and festivals happening this year on our calendar. If you know of any events that are happening that aren’t listed, please submit it! Here’s to a happy new year of salsa dancing in 2023!

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Mask Mandates Return to the Bay Area

Posted August 2, 2021 by Takeshi

Starting midnight on Monday, August 2nd, mask mandates will return to many counties in the Bay Area, requiring everyone (even vaccinated people) to wear masks when indoors. The new mandate affects Santa Clara county, Alameda county, Contra Costa county, Marin county, San Francisco county, San Mateo county, Sonoma county and the city of Berkeley. This is not great news for…

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Benny & Ashley Workshop in San Francisco

Posted July 3, 2021 by Takeshi

Famed mambo dancers Benny Ayala and Ashley Magana from Portland will be teaching a special workshop next Sunday in San Francisco! The workshop will be hosted at the Verdi Club in SF, with workshops going from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. The first hour will be footwork, followed by an hour of partnerwork. The social dancing starts at 6pm and will run…

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Tania Cannarsa Workshop in San Jose

Posted June 30, 2021 by Takeshi

World-renowned salsa artist Tania Cannarsa will be teaching a special workshop next Tuesday at Mambo Flames! Tania Cannarsa, based in Milan, Italy, is one of the top female salsa dancers in the world and she will be teaching a workshop on afro mambo footwork and body movement. She will also be debuting her latest dance routine. This is one event…

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Salsa is Back in the Bay!

Posted May 9, 2021 by Takeshi

With COVID restrictions starting to lift in California, salsa events are returning again to the Bay Area! Salsa instructors are offering in-person classes outdoors or limited-capacity indoors, and salsa socials are starting to return as well!

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