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No partner needed

Fun, great exercise
Non-intimidating, friendly atmosphere 

Enjoy skilled teachers

Hablamos Espanol
Over 15 years experience

Affordable classes

Student discount
Multiple class discount

Salsa Rueda Thursdays

Beginner drop-in class at 8pm 

Can split into two classes at the same time :
Intro/Beginner and Beginner 2/ Intermediate
Click to see complete class schedule:
http://www.salsagente.com/Cuban-style-Salsa-classes-location-fees#schedule

Salsa Cubana Mondays

Drop-in at 7pm, entry level: intermediate

Styling, Casino partner and Rueda de Casino

 Click here to see complete class schedule:
http://www.salsagente.com/Cuban-style-Salsa-classes-location-fees#schedule

"Just knowing moves is not the same as knowing how to move!" (Chris & Jessica)

National Dance Week: Performance Thur, April 24 at 7:20pm

Chris & Jessica from Salsa Gente will be performing at Stage 2 (Pacific and Locust) downtown Santa Cruz. This piece was choreographed with Ramon Ramos Alayo of Alayo Dance Company, San Francisco. Enjoy the Santa Cruz premiere of "Inolvidable", featuring a variety of Cuban dances such as Danzon, Yambu (Rumba), Salsa Suelta,  Casino (Salsa), ChaChaCha and Mambo.


National Dance Week: free classes for new students

Monday, April 28 at  7pm Salsa Cubana (for intermediate dancers) and Thursday, May 1 at 8pm Salsa Rueda (Intro/Beginner and Beg 2/Intermediate). Click here to see more: http://www.salsagente.com/Cuban-style-Salsa-classes-location-fees

 

Cuban workshops with Maiensy Sanchez begins: Fri April 18, 2014!


Enjoy a weekend of  Cuabn-dance workshops with Cuban-born Maiensy Sanchez. Kick-off begins on Friday, April 18 at 7pm with Cuban Casino Partner Dance & Styling at Louden Nelson Center, downtown Santa Cruz . $12, Max 25 people! 
Click here to see more about this special workshop and about the workshop Maiensy has on Saturday April 19, 2014 in Santa Cruz.



Salsa CRASH Course for Beginners Level 2 & 3 begins March 27

Build up your Salsa dancing skills, have more fun! No partner required!
This is mainly partner dance with Cuban-style techniques. Learn more turns, develop movements and enjoy the relaxed and open Cuban-style of dancing.
This is a 4-week series on Thursdays at 7pm. The class is for everyone who has basic Salsa dance experience.
Maxi18. Age 16+. Class begins Thursday March 27 at 7pm.
Pre-registration is required with SalsaGente.com! Limited space!
Louden Nelson Center, downtown Santa Cruz.  Fee $38. 


Begins Feb 27: Salsa CRASH Course for Beginners Level 2

Build up your Salsa dancing skills!  This is a 4-week series class. This class is ideal if you have completed Chris & Jessica's beginner series level 1, or if you have basic Salsa dancing experience. Learn more turns, develop movements and enjoy the relaxed and open Cuban style of dancing.
No partner required! Limited space!
Class begins on Thursday February 27, 2014 at 7pm. 
Pre-registration is required at the city of Santa Cruz Parks & Rec.  Location: Louden Nelson Center Santa Cruz, CA. 
http://www.salsagente.com/Cuban-style-Salsa-classes-location-fees#schedule
CLASS FULL! Waiting list! 

 

Chris & Jessica performed at
the largest international Cuban music and dance festival in the US!

Chris & Jessica teamed up with Ramon Ramos Alayo of Alayo Dance Company (San Francisco) for a unique duet performance. Technical direction also provided by Jose Francisco Barroso. Click here to see the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU8HOoTXYH4
This is the largest international Cuban music and dance festival in the US! The 6th annual Salsa Rueda Festival at the hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco on February 13th - 16th, 2014. Four days of workshops from beginners, intermediate to advanced. Every day performances, live bands and dance parties. People from around the world. Not only Rueda but also Salsa, Casino, Folklore, Rumba, Son and more. 

 

Begins January 2014: Salsa CRASH Course for Beginners Level 1

For anyone who wats to learn to dance Salsa. In just 4 weeks you will step up on the dance floor with easy, cool looking moves. This is partner dancing using Cuban-style techniques.
No partner required!  Class begins on Thursday January 20, 2014 at 7pm.
Pre-registration is required at the city of Santa Cruz Parks & Rec.  Limited space!
Location : Louden Nelson Center downtown Santa Cruz, CA. 
http://www.salsagente.com/Cuban-style-Salsa-classes-location-fees#schedule
CLASS FULL! Waiting List! 



Afro Cuban Orisha & Salsa Workshop with Jose Francisco Barroso


We are proud to present award-winning Cuban-born Jose Francisco Barroso for two-class workshop.
Don't miss this rare opportunity!

Location: Louden Nelson Center, downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday, January 18, 2014 starting 2pm.
Limited space. No partner required!

Workshop is open for all levels!
$15 one class, $25 two classes.

Click here to see more information and the biography of Jose Francisco Barroso 
http://www.salsagente.com/josefranciscobarroso/salsa-gente/josefranciscobarroso

 

Salsa Cubana drop-in every Monday 7pm!

Experience the Cuban style of dancing Salsa! Featuring a great variety from Casino partner moves and body styling to Rueda de Casino.
Entry level: intermediate dancers. No partner required!
Enjoy two skilled teachers with over 14 years experience who regularly study in Cuba.Age: 16+.  Click on link below to see our regular schedule:
http://www.salsagente.com/Cuban-style-Salsa-classes-location-fees#schedule  

Salsa Rueda for drop-ins every Thursday 8pm!


Salsa Rueda class for drop-ins!
8pm to 9pm. Two levels: 
Intro/Beginner and Beg 2/Intermediate. 
No Partner required!  Friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere. Great instructors. Cool but easy moves to sizzling Salsa music.


Click on image or here to see full schedule:
http://www.salsagente.com/Cuban-style-Salsa-classes-location-fees#schedule 

 

Performance in Santiago de Cuba in July 2013!



Chris and Jessica from Salsa Gente performed with dancers from Danza del Caribe and members of the DanceInCuba study trip at the 33rd Festival del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba.

Click here to see the video
  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfaVvyC72Tw  


 

 





Santa Cruz premier of award-winning film: LA SALSA CUBANA!


Introduced by director Eric Johnson followed by Q&A. A great film about human interactions and the uplifting power of Latin music and dance. A true story about Cuban Salsa dancing, the film follows a dance group in Havana striving to win the national dance competition.



This independent documentary was 6 years in the making and received multiple awards.
Sat, March 16, 2013, 5pm to 7pm, $7. Louden Nelson Center, downtown Santa Cruz, California. Click here or on photo to see more info and Youtube trailer!


FUN Salsa Rueda Series for Beginners starts March 2013!

Experience the fun and energy of dancing Salsa in a group! This is a very entertaining way to learn to dance Salsa and become part of a worldwide community phenomenon. Offered through the City of Santa Cruz. No partner required! Ages: 16+, limited space! !
CLASS Full! Click here for more information.


Salsa Crash Course for Beginners in February 2013!

This is a crash course for eveyone who wants to learn to dance regular Salsa with some Cuban flavor. Two skilled and non-intimidating instructors will build up your dancing skill in a FUN way. Our goal is for you to shine on the dance floor with some easy and cool looking moves.

CLASS Full! Waiting List! Click here for more information.

Trips to Cuba

Following are orgainizations who offer great (and legal from US) travel programs in Cuba.


Plaza Cuba
Music, Dance & Culture trips to Cuba

http://www.PlazaCuba.com
Say you saw it in SalsaGente.com 

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DanceInCuba
Dance Workshops in Cuba

http://danceincuba.wordpress.com/
Say you saw it in SalsaGente.com 

Musica Cubana

There are many great websites, organizations, and bands featuring Cuban music such as Timba, ChaChaCha, Son, Danzon, Changüí,  and Afro-Cuban Rumba. Here are just a few of them.

WEBSITES:

www.boogalu.com

www.cubamusic.com

www.oyeproductions.com

www.planettimba.com

www.salsasontimbacali.com

www.timba.com

www.timbaporsiempre.com

www.timbasalsa.com

BANDS:

http://rumbache.com/

 

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