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

Chelsea dancing with Jose

Friday Nights

Every Friday, save for school breaks, we provide multiple levels of lessons teaching salsa and bachata. Whatever your skill level, we've got you covered. Afterwards, we lower the overhead lights, turn up the club lighting, and start playing a variety of salsa, bachata, and cha cha cha as we dance the rest of the night away. Finally, when we're all tired from the dancing, we make our way towards some late night eateries to hang out some more!


Lessons: Cal Poly Building 5, Rooms 225, 226, 100, & 104
Social: Nexus SLO Ballroom


* Our 5- & 10-lesson cards never expire and can be shared with friends

General Pricing

$70 for 10 Lessons*
$40 for 5 Lessons*
$10 for the night

Student Pricing

$49 for 10 Lessons*
$28 for 5 Lessons*
$7 for the night


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM : Bachata Lessons
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM : Salsa Lessons
9:00 PM - 9:50 PM : Mixer & Practice at Cal Poly (bldg 5 room 225)
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM : Social Dancing at Nexus SLO Ballroom

Upcoming Events

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 Cal Poly students, San Luis Obispo, and the rest of the Central Coast.

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.

Wish to become a member?

Membership (currently enrolled Cal Poly students) and partnership (non-Cal Poly students) is open to everyone! No dance experience is required to be a member/partner.

Benefits include free access to Friday/Monday lessons and dancing, access to club-exclusive events such as road trips to dance festivals, discounts on private lessons with CPSalsa instructors, and becoming a part of the CPSalsa family for volunteering at our events and helping the club grow. Come speak with a club officer at our cashiering table during Friday lessons to sign up!

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Music History - Cuban Son

While listening to salsa, some times I’ll come across Cuban son like Arsenio Rodriguez’ Papaupa and find myself wondering what makes this a son and not a salsa. Other than it sounding older, and perhaps a bit slower, what’s the difference? I endeavored to find out with the help of the internet and wikipedia.

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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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The quickest way to get in contact is through our social media profiles. Please message us with any questions you may have!

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