CPSalsa

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.

Fridays

We teach lessons and dance every Friday

Events

Socials, Workshops, and more

About

A student group that loves to dance

Articles

Peruse our thoughts and history

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 Chilie Peppers and SLODoCo to hang out some more!

This Week

WOW Week

Welcome WOWies and welcome back to our return members! Come join us to learn new things and meet new people!

Where

Cal Poly Building 5, Rooms 225, 226, 100, & 104

Schedule

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

Cost

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

Instructors

Bachata 101 - Tyler Anderson & Sabrina Bussel
Beyond the basics - Brayden Schmidt & Mikaela Manzano
Salsa 001 - Kara Pecson & Ricky Tan
Salsa 101 - Tyler Anderson & Sabrina Bussel
Salsa 201 - Sal Orozco & Nimisha Patel
Salsa 301 - Brayden Schmidt & Mikaela Manzano

Chelsea dancing with Jose

Upcoming Events

25 Sep 8:30 PM

Details

This is a FREE event brought to you by CPSalsa’s training team, Sangre Nueva! Dancing begins at 8:30 pm and goes until 11:00 pm (longer if people are feeling it). We will be playing your favorite salsa, cha cha cha, and bachata songs…maybe even a merengue. If you’re celebrating a birthday, let the DJ know you want a birthday dance. We’ll see you there!

Cost

Free! But we do appreciate your donations.

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.

Wish to join? You'll get some free swag and free lessons if you do!
Volunteer

Our Team

Mikaela Manzano

President

Polina Volnuhina

Vice President

Ricky Tan

Treasurer

Ed Pecson

Friday Nights

Brayden Schmidt

Instruction

Nimisha Patel

Advertising

Patrick Lim

Social Media

Tyler Anderson

Community Outreach

Nicolle Cooper

Student Outreach

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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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