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San Francisco Salsa Festival
Three nights of performances, dancing, and workshops in downtown San Francisco. March 28 - 30, 2013.
Three nights of performances, dancing, and workshops in downtown San Francisco. March 28 - 30, 2013.

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The 6th annual San Francisco Salsa Festival is happening April 17 - 19, 2014 at +The Westin San Francisco Market Street, so save the date!

Among other highlights coming in 2014, we will have the world-class dancers of Zafire direct from NY; world champions Omar Munoz & Nina Bermudez from LA; and, all the way from Brazil, Puerto Rico Salsa Open champions Rafael Barros & Carine Morais!

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And now for something different: watch the entire Saturday performance showcase in just 1 minute with this time-lapse video courtesy Ricardo Tellez Photography.

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So, how did we top our Thursday and Friday night performance showcases? Watch for yourself...

We are pleased to announce the 6th annual San Francisco Salsa Festival. All the fun is set to happen once again April 17 - 19, 2014 at The Westin San Francisco Market Street. See you there!

Thank you to everyone who competed this year! The following competitors qualified to compete at the 4th annual World Latin Dance Cup. Congratulations and see you in Miami in December!

Professional Salsa Couple Division
1. Achuith Bhandarkar & Mayuko Ueda Beno
2. Jesus Zamora & Laura Zamora

Amateur Salsa Couple Division
1. Jeremy Martinez & Olaia García Alvarez
2. Derek Marrero & Keesha Roberts

Pro-Am Salsa Couple Division 
1. Jesus Cruz & Maritza Gonzalez 
2. Dan Popovici & Paulina Posadas Dagio
3. Tony Caligagan & Andrea Spindler

Amateur Salsa Team Division
1. Latin Vibe
2. Salsa Inferno

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We had such an amazing time at the festival this year. Relive a bit of the weekend with these performance highlights from Thursday and Friday evenings.

As with ever year, we are only able to put on the San Francisco Salsa Festival through the combined efforts of many talented and hard-working individuals. We would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to all the players in this grand production: 

- Club Cocomo and The Westin San Francisco Market Street for providing a home to festival for yet another year;

- the competitors and performers for providing three-nights of stellar performance showcases;

- Zoe Klein and her amazing band of circus arts performers for helping us create our spectacular closing night production "Evolution";

- GFranco Dance Shoes, Zeke Ruvalcaba, Josh Garza, Olaia García Alvarez and and our sexy models for delivering a fabulous
fashion show;

- our world-class Bay Area instructors and world-champion international instructors for a great day of packed workshops; 

- Corey Raynor, Mireille Ruiz, BB Flanders and Zeke Ruvalcaba for hosting the crazy antics of the bachata room;

- Ricardo Tellez for documenting the festival through his wonderful photography;

- Jesus Zamora for providing graphic design services for the festival;

- DJ Hong, DJ El de la Clave, El DJ X, DJ Jazzy Jez and DJ RKNZ for keeping the crowds dancing in our salsa, bachata, and kizomba rooms;

- Orquesta Saboricua, Avance and Pacific Mambo Orchestra for providing us with amazing live music all weekend long;

- Angela Seminario and William Erik Avitia for being such excellent MCs;

- Tatiana, Jonathan and their team of volunteers whose tireless efforts behind-the-scenes make it possible for everything at the festival to run smoothly;

- and lastly, the Bay Area salsa community for your continued support of the San Francisco Salsa Festival.

Thank you to everyone and we will see you next year for another three nights of world-class performances, dancing, and workshops with top instructors in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

And it's a wrap for the 5th annual San Francisco Salsa Festival! It was a crazy, sleep-deprived weekend full of music, dance and celebration. We hope that you're slowly re-adjusting to your post-festival life and that you will join us in 2014 for the 6th annual San Francisco Salsa Festival. After getting some rest ourselves, we will be back at work planning an even better event for you next year! See you in 2014!

Kizomba is making its debut at the festival this year! Be sure to stop by our new Kizomba Room after the shows tonight!

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The 5th Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival continues tonight at The Westin San Francisco Market Street with our "Glitz and Glamour" Red Carpet Night! Show off your sequins, sparkles, and glitter as you dress to make your way down the red carpet. Then enjoy our competition, fashion show, and performance showcase before dancing the night away to live music from Avance!

7:00 pm - Doors open with dancing to the best Bay Area DJs
8:00 pm - World Latin Dance Cup Qualifier Competition
9:00 pm - Fashion Show: Liz Fashion & GFranco Dance Shoes
9:30 pm - Performance Showcase
10:30 pm - Social dancing to live band Avance and guest DJs
11:00 pm - Bachata Room opens

Latin Vibe
Salsa Inferno
Lady Mambo
Rodney & Michelle
Gallo & Wally
Collective Essence
Tania & John
Ernesto & Maritza
Grizzly & Alien
David & Paulina

DJ El de la Clave
DJ Hong
DJ Jazzy Jez
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