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Past Events

Below is a listing of past salsa events collected for archival purposes. For a listing of current events in the Bay Area, see our Salsa Events Calendar.


SFSBK Congress

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba Congress
Date: Friday, November 15th - Sunday, November 17th, 2019
Description: The 2019 San Francisco Salsa Bachata Kizomba (SFSBK) Congress is a three day long dance festival featuring 24-hours of dance instructions, world-class dance performances, and dancing until 6am every night. Held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel, the 2019 SFSBK Congress features such renowned artists such as Yamulee Dance Company and Eddie Torres Jr from New York, G-YA from Korea, Panagiotis & Myrto from Greece, Adolfo & Amneris from Italy, and many more.
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Cairo Cabaret

Event Type: Belly Dancing Lesson, Salsa Fusion Social
Date: Every Thursday
Description: Belly dance classes and performances every Thursday night at El Valenciano in San Francisco, followed by social dancing to Salsa/Latin Mix and Arabic music by DJ Nik, and fantastic Middle Eastern food at the Valencia Grill. 8:30-9pm: Belly dance class 9:30 and 10:30 pm: Belly dance (and other) performances Open dance floor until midnight including Salsa, Latin music, and Arabic music $5 cover charge or $15 w/ Middle Eastern dinner
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Bella Dance Weekender

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: March 8th-March 9th, 2019
Description: The 1st annual Bella Dance Weekender is a Latin Dance festival aimed at celebrating and empowering women. The event will feature top international dance instructors such as Jorjet Alcocer, Tamara Valle, Natasha Tia and more, a Ladies Dance Team competition, and dancing every night until 2:30am. Open to all genders!
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Latin Social Night

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 2nd Saturday
Description: Salsa, bachata and cha cha chac every 2nd Saturday of the month at Dance Vita Ballroom in San Matero. Salsa class with Carolyn Barreno and Maria Zhukovskaya from 8-8:30pm followed by dancing until 11pm, featuring music by DJ Super Chino.
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San Jose Bachata Nights

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Monday
Description: Bachata lessons and dancing every Monday night at El Taurino in downtown San Jose. Bachata lesson from 8-9pm, followed by social dancing (salsa and bachata) until 1am.
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Eleguá Salsa Tuesdays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Tuesday
Description: Beginner and intermediate salsa lessons every Tuesday night at On One Dance Studio in San Jose. Beginner Salsa 7:30-8:30pm with Darwin and Helena, followed by Intermediate Salsa 8:30-9:30pm with Dawin and Helena First time class takers and new visitors at the studio gets to take the class free!
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Agave Salsa in Concord

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Friday
Description: Salsa & bachata lessons and dancing every Friday night at Agave Grill & Cantina in Concord. Dance lessons for all levels from 8-9pm, followed by dancing until 2am to modern bachata and salsa music. Full bar. No partner necessary.
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South Bay Salsa Bachata

Event Type: 8:30pm - 1:00am
Date: Every Friday
Description: Salsa lessons every Friday evening at SJ Live in downtown San Jose, followed by dancing all night to the best salsa dura and bachata music by DJ Danny. Also featuring live music from local salsa bands. (more…)
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Salsa Bachata Summer Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, August 4th 2018
Description: Come on out for the largest summer dance party in the East Bay! Hosted at the Mark Ballas Dance Center in Pleasanton, the event includes beginning dance lessons in salsa and bachata, followed by a night of dancing. 2 dance rooms, playing salsa, bachata, kizomba, cha cha, and more and dance performances by local dance teams. (more…)
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Salsa on the Patio

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Sundays
Description: Come and dance Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia & more at the Aloha Club a beautiful outdoor / indoor venue enjoy the sunset, great music food is available $7 mojitos beer by the bucket, great dance floor under the trees which makes it 10 to 15 degrees cooler than surrounding areas come and join us every Sunday from 5 to 11 pm. (more…)
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Salsa in the Park

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Sunday, May 20th 2018
Description: The 7th annual Salsa in the Park Festival held at Discovery Meadow Park in downtown San Jose. The event features live salsa music from Jerry Rivera and 4 local salsa bands, salsa dance lessons, food, drink and more. All ages welcome, free for children under 14 years of age.
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Salchata Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: April - December 2018
Description: Come experience Latin dance culture at On One Studios every 3rd Saturday of the month: Salchata Social ! All skill levels are invited to break barriers, meet new people, and learn something new. Each month we're bringing the most passionate Instructors, World renowned Champions, brand new and seasoned dancers, friends & family, all under one roof to enjoy a night of GOOD VIBES, GOOD COMPANY, ALL LOVE! Enjoy the FULL EXPERIENCE with TWO dance classes (Salsa and Bachata), Live DJ + Open Floor dancing, Photobooth, light refreshments/ food, and LIVE performances throughout the night! No partner or prior experience necessary. Dress code is casual; salsa/bachata shoes encouraged, but not required. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.
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Janu-Rally Pre-Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, January 26th 2018
Description: Pre-party for the Janu-Rally Salsa Festival, organized by the salsa clubs from SJSU, CSULB, and Cal Poly. Come dance the night away to the music of DJ Stylez and support the next generation of salsa dancers!
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Janu-Rally Salsa Festival

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Festival
Date: Saturday, January 27th 2018
Description: Support the next generation of salsa dancers at the Janu-Rally Salsa Festival, organized by students from SJSU, CSULB, and Cal Poly. This event includes eight different workshops, from bachata to zouk, to tricks and salsa on 2! Also includes social dancing until 3am and a pre-party! Get your tickets now!
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Noche Latina

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social, Live Music
Date: Every 2nd Saturday
Description: Every 2nd Saturday at Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville! Gabriel Romero and Vika present Noche Latina with different live salsa band every month! All ages welcome.
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San Francisco Social Club

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Friday
Description: Beginner salsa lessons every Friday. 4 week series, with a social on the last Friday of the month. See the event website for the latest class schedule.
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Stanford Salsa Fest 2018 w/ Griselle Ponce

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, January 19th 2018
Description: Stanford's biggest salsa social to date, featuring the "Mambo Diva" Griselle Ponce from New York. The social will feature a Mambo Fundamentals lesson by Griselle, a Jack and Jill competition, a "Diva" theme costume contest, dance performances, and social dancing until midnight. Because this venue is used specifically for dancing, there is a *NO STREET SHOES* policy, as they may ruin the flooring. Please wear dancing shoes only! All ages welcome, free street parking. (more…)
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Spartan Mambo Holiday Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, December 1st 2017
Description: A holiday themed salsa dancing social organized by Spartan Mambo. Beginner salsa dance lessons from 8:30-9:30pm, followed by dancing until midnight. Live music by the SJSU Latin Jazz Ensemble and top bachata & salsa music from DJ Stylez. Special performances from local dance teams. The event is held at Spartan Complex Central on the San Jose State University campus. All ages welcome.
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Spartan Mambo Halloween Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, October 27th 2017
Description: A Halloween themed salsa dancing social organized by Spartan Mambo. Beginner salsa dance lessons from 8:30-9:30pm, followed by dancing until midnight. Special performances from local dance teams. The event is held at Spartan Complex Central on the San Jose State University campus. All ages welcome. Bring a costume!
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Mambonova Halloween Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Description: Hector Reyes & Mambonova Dance Co. Present: MAMBONOVA HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY Grab your costume and join us on Saturday, October 28, 2017. There will be a costume contest! Top 3 best costumes will get a prize. Award prizes for the 3 best outfits is $300 in cash, and 2 VIP seating to the Reno Latin Dance Festival! There will be no floor shows, only the costume contests so we can enjoy more social dancing. DJs this evening will be DJ-Mundo, DJ-Wiillie, and DJ-El Chino.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: August 11, 12, & 13, 2017
Description: The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (formerly known as the “San Jose Jazz Festival”) is the largest outdoor music festival in San Jose. Held every year in downtown San Jose by the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is a massive music event that spans multiple city blocks, and features musicians from around the world playing a wide variety of genres including Jazz, Swing, Blues, and Salsa. The salsa dancing takes place at the Salsa Stage, and is one of the largest outdoor salsa dancing events of the year. The music spans the gamut of salsa genres from Latin Jazz to Salsa Dura and Cuban Salsa. This year’s lineup of salsa musicians include: Angélique Kidjo's Tribute to Salsa with Pedrito Martinez, Cabanijazz Project, Carlitos Medrano Band, Brian Andres and the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel, Conjunto Karabali, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Somos el Son, Manny Martinez y La Rebeldia, Lily Hernandez & Orquesta Featuring Calixto Oviedo, and Bay Area Salsa All-Stars ft. Jimmy Bosch. Info and tickets available at summerfest.sanjosejazz.org.
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Salsa Series With Darwin

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Tuesday
Description: There are two salsa series with Darwin Tengco, instructor at Susan's Dance Studio. The first salsa series is an 8 week Beginner class series from May 23 - July 11 7:15pm - 8:15pm every Tuesday. (Drop ins available) The second salsa series is a 10 week Intermediate class series from May 16 - July 11 8:15pm - 9:20pm every Tuesday. (Drop ins available) All series are held at Susan's Dance Studio in San Jose.
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Fiesta with a Purpose

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: August 26, 2017
Description: Join Orchestra Latin Heat and DJ Julian Q for a night of tequila tasting and salsa dancing for a good cause. Ticket includes a Mexican buffet dinner, one drink ticket, and tequila tasting. Shop with a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley is an ethnically led, 100% volunteer driven, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide innovative academic motivation, charitable relief and assistance to at-risk, disenfranchised children in need.
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Salsa with Esme

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Friday
Description: Salsa lessons every Friday with Esme Leon at Igurukul Studios in Santa Clara. Class starts with basic footwork, followed by partnerwork. All ages welcome. No partner necessary.
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Salsa Festival Fillmore

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, July 14th - Saturday, July 15th 2017
Description: The Fillmore Salsa Festival is an annual, outdoor salsa festival held in the Fillmore Center Plaza in San Francisco. The festival features salsa lessons, live salsa music by Koketos All Star Band and Oskar Ly & Rumbalu as well as music from DJ Carlitos Way, and dancing under the stars until 10pm. All ages welcome.
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iLoveMambo Adolfo Weekender

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday, Sept 30th & Sunday, Oct 1st
Description: A weekend-long dance workshop and social with the world-renowned Adolfo Indacochea from Italy hosted by iHeartMambo. 4 hours of workshops on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, followed by dancing in the evening. Space for the workshops is limited, see the event website for prices & availability. The social on Saturday is at the Abada Studio in the Mission, with dancing and performances from 9pm-2am and the dancing on Sunday is at the Women's Building in SF, with dance lessons from 7pm-8pm followed by dancing until 11pm.
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Sabroso Saturdays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Saturday
Description: Live salsa, bachata and more every Saturday at Evolution Nightclub in Sunnyvale. Dance lessons by top salsa instructors. $15 all night, includes free dance lesson and a drink. Some nights can cost more for special bands and performances, call ahead to find out the current price: (415) 410-4663
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Beresford Rec Center Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Thursdays
Description: Beginner to intermediate level at the Beresford Rec Center in San Mateo taught by Tim Michaels and Kimi Wynn, 2 certified instructors with help from friendly TA's.
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Susan’s Dance Studio Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Tuesday
Description: Salsa and bachata lessons every Tuesday night at New Susan's Dance Studio in San Jose. Beginner salsa lessons from 8-9pm followed by bachata lessons from 9-10pm. No partner necessary and all ages welcome!
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Bay Area Salsa Bachata Festival

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, December 9th - Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Description: The Bay Area Salsa Bachata Festival is a 2-day long Latin dance festival featuring 6 hours of dance workshops, 2 rooms for dancing salsa & bachata, and dancing until 3am. The party begins on Friday night at Club Milano in San Jose with dance lessons, performances, and dancing until 3am. The Festival then moves to the CPAA Arts Center on Saturday for a full day of workshops, dance performances, and dancing until 3am. Finish off 2016 right with 2 unforgettable nights of music & dancing!
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