Cal Poly Students passionate about dance

Student-run from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, we teach lessons in Salsa, Bachata, and Cha Cha Cha and host numerous dance events throughout the year.


We teach lessons and dance every Friday


Socials, Workshops, and more


A student group that loves to dance


Peruse our thoughts and history

Friday Night Lessons and Social

Every Friday, save for during school breaks, we provide multiple levels of lessons teaching salsa. We also provide lessons teaching other related forms of dancing like bachata and cha cha cha. Afterwards, we turn down the lights and pump up the music and dance the rest of the night away.


Architecture and Environmental Design, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Park Here (free after 5pm)

Lot C7
Lot H2

Walk Here

Building 5


7:30 PM - 8:00 PM : Bachata/Cha Cha Cha lesson
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM : Salsa lesson
9:30 PM - 12:00 AM : FREE Social Dancing


$35 for 10 Lessons (Get 3 lessons for FREE)
$20 for 5 Lessons (Get 1 lesson for FREE)
$5 for the night

Chelsea dancing with Jose

Upcoming Events

Friday Nights - Summer Edition: Week 4

July 20, 07:30PM Cal Poly Bld 5 Rm 225

Summer is heating up even more and CPSalsa is still here for you to end the week! Tell your friends and we’ll see you on the dance floor!

Then come hang with us after dancing at SLODoCo and Chilie Peppers!

Who We Are

We are a student organization associated with California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo dedicated to spreading our love of Salsa dancing to San Luis Obispo and the rest of the Central Coast. While we are associated with Cal Poly, our members and officers consist of non-students and students alike.

Our main goal is to share our passion for salsa dancing and music to people of all backgrounds and ages. We provide high quality social activities, instruction, and entertainment, all while striving to maintain an environment that is safe and welcoming.

Our Team

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Mikaela Manzano


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Polina Volnuhina

Vice President

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Ricky Tan


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Ed Pecson

Friday Nights

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Brayden Schmidt


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Nimisha Patel


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Patrick Lim

Social Media

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Tyler Anderson

Community Outreach

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Nicolle Cooper

Student Outreach

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Throwback Thursday – Ad Posters from 2008

It’s been a while, but we’ve got another throwback for you today. This time, we’ve got our ad posters from 2008.

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Throwback Thursday – Ad Posters from 2006-2007

Thursdays are the domain of the throwback, so today, we give you our ad posters from the 2007 academic year. Before you peruse, here’s some background info on these pictures. Charlie Roberts was our Ad director that year, and was the designer of the Fall ads. I co-designed with her on the Spring ads.

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Bachata Origins

Bachata originated from the Dominican Republic in the 1960s following the demise of Trujillo and his 30 year dictatorship, the first recorded bachata singles being credited to José Manuel Calderón. Originally, it was considered a variant of bolero, though was given the name bachata by those who wanted to disparage the music as culturally backward and vulgar.

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Finding The Clave

A while back I posted a video on the clave rhythm, but if you’ve been listening to a lot of salsa, you may find that you can’t actually hear it all the time. So how do you find the clave when you can’t hear it (you’ll likely want to do this when dancing on2 or in the clave)? This video explains how.

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