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Bay Area Salsa Teams

The San Francisco Bay is home to some of the most talented and skilled salsa teams in the world. From amateur and student teams to salsa World Champions, there's team for dancers of every skill level. Click on a profile below to find out more about that team.


Afinkao Directors: JC Labio & Tellina Rezzoffi
Location: Oakland
Bio:

Afinkao was formed by JC Labio and Tellina Rezzoffi in 2005 and is recognized for its eclectic and creative choreography. The dance company’s style is a fusion of Afro-Cuban, mambo, jazz, and hip-hop, and is often lauded for its musicality and interpretation.
Afinkao is composed of a professional team, Con Afinke (Semi-Pro) and a training team. The company also hosts Latin…

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Couture Dance Alliance Directors: Luis Aguilar
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

Couture Dance Alliance is one of the top dance companies in the Bay Area. “CDA” as it’s known has been heavily focused on the competitive side of salsa dancing since it’s inception, and has twice placed as the top team in the annual US Salsa Open Championship. They have also represented the Bay Area in the 2010 World Latin Dance…

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Grizzly Dance Company San Jose Directors: Grizzly Hidriago
Location: San Jose
Bio:

Grizzly Dance Company San Jose is the San Jose offshoot of LA-based Grizzly Dance Company (GDC) directed by 2-time World Salsa Champion, Grizzly Hidriago. The team was started in December 2013 when Grizzly became a regular instructor at Playa Bonita, and later Club Milano in San Jose.
Grizzly Dance Company is known for their acrobatic tricks and lifts, and GDC San…

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Los Salseros de Stanford Directors: Salish Harrison
Location: Palo Alto
Bio:

Los Salseros de StanfordĀ is Stanford University’s salsa performance team. They are a student organization dedicated to all things salsa, and are a popular group on the Stanford Campus.
The Stanford Salseros have regular classes, workshops, and a bimonthly party that takes place right on the Stanford grounds and features live music and dancing. The student organization also features a salsa performance…

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Mambo Groovin’ Latin Dance Theater Directors: Sandy Chao
Location: Redwood City
Bio:

Mambo Groovin’ Latin Dance Theater was born on September 11, 2011 as a weekly open class based out of San Francisco. Focusing on the development of Afro-Carribean rhythms and body movement, the class sought to capture the body’s natural movement based upon a solid foundation of spinning technique and solo shines.
The Mambo Groovin’ class soon brought together an experienced group…

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Mambo Romero Directors: Gabriel Romero & Victoria Ruskovoloshina
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

Founded in 1998 by Gabriel Romero, Mambo Romero is a pioneer of the on2, or mambo, style of salsa dancing in the Bay Area. The style of the company has been compared by many to New York style mambo, but Gabriel’s creative choreography has allowed the team to stand apart.
Although the company participated in competition in its earlier years, Mambo…

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MamboNova Directors: Hector Reyes
Location: Redwood City
Bio:

Mambonova Dance Company is the SF Bay Area’s newest salsa dance company. Founded in 2011 by director Hector Reyes, the team has performed at events around the Bay and at the 2011 Las Vegas Salsa Congress.
Mambonova dances in the On2-style (aka mambo), and is one of the few salsa teams located on the Peninsula between San Francisco and the South…

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Montuno Dance Company Directors: Isidro Corona
Location: San Jose
Bio:

Montuno Dance Company is a performance and competition salsa team based out of San Jose. Founded in 2008 and directed by world-class salsa dancers Isidro Corona and Ariel Lehaitre, the team has grown to be one of the largest salsa teams in the South Bay, with dozens of members on its performances and training teams.
Montuno practices in the Dance Boulevard…

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RicaSalsa Directors: Ricardo Tellez & Tianne Frias
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

Rica Salsa was started by Ricardo Tellez in 1999, and since his partnership with Tianne Frias the dance company has gone on to win numerous titles in the Bay Area, culminating in a 1st place finish in the large teams category at the 2010 World Latin Cup.
The team’s choreography is very theatrical, with elements of modern dance and a vaudeville…

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Salsa Clara Directors: Danny Zepeda
Location: Santa Clara
Bio:

Salsa Clara is the performance salsa team of Santa Clara University. Started in 2006 by PB&G Pro team member and Santa Clara Univeristy alumni, Danny Zepeda, the team has grown to be one of the largest college salsa teams in the Bay Area, performing at events such as Hot Salsa Friday and the College Salsa Congress, as well as…

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Salsamania Directors: John Narvaez & Liz Rojas
Location: Alameda
Bio:

Salsamania is one of the largest and most successful dance companies in Bay Area. Started in 2000 by John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, Salsamania has performed and competed at salsa events around the world, including the ESPN World Salsa Championships, the World Latin Dance Cup, and the US Salsa Open Championships.
Salsamania has a large number of performance and competition teams…

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Spartan Mambo Directors: Takeshi Young
Location: San Jose
Bio:

Spartan Mambo is San Jose State University’s official performance salsa team, founded by Max Shpungin and Takeshi Young in the September of 2010. The team is composed entirely of SJSU students, and performs and competes at events both on and off campus.
The team has won accolades at salsa competitions all over country. In 2010 they took third place at…

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The Latin Bombshells Directors: Silke Miller
Location: Mountain View
Bio:

The Latin Bombshells is an all-female dance team based in Mountain View and directed by Silke Miller. The team’s choreography is a mix of salsa and other Latin dances mixed with burlesque, samba, and other dance influences. The team performs all over the Bay Area and at events such as the San Francisco Salsa Congress.

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The Latin Symbolics Directors: Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman
Location: San Francisco
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The Latin Symbolics is one of the longest running dance teams in the Bay Area. Started in 2000 by Ava Apple, the team is known for their playful and creative choreography as well as their use of difficult lifts and tricks.
The Latin Symbolics is based out of the Symbolic Dance & Fitness Studio which offers salsa and other dance lessons…

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Inactive Teams

The following are Bay Area salsa teams that are currently inactive or that have been disbanded:

Beyond Dreamz Directors: Giju John & Kristen Nolan
Location: San Francisco
Bio:

Beyond Dreamz Entertainment Productions is a company founded by the dancer and Indian/Latin pop singer Giju John in 2006. Their dance team performs to many of Giju’s own music, featuring a mix of salsa, chacha, and bachata with traditional Indian rhythms and instrumentation.
Beyond Dreamz is known providing high-quality live entertainment for corporate and commercial events. Some of the…

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Pretty Boys & Girls Dance Productions Directors: Ricardo Sanchez & Michelle Castro
Location: Campbell
Bio:

Pretty Boys & Girls Dance Productions (PB&G) was one of the top salsa dance companies in the Bay Area. They were the winners of the 2005 World Salsa Championships and runner-ups in 2006, and have performed at salsa congresses and festivals all over the world.
Started in 2001 by Ricardo Sanchez and Michelle Castro, PB&G was once one of the…

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