Of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent, SocialSalsa founder, Tara Acevedo, has over 25 years of combined dance training and teaching experience. She has traveled, trained, and studied with master instructors from around the globe including Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 

She has studied the following dance styles: Salsa, Mambo, Casino Rueda, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Samba, Afro-Cuban folkloric, and Afro-Puerto Rican. She has over 15 years of combined teaching and training experience in Salsa, Mambo, and Casino Rueda. In addition, she has danced with SF's premiere dance troupe, The Latin Symbolics, directed by Ava Apple. Furthermore, she has danced with Afro-Brazilian company, Sambadat, directed by Tedje Rose. Recently, she has studied, trained, and performed with renowned Bay Area Casino Rueda instructors, Sidney Weaverling and Ryan Mead.

Tara's philosophy is that Dance is for EveryBODY!!! Whatever your size or age...you can dance! She offers affordable weekly group classes in a relaxed, friendly, and supportive environment. All ages, body types/sizes, and same-sex couples are always welcome. She also offers lessons for corporations, special events, fitness and wellness centers, after school youth programs, as well as privates and semi-private groups.

Acevedo currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with High Honors from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, she worked for the University of California, as a public health studies project coordinator. Currently, she works full-time as a self-employed dance instructor, sharing her knowledge and love of dance with all her students.  

Tara's unique style of teaching is evident in her classes. She brings her heart with passion and joy to each class. She will teach you how to move your body to the music and find your own style.

PHILOSOPHY:

Dance is for every BODY!!!

No matter your size or age, you can dance!
 
Classes are offered in a relaxed,  queer friendly, and pressure-free environment.
 
Students are encouraged to learn both the lead and follow to become stronger and more attentive dancers.
 

MISSION STATEMENT:

Promoting health and wellness in local communities through the medium of dance, art, and education.
 
"Dance is my form of therapy. It lifts my spirits when I am feeling down. It strengthens my body, mind, and spirit.  It allows me to release negative energy from my body. I feel energized and rejuvenated after dancing. It also allows me to connect with others and express my emotions and creative self"  -Tara Acevedo, Founder SocialSalsa

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