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

Friday Nights - Summer Edition: Week 8

Only three more weeks left of CPSalsa's Friday Nights for the summer quarter! Don't miss one of the last opportunities of the summer for some great dancing with great 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 - TBA
Beyond the basics - Ed Pecson
Salsa 001 - Kara Pecson & Jeff Berkman
Salsa 101 & 201 combined - Ed Pecson
Salsa 301 - canceled for the summer

Chelsea dancing with Jose

Upcoming Events

Latin Sounds LIVE at Soho

August 18, 10:00PM SOHOS Restaurant & Music Club

The Music

From LA, the up and coming band, Orquesta Latin Sound, will be playing for the first time in Santa Barbara. In between will feature sets from DJ Rey Cua.

Performance

The night will also feature a performance from Michelle and Abraham, also from LA. To learn more about them, visit their page.

Cost

Pre-sale tickets $17, tickets at the door $20.

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

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Mikaela Manzano

President

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Polina Volnuhina

Vice President

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Ricky Tan

Treasurer

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Ed Pecson

Friday Nights

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Brayden Schmidt

Instruction

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Nimisha Patel

Advertising

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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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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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