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UPDATE: This event is now held on Saturdays and is called Hot Salsa Saturday.

Hot Salsa Friday is one of the biggest dance events in the South Bay held at the D’venue (formerly the Dance Spectrum) in Campbell. HSF features beginning and intermediate dance lessons, a complimentary dinner, and dancing until 12am in the morning.


Event: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party Salsa Dancing Gifts
Date: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Fridays of the month
Time: 7-8pm – Beginner Lesson, 8-9pm – Intermediate Lesson, 9pm-12am – Dancing
Cost: $12 General, $10 Students
Instructors: Ricardo Sanchez & Cristina Martinez
Address: D'Venue Studio
1282 White Oaks Road
Campbell, CA 95008
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Contact: (408) 218-4088
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Our Review:

Hot Salsa Friday (aka HSF) is without a doubt one my favorite places to go salsa dancing in the Bay Area. Hosted on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday of every month, HSF is one of the biggest salsa events in the South Bay.

The event is held in the Dance Spectrum (edit: now D'Venue) in Campbell, which is a spacious dance studio so you have plenty of room to dance, with a great floor and plenty of parking. However, they aren't kidding when they say "Hot" Salsa Friday, so be sure to bring a towel or a change of clothes, because you will be sweating!

Hot Salsa Friday frequently has shows and performances from top Bay Area salsa teams as well as salsa competitions throughout the year. The dancing is great too, and you'll be able to find someone to dance with whether you're a beginner or a pro. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

Update: The event has been ending early lately (midnight) due to noise complaints. They are currently in the process of getting permits to stay open later, but until they do I'm docking a star for closing too early.

HSF draws a great crowd, and has a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Since HSF is an all ages venue (a ballroom with a huge dance floor), its also one of the few places that tends to draw a younger crowd and even offers a student discount with ID. The music gets better as the night goes on, and very much caters to the mambo dancers.

HSF has been around for many years, and is run by non other than Ricardo Sanchez, organizer of the SF Salsa Congress and US Open. As a result its a venue that really draws the bay area salsa community as a whole, and is popular with everyone from first timers to long time professional dancers.

User Reviews:

Jun 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

7 people found this review helpful

One of my favorite places to go dancing! There’s such a wide range of dancers, and the free chinese food with admission makes it a great deal! Just remember to dress lightly because it literally gets hot and steamy!

+all ages
+great for beginners
+free chinese food with admission
+large, friendly, diverse crowd
+spacious dance floor
+water dispenser
-poor ventilation

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Jul 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

3 people found this review helpful

This is one of my favorite salsa venues, though I’ve never attended the classes, I heard good reviews. Parking is available even if you come late, which I always do. I personally don’t eat the food there, because it’s not super high quality, but it’s free. There’s always a good crowd consisting of people of all ages from all over the bay area. The floor can be a bit slippery for those with aged dance shoes, so a shoe brush is a good idea. There are usually cups for water in the back and iced bottled water for purchase in the front by the buffet. This event literally gets hot so dress appropriately!

– Free Parking
– Close to Freeway
– Good variety of music
– Quality, spacious dance floor
– Free buffet with admission
– All ages, diverse crowd
– Beginner and Intermediate classes
– Free water and cheap bottled water

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Jul 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm

2 people found this review helpful

One of the best dance venues in the bay.

Has the whole range of dancers from novice to professionals.
Dancer-friendly DJ music (short songs, great selection of songs).
Regularly features performances and competitions for entertainment.
Spacious sprung wood floor.
Attracts dancers from SF, east bay, all the way to Santa Cruz and Monterey. Many drive over an hour to attend this biweekly event.
All ages – very popular with students of nearby colleges including Stanford, Santa Clara U, SJSU.

Gets pretty hot, especially in the summer months.

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Jul 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

1 person found this review helpful

I give this place a 5+

Let me tell you why.

– Lots of free parking
– Nice area/location
– Big dance floor with lots of room
– Free buffet with admissions
– I am a regular here every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.
– I have danced with people from all over the place who come here
– Highly recommended for those who wants to learn and grow.

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Aug 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm

1 person found this review helpful

Fantastic and fun place to mingle and dance with a wide variety of beginner to advanced dancers of all ages. Always has a lively crowd primarily in the 20-35 year range and great DJ. With a student ID the admittance is a mere $10.00 for both lessons and a tasty buffet dinner (usually Chinese food). The dance floor is spacious and the place has a friendly studio atmosphere. There are two fans but little ventilation so it gets quite hot indoors; bringing water and towels is a great idea. Lots of parking around the studio but park in well lit areas for some cars were broken into during the last year. Highly recommend checking this place out, just bring some Gatorade along.

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Jul 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

The name says alot! HSF is one of the best places in the southbay to go if you really want to dance!! Great dancers and awesome music by DJ El de la Clave. Bring a towel, an extra t-shirt and don’t expect to go home early. :)

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Jul 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

This is the best social in the South Bay. They have a huge dance floor, performances, lessons, and lot’s of top notch dancers to social dance with. Just know that it’s truly a HOT salsa Friday. Guys wear short sleeves and girls wear light dresses.

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Jul 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I love this place. I live in San Francisco and i’m telling you its’ worth the drive.. You should go!! good music and good dancers!! But it’s hot so dont’ wear too much clothes! lol

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Jul 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

THE most fun salsa event I’ve been to. Good for all ages so no ID no problem! Lots of good dancers and great for beginners. The 1st, 3rd, and 5th fridays are all marked on my calender for the rest of the year so I dont miss a single one. :)

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Jul 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

awesome place to dance and great people :)

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Jul 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Definitely one of the best salsa events to go to in the bay area.
– Very friendly crowd
– Dancers from the entire spectrum: beginner to professional
– Open to under 21 folks
– Lots of parking
– Free buffet or you can walk across the street to Chipotle :D

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Jul 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

There aren’t many dance company socials in the SF Bay Area. This one is one of the few and one of the longest running. It’s a nice large dance floor and draws a good crowd more often than not. It’s where i learned how to salsa dance and the last place I danced before moving to NY. It has a nice balance of on1 and on2 dancers with the more advanced dancers to the left of the studio. The music is great and the party lasts late for all ages. Come and enjoy!

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Oct 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

HSF will have a new house.. i heard is a great location, see you all at the grand opening!!
Oct 21st..

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May 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I love the ambience of the place. It has a nicely decorated hall. The Hall is very big so you get enough room to dance. The entrance fee($12/non-student,$10/student ) includes dinner which is really a good deal. You can buy Water at a dollar, not bad. Overall, A+.

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May 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

This is a great salsa venue for dancers of all levels. Hot Salsa Friday has two classes before the social dancing begins: one for beginners (about an hour long) and one for intermediate dancers (also about an hour long). In addition, students get in for a discounted price (with ID) and dinner is included.. can’t really go wrong! Plus it is a great place to meet new people and brush up on your dancing skills. An added bonus is the “Jack and Jill” competition– when this takes place it makes for great entertainment (if you enjoy watching) and an even more rewarding experience if you plan to compete!

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