Welcome to the Family!
Check out what the Bay Area's BEST Salsa and Bachata dance instruction has to offer YOU! Group classes, special events, cruises, workshops, monthly Socials are just a part of what we do to make you smile. Students learn to dance for fun, health, connection to Latin music and to people - from the Bay to the World.
"Welcome Home, Dancer!" and we hope you will always be part of our dance 'Familia'.
About our Salsa and Bachata Classes
We Love to Salsa AND Bachata Dance! How about you?
Salsa Dancing is HOT! Known for its smooth moves and set to vibrant and energetic Latin music, Salsa dancing remains very popular here in the Bay Area! If you want to learn how to Salsa dance, or are looking for classes in the East Bay, check out our class schedule where you can find Beginner through Performance level classes and our Specialty Workshops as well. We also offer sensuous and fun Bachata classes which is now a standard at the Latin clubs. Bachata is from Dominican Republic and is generally easier to learn at first, has lovely melodic guitar music and is slower with less turns. Our classes are taught in a great space at our home studio on the edge of Jack London Square area. No Partner Required! Classes are ongoing and we start a new series every month. Drop-ins are welcome any time!
Our Beginning to Pre-Advanced Salsa dance classes are taught as progressive month-long series that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will learn to dance the basics in one hour! Every week, we briefly review what we’ve covered and add something new. This repetition will support your learning & enhance your understanding of basic technique and rhythm. You will learn foundation steps which develop into mini-patterns which become the building blocks for longer, more intricate patterns.
OUR NEWEST CLASS, Bridging the Salsa Dance Divide, has become the hottest new Salsa class in the Bay Area! This class focuses on Key Moves such as Hammerlocks, Wraps, Turns, or themes such as Footwork, Styling, Traveling around the floor. Students learn more about the Key Moves before going into Patterns classes to make a comfortable transition. In Level 2 and 2.5 (Intermediate and Pre-Advanced) we begin a new choreographed pattern each month that will challenge you to improve your technique, increase your understanding of how to put moves together and add some style to your good basics. Increasingly popular and without a doubt here to stay, Bachata has found its home alongside Salsa in all the major clubs and studios in the world. Salsa with Juan's Bachata classes are held on Wednesdays with 2 levels to choose from. Challenge yourself and try this popular and sensual dance - it's easy to get started! Bachata classes are also progressive over a 4 week period and will explore different styles such as Dominican, Traditional and Moderna.
Guest instructors may teach occasionally in any of Salsa with Juan's classes.
YOUR FIRST CLASS IS FREE!
Let us know at the front desk if this is your first time visiting Salsa with Juan and your first class (first hour) will be FREE! If you decide to stay with us for the rest of the month we will make sure you get a great deal on remaining classes.
Salsa with Juan Salsa and Bachata Socials
Our popular monthly Salsa and Bachata Social happens almost every month. There is a Beginner AND Intermediate Salsa lesson at 8 pm taught by our SWJ Instructors OR guest instructors. DANCING from 9pm until 1am! We offer tasty snacks, refreshments, performances, great danceable music, friendly dancers and more! The cost is only $15 at door or $10 after 9pm (no lesson). Children 12 and under enter FREE with guardian!
Our socials have gained a reputation for being a fun and supportive atmosphere where everyone gets to dance. Come on out, practice all you know, meet new dancers and DANCE! DANCE HOSTS AND HOSTESSES will keep you on the floor all night long - so don't be shy - get your DANCE ON!
Held at a beautiful dance studio in Jack London Square Gateway area. This studio is large with great hardwood floors and full length mirrors and has 2 rooms for dancing, a student lounge, deluxe bathrooms with showers, and a friendly ambiance.
NEXT SOCIAL IS MARCH 16TH
This Month's THEME for Pattern Classes
This month's THEME for our Bridging through Patterns classes (Bridging the Salsa Dance Divide, Salsa Level 2 and Salsa Level 2.5 and Intermediate Bachata) is
It's your chance to GO PLACES...though not too far away! Traveling means using more of the floor space and changing slots. Because Salsa is a slot dance we often get bored going back and forth only. This month the students will learn to take advantage of the floor and take their partner around the room in unusual ways. Traveling is not just for the Ballroom dancers, now it's your turn. See you in class, Dancers!
Please make sure you have gone through Levels 1 and 1.5 and preferably Bridge class to join Level 2 or 2.5. If you are unsure of your level please check with an instructor to be placed appropriately.