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Can anyone one recommend a salsa dance teacher near Albany / El Cerrito for myself and my husband? Neither one of us dance AT ALL and are looking for a nonjudgmental, kind teacher to give us some private lessons and then hopefully we will brave a class with other people! Thanks! four left feet
I'm seeking a recommendation for a beginning Salsa dance class in the Berkeley, Albany / El Cerrito area---either group lessons or possibly private, depednng on the cost. I'm not interested in a one time lesson, but onging classes. Thanks for any suggestions. Batya
1. Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville, Sundays from 7pm-whenever, $10. They have website. Hottest spot! Best dancers. People come up from San Jose just to dance salsa there. Isabelle is the best local female salsa teacher! (She teaches as Gary's partner, but she is the real thing.)
2. Club Maiko's in Berkeley (San Pablo @ Virginia), Saturday nights, $12 on band nights, $10 on DJ nights. Teacher is Joseph Gallardo - the most charismatic male salsa teacher in the East Bay. Check out www.wildsalsanights.com (He also teaches at The Beat in Berkeley on Friday nights, Concord and Antioch on other days).
3. The DanceEasy in El Cerrito (San Pablo) is another choice for Friday night salsa (they have a website), but it is a very small venue and I got bored with it very fast.
4. There is also Cafe Monteros in Albany (San Pablo @ Solano) offering Friday and Saturday night salsa. Even after their remodel I won't set a foot in there. I have no idea how they cram in a band, a lesson and dancers in this tiny space. (Room for 8 dancers?)It would be more of a loud listening than fun dancing experience. But they do have lessons.
Once you're hooked and advanced, you want to branch out into
the city. I keep Allegro and Maiko's for the East Bay, but for
the city the real gems are the Glaskat on Tuesday (website) and
Cocomo's on Thursdays (website - best dancers!). Cocomo's on
Saturday is too crowded to enjoy. Sure there are other venues,
such as Jillian's and Roccapulco - but they have more of a
dating/couple ambiance, which I don't like. I suggest you also
check out salsacrazy.com which keeps you up on events/workshops
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