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Outdoor salsa lessons every Monday evening with Tomaj Trenda at Brooklyn Basin in Oakland. Beginner lessons start at 6:30pm, followed by intermediate salsa lessons at 7:30pm.


Event: Beginner and Intermediate Salsa Lessons Salsa Dancing Gifts
Date: Every Monday
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Beginner, 7:30-8:30 Intermediate
Cost: $15 per class or $20 for both
Instructors: Tomaj Trenda
Address: Township Commons at Brooklyn Basin
288 9th Ave
Oakland, CA 94606
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Contact: (415) 505-3536
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Jul 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm

2 people found this review helpful

Tomaj is an arrogant person who tries to make people feel badly about themselves. I imagine he makes his money from marketing his DvD’s over his personality.
There are far better classes to take in the Bay area.

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Mar 27, 2017 at 11:01 pm

1 person found this review helpful

Wow! Sounds like the previous reviewer had a bad experience!

I’ve taken several series of these classes, both as a leader and a follower (no, it’s not the most comfortable place to lead as a woman, but hey, it’s the burbs, not San Francisco). The highlights are good energy, a mature and respectful crowd (mostly 35-up), the continuity of the series format (so you can build), and Tomaj’s ability to describe some technique tips that I hadn’t heard clarified before in many years of assorted classes. It’s also super helpful to have the separate beginner and intermediate classes rather than always starting at the beginning. Beginner really is beginner, intermediate really is a step up.

The downside is that to my taste, the routines in the intermediate class are too elaborate, really giving your brain a constant workout (and the follower gets rather whipped around) rather than getting you into the groove of building a solid set of social dancing moves. As a follower, I’d rather have a lead with even just 10 good moves than be constantly challenged and guessing and pushed to my limit. I’d like to see a little more emphasis on building a solid repertoire of moves. But these are minor quibbles. The good energy (it’s wholesome at the community center, but not a sterile fluorescent vibe), respectful crowd, critical mass, and insightful teaching tips make it worth it.

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Oct 18, 2017 at 7:59 am

I just finished taking the 10-week series for the first time and I’m definitely coming back! I love the energy of the classes and you can tell that everyone there loves to dance and have a good time. The intermediate class is very different from the beginner class but I love learning the new creative moves.

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