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Looking for places to take salsa lessons in Bay Area? Well look no further! Here's a complete list of salsa lessons available in the Bay Area compiled by the Salsa Vida SF Team.


Afro Cuban Rumba Workshop Series

Location: Redwood City
Cost: $120 pre-registration, $135 at the door
Instructors: Yenne Guibert
Description: A 4-week long Afro Cuban Rumba series taught by Yenne Guibert, the founder of the highest regarded folkloric dance group in Havana,Cuba. The curriculum includes AfroCuban specific body movement, vocabularies, and phrases to teach you the exact motions utilized. Then, we will build a short but comprehensive class presentation routine over the 4 weeks. The series allows dancers to work on material progressively. Series registered dancers will have the opportunity to participate in the 'Rumba Challenge' to perform a rumba routine at a local club at the end of the series. Pre-registration discount is $120 for 8 hours of instructions @ sandy_chao@yahoo.com. $135 at the door. Visit www.mambogroovin.com for more details.
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Allegro Beg/Int Lessons

Location: Emeryville
Cost: $8 Members, $12 Non-Members
Instructors: Garry Johnson
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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April 2018 Salsa Crash Course Series w/ Irene

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $90-$100
Instructors: Irene Silva
Description: Learn the fundamentals of Salsa to confidently get you out on the dance floor and having fun during our 4-week crash course. This is a progressive course working with the same group of people for 4 weeks. Drop-ins ($25) ONLY for dancers that have participated in the past. No partner or experience necessary.
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Bachata with Maria

Location: San Mateo
Cost: $15 Drop-in/ $120 for 10 Class Pass
Instructors: Maria Zhukovskaya
Description: Join Maria Zhukovskaya for weekly Bachata class on Wednesday nights. All adults (18+) are welcome, with or without experience. Maria likes focusing on the sensual style of Bachata with footwork (shines).
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Bailamos Salsa Rueda Wednesdays

Location: Santa Cruz
Cost: $7 General, $5 for Students
Instructors: Bailamos Salsa Rueda
Description: Salsa rueda lessons taught every Wednesday night at the Santa Cruz Portuguese Hall by Bailamos Salsa Rueda, followed by social dancing. Salsa lessons are for beginner, intermediate, and advanced rueda dancers.
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Boogie Woogie Ballroom

Location: Foster City
Cost: $16 drop-in; $12.50-$15 w/BWB Class Card
Instructors: Ylva Wintzell (Bachata), Samy Makar (Salsa)
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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Cuba Descarga Salsa Dance Party

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $10
Instructors: N/A
Description: Cuban salsa music and dancing every Sunday at El Valenciano in San Francisco from 6-11pm. Most Sundays feature live Cuban salsa music!
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Cuban Salsa & Rueda Classes

Location: San Francisco
Cost: Drop ins per class: $15 debit/credit or $14 cash/check
Instructors: Alvaro Batista
Description: The Salsa Lab hosts Cuban Salsa and Casino Rueda classes in San Francisco every Monday. The progressive series begin on the first Monday of every month. Beginning Cuban Salsa Series: A progressive Cuban Salsa class that starts on the first Monday of every month. It focuses on students who are new to Cuban Salsa. The class begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8:00pm. Intermediate Cuban Salsa & Casino Rueda Series: This class builds on the foundation learned in the Beginning Cuban Salsa class. This class focuses on the basics of Rueda de Casino (formation, various ways of swapping partners, leading and following and basic turns). We'll cover the basics at the beginning of each month and will progress into more complex turns and calls as the weeks progress. The class begins at 8:00pm and ends at 9:30pm. No partner necessary.
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Cuban Salsa at MCCLA

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $12
Instructors: Multiple
Description: Beginning and intermediate Cuba Salsa lessons every Tuesday and Thursday night at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. These classes a great way to learn how to connect the music with the dance and learn more about Cuban culture. The beginner/intermediate class on Tuesdays teaches the basic steps and the fundamentals of solo and partner dancing. The intermediate/advanced class on Thursdays focus on improving your skills and styles and providing you with new tricks to show off in the clubs.
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Cuban Salsa Lessons in SF

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $12
Instructors: Ramon Ramos Alayo
Description: Cuban salsa lessons taught at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco every Monday and Wednesday by Ramon Ramos Alayo. In his class, Ramon teaches basic Cuban footwork, style, and musicality as well as complex turn patterns. No partner necessary, wear comfortable clothes.
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Dance Boulevard Salsa

Location: San Jose
Cost: $14
Instructors: Hans Schmidt
Description: Salsa lessons with Hans every Monday and Tuesday night at Dance Boulevard in San Jose. Learn from an experienced instructor who breaks down the followers & leaders roles from basic footwork to styling. Class goes from basic fundamentals up to advanced concepts and patterns in the second hour.
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Eleguá Salsa Tuesdays

Location: San Jose
Cost: $18 drop-in
Instructors: Darwin & Helena
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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Free Latin Dance Thursdays

Location: Emeryville
Cost: Free
Instructors: Tytus Bergstrom & LiWen Ang
Description: Free Latin dance classes every Thursday at the Bay Street Courtyard in Emeryville. Dance in the beautiful open summer night... bring friends and meet new ones! DJ Soto playing music from 7:30pm - 9pm. Each week - Raffle for $25 giftcard to merchant of your choice.
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Freestyle Salsa Tuesdays

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $15
Instructors: Garry Johnson
Description: Learn social dancing from the dance worlds of Salsa, Timba, Son, Cha Cha Cha (depending on who shows up) with experienced "freestyle salsa" instructor Garry Johnson. Classes every Tuesday @7:45-8:45 PM at Genesis DanceSport Studio on Clement Street in Inner Richmond (SF). $15 drop-in. Packages available.
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Kizomba Class In Emeryville

Location: Emeryville
Cost: $15 for Class & Practica
$5 for Practica Only
Instructors: Fleur and Aziza
Description: Come join Kizomba Bay Area every Monday at Isabelle’s Studio in Emeryville for 2 hours of Kizomba Foundation Classes with Fluer & Aziza. All levels are welcome. This class is focused to help improve your Kizomba foundation, technique, movement and musicality on the dance floor! No partner necessary. This class will be targeted for both beginners & experienced dancers who want to improve their fundamental technique for fluidity on the dance floor. We are located next to the FedEx Building. There are two unit 6007s in the building. We are around the corner opposite the FedEx building!
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Kizomba Mondays @ Got Kizomba U

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15 drop-in; discounts available for multiple classes
Instructors: Emile & Veronika
Description: Every Monday night, we start with a FREE Intro to Kizomba at 7pm, followed by Kizomba 1a lessons for beginners, a 30-minute practica, and Kizomba 1b lessons for continuing dancers. Cost is $15 drop-in, with discounts available for multiple classes. Easy to get to from 19th St BART, and free parking available in the lot and on the street. Check out our Kizomba Thursdays classes and social too!
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Latin Connection Dance

Location: Berkeley
Cost: $12 drop-in
$45 for 6 classes for members $55 for 6 classes for non-members
Instructors: Ruth Caspary
Description: Salsa dancing lessons and practice every Tuesday night at the YWCA Berkeley taught by Ruth Caspary. Beginning lessons from 6:30-7:30pm, followed by Bridge (learn key moves, next level after Beginner) lessons from 7:30pm. Followed by Taco Tuesday and dancing at Spats on Shattuck and University until midnight.
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Latin Nights With Dsantos Dance

Location: Petaluma
Cost: $13 to Drop-in (1 Class)
$20 to Drop-in (2 Classes)
Instructors: Tyler Crandall and Misha Bailey
Description: Latin Nights With Dsantos Dance are held every Wednesday night in Petaluma with Tyler Crandall and Misha Bailey of Dsantos Dance CA. The first salsa lesson begins at 7:00pm and is designed for beginners or experienced dancers who want to polish their fundamentals. The second lesson begins at 8:15pm and is designed for intermediate dancers. Drop ins are welcome. No Partner Required.
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Latin Symbolics Salsa On 1 Wednesdays

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $14 one class or $20 both classes
Instructors: Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman
Description: Beginner and Intermediate level salsa lessons taught "On 1" with Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman, the directors of the Latin Symbolics. Beginner lessons at 7:30pm, intermediate at 8:30pm.
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Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie

Location: San Francisco
Cost: Free
Instructors: N/A
Description: Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie!, the open-air salsa dance party in Jessie Square (near the Contemporary Jewish Museum), takes place on the third Thursday of each month from May to September from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Live salsa music and free entry!
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Lunchtime Salsa at Studio 1924

Location: Oakland
Cost: $12 w/o lunch, $18 w/lunch
Instructors: Garry Johnson
Description: A 45-minute salsa lesson during lunchtime at Studio 1924 in Oakland. Taught by experienced salsa dancer Garry Johnson. The class is aimed at beginner dancers, but can be tailored to the people who shows up. No partner necessary.
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ODC Salsa

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $14 for one class ($1 cash discount)
Instructors: Gabriel Romero and Victoria Ruskovoloshina
Description: New York style mambo classes by Gabriel Romero, taught at the esteemed Oberlin Dance Collective School of Rhythm and Motion in San Francisco.
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On2 Salsa Classes w/ Luis Aguilar

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $20
Instructors: Luis Aguilar
Description: Beginner & intermediate on2 salsa & cha cha lessons taught every Sunday 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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Pick School Salsa Lessons

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $16 drop-in
Instructors: Wes Cayabyab
Description: Salsa dancing lessons at the Pick School of Ballroom Dancing in San Francisco. Cost is $16 for drop-ins, with discounts available if you purchase multiple weeks at once. First class is free, see the Pick School website for more details.
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Roccapulco Salsa Thursdays

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $10 before 10pm
Instructors: N/A
Description: Live salsa music and dancing every Thursday night at Roccapulco in San Francisco. Different salsa bands are featured every week. Cover is just $10 before 10pm, and you can also get discounted cover by e-mailing roccapulco@yahoo.com. July schedule: July 10th - N'Rumba July 17th - Julio Bravo July 24th - Mazacote July 31st - Somos El Son Roccapulco also has salsa dancing every Saturday night to DJs and live music.
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Rueda and Rhythm

Location: Oakland
Cost: $14 per class or $30 for a 4-class card
Instructors: Sidney Weaverling and Ryan Mead
Description: A two hour-long salsa and rueda class held every Monday night in Oakland with a special focus on Rhythm and Musicality. Classes start at 7:30pm and 8:30pm with four instructors who teach four different levels simultaneously – we offer Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 all at once. Special rhythm and musicality instruction in Oakland: Every hour at Levels 3 and 4 we will be teaching new rhythmic footwork, timing, and movement exercises to raise your rhythmic awareness and improve your connection to the music. Fun con Ritmo!
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Salsa and Bachata Lessons

Location: Monterey Bay
Cost: $10 per lesson
$18 for 2 lessons
Instructors: Wilfredo Prundencio
Description: Beginning salsa lesson with DJ Willi at Move Studios in Monterey every Tuesday and Thursday. Lesson begins at 7:30pm, followed by a beginning bachata lesson at 8:15pm. Each lesson is $10, or $18 for both lessons. No partner needed.
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Salsa Gente Salsa Rueda

Location: Santa Cruz
Cost: $8 ($4 for students)
Instructors: Salsa Gente's Chris & Jessica
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 Marin

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $15 drop in, discounts for more
Instructors: Mark Ellis & Emily Randall
Description: Beginner class in front studio - no experience necessary. Intermediate/Advanced class in back studio - learn interesting patterns Very comfortable atmosphere, nice teachers, friendly class. Class often goes out dancing to a club in Marin after class.
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Salsa On 2 With Gabriel

Location: Emeryville
Cost: $15
Instructors: Gabriel Romero
Description: Salsa On2 classes with Gabriel Romero. This class is an intermediate level on2 class with footwork and partner combinations. Gabriel performs regularly with partner Victoria Ruskovoloshina, directs the Mambo Romero Dance Company and runs the popular weekly social at San Francisco's El Valenciano.
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Salsa on Time

Location: Hayward
Cost: $10
Instructors: Nelson
Description: Salsa lessons every Thursday evening from 7-9pm in downtown Hayward at Chalk It Up. The cost is $10 per lesson. All ages welcome.
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Salsa Rueda at the Tannery

Location: Santa Cruz
Cost: $7 General, $5 for Students
Instructors: Bailamos Salsa Rueda
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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Salsa Rueda Class

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $12
Instructors: Ramon Ramos Alayo
Description: Salsa Rueda (aka Rueda de Casino) lessons at the Dance Mission Theater in SF taught by veteran instructor Ramon Ramos Alayo. Salsa Rueda is a dance where couples dance in a circle, and was developed in Havana, Cuba. Everyone dances together in a circle, dancing simultaneously to the caller's commands. Experience with Cuban salsa dancing required.
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Salsa Rueda ODC

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $13 a class
Instructors: Ryan Mead
Description: Beginning and intermediate Miami-style Salsa and Havana-style Casino rueda moves taught every Thursday at the ODC Dance Commons by veteran Rueda-instructor Ryan Mead.
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Salsa Rueda Workshop

Location: Pleasanton
Cost: $20 preregister, $25 at the door
Instructors: Danielle Sigura and Miguel Portales
Description: Come out for this rare opportunity to learn & dance Salsa Rueda. No experience necessary, all are welcome! Register up to a week in advance for a discount.
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Salsa Thursdays Pleasant Hill

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $15
Instructors: WJP Dance
Description: Salsa lessons every Thursday night at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. We offer two classes, an beginner and advanced class, with classes beginning at 7:00pm. Classes end with a social segment to let everyone put everything they learned to the test!
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Salsa With Carolyn

Location: San Mateo
Cost: $12 Drop-in/ 10 for $100
Instructors: Carolyn Barreno
Description: On1 classes taught by World Salsa Champion Carolyn Barreno at Dance Vita Ballroom in San Mateo. The evening starts with a beginner lesson at 8pm, followed by an intermediate lesson at 9pm. No experience necessary for the beginner lesson. No partner needed. Discounts available when purchasing a package.
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Salsa With Carolyn

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $15 Drop-in, 5 Sundays for $60, 10 Sundays for $100
Instructors: Carolyn Barreno
Description: Salsa lessons with World Salsa Champion Carolyn Barreno at Metronome Dance in San Francisco. Beginner lesson on Sunday begins at 3pm (30 minutes), followed by an Open Level technique/shines class at 3:30pm (30 minutes) and an Intermediate partnering lesson at 4pm (60 minutes). Open lesson is recommended for dancers of all levels. Intermediate lesson is recommended for dancers with 6+ months of salsa experience. Lessons are provided on a “Day Pass” payment format: pay for only 1 class per Sunday, dance as many as you can. Drop-ins welcome. No partner needed. Discounts available when purchasing a package.
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Salsa With Juan

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15
Instructors: Juan Gil
Description: Beginning and intermediate level salsa lessons taught by Juan Gil in Oakland every Tuesday night.
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Salsa With Juan

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15
Instructors: Juan Gil
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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Salsa With Tianne

Location: San Francisco
Cost: $15 drop-in, $50 for 4 classes, $80 for 8 classes
Instructors: Tianne Frias
Description: Salsa classes taught by 3-time World Salsa Championships finalist Tianne Frias at the Danzhaus Center in San Francisco. Monday classes start at 7pm, followed by an intermediate lesson at 9pm. Beginner lessons on Tuesdays begin at 7pm. No experience necessary for the beginner lessons, discounts available when purchasing as a package.
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Salsa With Tiffany

Location: Oakland
Cost: Beginner:
$12 drop-in, or $40 for 4 classes
Intermediate:
$15 drop-in, or $45 for 4 classes
Advanced:
$15 drop-in, or $50 for 4 classes
Ladies Styling:
$20 drop-in. or $70 for 4 classes
Instructors: Tiffany Wu & Choyling
Description: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced salsa lessons by Tiffany Wu, with the focus of leading and following skills, which enables one to dance with anyone with ease and style. (more…)
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Salsa With Tomaj

Location: Orinda
Cost: $15 drop-in
Instructors: Tomaj Trenda
Description: Monday night salsa classes in Orinda with Tomaj Trenda.
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Salsa Workshop @ Studio 1924

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15 pre-pay, $20 drop-in
Instructors: Angie Seminario & Rob Herrera
Description: This workshop will cover basic fundamentals, footwork and partner work taught by longtime Salsamania Angie Seminario & Big Rob Herrera. Together they have many years of performance, social dance and teaching experience. Get ready to work hard and have a great time. Comfortable clothes and dance shoes are recommended. FREE PARKING!
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Salsamania Salsa Mondays

Location: Oakland
Cost: $15 drop-in, $50 for 4 week series
Instructors: John Narvaez & Liz Rojas
Description: Salsa lessons taught by John & Liz of Salsamania Dance Company at the Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland every Monday. There are classes of two difficulty levels, beginner and intermediate, followed by open floor practice so you can practice your new moves.
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Sunday Salsa Rueda Berkeley

Location: Berkeley
Cost: $13/1 class, $17/2 classes, $18/ all 3 classes
Instructors: Nicholas Van Eyck
Description: A salsa rueda series class taught by Nicholas Van Eyck at the Beat in Berkeley. The class features Salsa Suelta from 6-7pm, Beg/Int Salsa Cubana and Rueda de Casino from 7-8pm, and Int/Adv Salsa Rueda from 8-9pm. Discount prices if you purchase multiple classes, drop-ins welcome.
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The Get Down Salsa

Location: San Jose
Cost: $16 (monthly passes available)
Instructors: Alyssa Aguilar
Description: Salsa lessons with Alyssa Aguilar every Sunday and Thursday at The Get Down studio in Japan Town in San Jose. Learn beginner and intermediate salsa patterns, body movement, and more in a fun and friendly environment.
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Tuesday Salsa & Bachata Classes

Location: San Jose
Cost: $15 drop-in, $50 monthly
Instructors: Carolyn Barreno & Stefan Trandafirescu
Description: Salsa and bachata lessons every Tuesday night at the Rose Ballroom in San Jose. Beginner friendly salsa on 1 classes from 8-8:45pm followed by bachata lessons from 8:45-9:30pm, and open practice until 10pm. Drop-ins welcome, no partner necessary.
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Weekly Salsa Class Danville

Location: Danville
Cost: $12
Instructors: Jeffery Dullum
Description: Salsa class focusing on strong development of the basics and foundation. Step by step 4 week progressive series structured to create confidence and knowledge in the beginning student and expand the advanced. Class has a strong emphasis on social dancing. The main goal of class is to provide you with the technique and vocabulary to go anywhere and enjoy social dancing.
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YWCA Salsa Classes

Location: Berkeley
Cost: $12 per class
Instructors: Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman
Description: Salsa lessons every Tuesday night at the YWCA in Berkeley taught by veteran salsa instructors Ava Apple and Rodolfo Guzman. Beginning salsa lessons at 7pm and intermediate patterns at 8pm. Partner not required.
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