7:30pm Cuban Salsa and Rueda (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4)
8:30pm Cuban Salsa and Rueda (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4)
9:30pm Monthly Party (November 30th)
Update: We ARE having classes on Friday, 11/16. ODC has all windows closed and air filters are ON. We ARE also having classes next Friday, 11/23 (Friday After Thanksgiving).
New to our classes? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Every Friday night, we offer two different hour-long Salsa and Rueda classes. At both hours, four instructors teach four different levels simultaneously – we offer Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 all at once, now in TWO separate rooms. Beginners are welcome in any Level 1 class (offered at both 7:30pm and 8:30pm). Then once per month at 9:30pm we throw a Cuban Salsa Party.
We teach from our Expanded Curriculum (click to download), which enables you to advance at your own pace. You can come every week for two hours and pass through all four levels in just seven weeks. Or choose either one of the 7:30pm or 8:30pm classes and you can learn the same material in 14 weeks. Or just drop-in whenever you have a free night - check the Curriculum to see when the moves you need are being taught.
Friday night and Sunday classes are held at the beautiful ODC Dance Studio. Their staff is helpful and professional, and our dance room is enormous, with a great sound system, high ceilings, mirrors, and hardwood dance floor.
These classes have been taught weekly for more than ten years, making them one of the longest-running salsa classes in the Bay Area. They attract a very friendly, talented and diverse group of people, from all backgrounds and of all ages. Many people come without a partner. We hope you will come and be a part of this fun and supportive environment!
Your first class at the ODC is just $5! Drop-in is $15 per class, multiple class discount cards are also available for $10/class or less.
1:00 - 2:25pm Salsa Workout and Body Movement (cancelled 11/18)
2:30 - 3:25pm Beginning Cuban Salsa & Rueda (Levels 1 & 2)
3:30 - 5:00pm Int/Adv Cuban Salsa & Rueda Performance Workshop
Update: Sunday classes are ON for 11/18 except for the Salsa Workout. All Sunday classes are ON for 11/25.
Salsa Workout and Body Movement (All levels)
In this highly energetic class we explore some of the roots and relatives of Salsa in Rumba, Son, Mambo, Cha-cha-chá, Conga, Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and more! Through isolations we gain strength, flexibility and articulate expression throughout the entire body, beginning with the core. We warm up with basic salsa footwork and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations, stylistic embellishments and related dance styles building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography.
Beginning Cuban Salsa and Rueda
Your first class at the ODC is just $5! Drop-in is $15 per class, multiple class discount cards are also available for about $10/class.
Int/Adv Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino Performance Workshop (October 7 - December 2)
This year the ODC’s Global Passport Showcase will be presented at the prestigious Yerba Buena Center for the Arts! In this workshop you will apply and develop your knowledge of partnering technique, turn patterns, rhythm, and body-movement, taking your salsa skills to the performance level. Each week you will learn a section of an original choreography that combines classic Cuban Salsa and Rueda moves with original moves that we develop specifically for this piece. We choreograph to the music, using movement to fully express the intricate and multi-layered rhythms of the song. The workshop is for dancers at the intermediate/advanced level, who should be familiar with all moves from Level 3 of our Curriculum (click to view).
Drop In: $20 — Full workshop: $166.50 ($18.50/class)
Tech Rehearsal: Either Saturday, December 1: 6:00-11:00pm or Sunday, December 2: 4:00-9:00pm (Date and time TBD)
Tech/Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, December 6 2:00-7:00pm (Exact time TBD)
Performances: Thursday, December 6: 8:00pm AND Friday, December 7: 8:00pm
7:30pm Four levels of Salsa, Rueda, and Rhythm (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4)
8:45pm Four levels of Salsa, Rueda, and Rhythm (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4)
9:45pm Timba Fiestecita with DJ Ritmo - Open Dancing until 10:30pm (No Cover)
Update: We ARE having classes on Monday, 11/19 AND Monday, 11/26. The Working Body is running air filters with closed windows.
New to our classes? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Every Monday night we offer two different hour-long salsa and rueda classes, with a special focus on Rhythm and Musicality. At both 7:30pm and 8:45pm, four instructors teach four different levels simultaneously – we offer Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 all at once. Beginners are welcome at any Level 1 class, taught at both 7:30pm and 8:45pm every Monday. We host a Timba Fiestecita, featuring open dancing after classes until 11pm. There's no cover – come jump-start your week with RITMO.
We teach from our Expanded Curriculum (click to download), which enables you to advance at your own pace. You can come every week for two hours and pass through all four levels in just seven weeks. Or choose either one of the 7:30pm or 8:45pm classes and you can learn the same material in 14 weeks. Or just drop-in whenever you have a free night - check the Curriculum to see when the moves you need are being taught.
We offer Rhythm and Musicality Instruction every hour at Levels 3 and 4. We teach our signature timing exercises to raise your rhythmic awareness and improve your connection to the music. We focus on one song per week. Click here for a video playlist of all of our songs of the week (this week's song is at the top).
Our Monday partner dancing classes (7:30pm and 8:45pm) are offered $14 for a single class or $35 for a 4-class card. Cash or check only (no credit cards).
Limited parking is available in the lot behind The Working Body on Staten Ave.
*The 6:15pm Salsa Workout & Body Movement Class is no longer being offered in Oakland, but we do still offer the Salsa Workout on Sundays in San Francisco.
Private classes provide an ideal learning environment for dancers at any level. They can help a shy person develop confidence on the dance floor, or speed an experienced dancer's transition to the intermediate or advanced level. They are a great way to develop closeness with your significant other or enjoy the process of learning with a friend.
Everyone can benefit significantly from even a single hour with us – each person has their own specific issues that are sometimes missed or difficult to address in the context of a group class. With just one private class we can give you tools and techniques to really improve the aspects of your dance that are holding you back, enabling you to advance to a new level of skill and enjoyment.
Both Sidney and Ryan are experts in Cuban Salsa, Rueda de Casino, and Son, both as leads and follows, and have hundreds of hours of experience teaching private lessons. Areas of focus can be partnering skills, turn patterns, musicality, body movement, or any combination of these.
*Single lessons must be used within one month and packages of five must be used within three months of purchase (or receipt of gift certificate). Lessons usually take place at our studio in SF, but other locations may be possible. No refunds. Please use the contact link to schedule your lessons.