Big Salsa Festival San Diego Coming January 2023

Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Big Salsa Festival San Diego is coming back again to San Diego this upcoming January 2023. The event which draws salsa dancers from all of the world to “America’s Finest City” is a week long celebration of music, dance and community.

If you are looking to learn how to dance or are a seasoned salsa dancer, the event offers a range of workshops, dance performances and live music to match wherever you are.

Marriott Mission Valley will be the venue for the event which runs Thursday January 12th (pre party) to the end of Sunday January 15th.

Tickets are on sale at the Big Salsa Festival San Diego website here. There you can also find information about lodging options and the full schedule of what you will encounter at the event.

Hope to see you all at the Big Salsa Festival San Diego in January 2023!

John ;-)


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San Diego BIG Salsa Festival Coming January 2022

Monday, December 6, 2021

One of San Diego’s largest salsa dance events is coming in January 2022. The BIG Salsa Festival San Diego is a great opportunity to dive into the salsa dance world feet first. The event presents a varied mix of dance classes, dance performances, live concerts and salsa dance parties over the course of 4 days.

For anyone that has ever been to a festival like this you know that the best way to really engage in all of the activities is to attend the entire event by staying on property and taking advantage of the full schedule of offerings. These range from special dance workshops in the morning, a mid day dance party/mixer, watching performances and most importantly dancing at night with other attendees.

The event runs from Friday January 14th to Sunday January 17th, 2022 at the Marriott Mission Valley (there is a special Thursday night January 13th pre party as well). Special passes are available to fit your schedule so if you can’t attend everything you can still participate in seeing shows or other specific activities. You can find out more information about the event and secure your passes on the San Diego BIG Salsa Festival website.

What better way to begin 2022 than salsa dancing in San Diego…

See you all at the San Diego BIG Salsa Festival 2022!

John ;-)


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The San Diego Mega Social Coming October 23rd

Sunday, September 5, 2021

San Diego is roaring back to life with salsa dancing and we have a great event coming up in October. The SD Mega Social is set for Saturday October 23rd and will feature classes, social dancing and specialized work outs to help you get back into the swing of things.

The event is a collaboration of many San Diego dance companies including Melomano, Majesty in Motion, Son y Pasos, Speranza, Animo, Indigo, SoKaliente, Afro y Pasion, The Salsa Beat, Vedanza and Excelencia. The event starts at 8pm and runs to 1am.

For more information please visit the organizers Facebook event page here.

See you all at the SD Mega Social!

John ;-)


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Salsa Dancing in San Diego Coming Back to Life Amidst COVID 19 Restrictions

Saturday, July 11, 2020

It’s been a rough year for lots of things but the salsa dance scene has been especially hit hard with so many closures of venues and opportunities to dance. Luckily we are beginning to see signs of life again in our salsa world as we all navigate the new restrictions.

Leading from the front are the dance companies and studios that represent the life blood of our close knit scene. Using innovative methods and being respectful of new safety protocols these small businesses are bringing back the salsa dance we’ve all been missing.

A great example of this is Majesty in Motion who recently put out this new video that explains some of the new procedures they’ve put in place to help keep people safe as they dance:

Between the re-openings of physical studios to the continuation of virtual classes that we’ve seen around San Diego there are great opportunities to find dance again.

Majesty in Motion, Deseo Studios and Ooh La La Dance Academy are some great options to check out to satisfy your need to dance.

Take care and see you all on the dance floor (hopefully soon!)

John ;-)


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Salsa Dancing in the Age of COVID 19: Keeping Your Passion Alive Through Online Virtual Resources

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

During this unprecedented Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak it seems as though every part of our normal routines have been upended. Just a few weeks ago we had regular social dancing but with recent government mandates most if not all gatherings have been cancelled. Worst yet many people are in total quarantine without any indication of when all this will change.

I thought it would be helpful to provide some helpful local resources and ideas for continuing your passion of dance from where ever you are, lock down or not.

Many if not all dance studios here have begun the process of offering their salsa lessons online through video instruction. From Deseo Dance to Ooh La La and others they are extending many of these new resources directly from their websites and leveraging platforms like Facebook and YouTube to keep connected with students.

Many of these resources have the added benefit of being provided live in real time with the instructors responding to viewer generated inquiries. Here is a sample from Deseo Dance’s Serena Cuevas today:

As we see more local studios adding live content and offerings virtually it will be interesting to see the support from the community. As with many artists during this time it will be the local dance community that keeps the spirit of dance alive through the help of talented instructors. If you know of any other resources you’d like me share please send me a message via email and I’ll help spread the information as best I can.

Please be safe during this difficult time and stay positive. For you that pray, St. Vitus (Patron Saint of Dancers), pray for us…

John ;-)


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B.I.G Salsa Festival Coming to San Diego January 2020

Thursday, December 5, 2019

With 2019 ending and 2020 now upon us it’s time to start the new year and decade right with a great upcoming salsa dance festival here in San Diego. The B.I.G. or Baile International Grande Salsa Festival is hosted by local salsa group Majesty in Motion and will feature a week’s worth of salsa dancing for everyone.

The event includes everything from workshops, live dance performances and a live salsa concert that will span from Thursday January 30th through February 3rd, 2020. The Friday night live concert will feature Jose Alberto aka “El Canario” and social dancing until 4am. Here is a quick video of him in concert if you are not familiar with him:

There is still time to buy your tickets, book your room at the Marriott Mission Valley and even register to perform if you want to showcase your own skills. You can find out more information at the B.I.G Salsa Festival website.

See you all in 2020 at the B.I.G Salsa Festival in San Diego!

John ;-)


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New Sunday Night Salsa Dance Venue at the Guild Hotel Starts September 1st

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A new salsa dance venue will be making its debut on September 1st, 2019 at the Guild Hotel. Hosted by Majesty in Motion, the new Sunday night dance venue will be located at the recently re-opened downtown San Diego icon.

Lessons begin around 4:30pm and should go about an hour or so. Social dancing is scheduled to go live from 5:30pm to 9:30pm to the sounds of DJ Mo Lyon.

Parking shouldn’t be a problem (Sundays downtown offer free street partking) and there will be validated parking available.

Cover is only $10.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience San Diego’s newest salsa club this Labor Day weekend.

For more information please visit this event page at the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.

See you all on the dance floor!

John ;-)


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