Friday Night Salsa Social & Class - BYOB

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Event Overview

Pick up your favorite six pack of beer or bottle of wine and join us for a fun hour of dancing and socializing. We believe that a good life is measured by our ability to connect with others. Spend your Friday evening connecting with new people in a new way and learn some sweet dance moves, too!

The hour includes a 30-minute group Salsa dance class + 30 minutes of mingling and social dancing. Come solo, bring a partner, or bring a whole group of friends! Since the class is not progressive from week to week, we will cover dance steps for any level dancer.

We focus on creating a welcoming community of people, so if you've never danced before, this is a great place to try it out. If you have any questions about the class, feel free to contact us at


What to Bring

Clean, dry shoes to dance in + Wine or beer to drink (limit one bottle of wine or one 6-pack of beer per 2 people. liquor is not permitted.)

What's Provided

Water & Glassware

Cancellation Policy

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When Rachael was three years old, she asked her mom to enroll her in dance classes and hasn’t stopped moving since. Throughout her life, she became intrigued by many activities: singing, playing music, reading and writing, but dance always took priority. Through her experiences choreographing swing, ballroom, modern and contemporary dance styles, Rachael discovered the joy of sharing her passion for moving creatively. Despite working towards her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Spanish at DePaul University, she has found herself back in the dance studio again and again! Whether it be teaching swing dance at Chicago universities, choreographing contemporary and modern dance pieces, or just dragging her friends out to social dance events around the city, Rachael always moves forward in her goal to show others this source of self-expression and inhibition that she has always enjoyed herself.

Ever since Lydia was young, dance has been a mainstay in her life. Starting ballet at age 4 and having her first ballet recital in her living room, she began her lifelong passion for movement and performance. All throughout high school, she studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. It wasn’t until she choreographed her first dance that she realized she wanted dance to remain a focus in her life. She decided to move to Chicago and study dance full time at Columbia College Chicago. During her time at Columbia, she has focused primarily on modern dance, but she also enjoys exploring all kinds of movement, whether it be ballroom, contact improvisation or afro-contemporary.

Born to move, Cathy started walking at the early age of nine months, and at the age of two, started her first ballet class. She continued to study a wide variety of dance styles from tap to lyrical to African, and the more she learned, the more dance and movement became a source of inspiration and an outlet for creativity in her life. In high school, Cathy quickly became the assistant choreography for all of the musical productions and went on to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago with a minor in dance. It was in these years, through her experiences coaching others, that she discovered her joy for inspiring others to express themselves creatively and to connect with the world around them.

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