The Collegiate Salsa Open


The Collegiate Salsa Open is the premiere salsa summit where dancers from colleges and communities all over California come together to celebrate our unique salsa scene through competitions, performances, and all-night social dancing.

By the students, for the students, two years running
Returning in 2017

Let's Dance

The 2016 Collegiate Salsa Open

May 7th, 2016: Second Annual

Competition Champions

1st Place: San Jose State University
Spartan Mambo
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2nd Place: University of Southern California
Break On 2
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3rd Place: California State University, Long Beach
CSULB Salsa
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Honorable Mentions

California State University, Northridge
Salsa Libre
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San Diego State University
SDSU Salsa Club
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Memories

Workshops

Social Dancing

Performances

California State University, Long Beach
CSULB Salsa
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California State University, Northridge
CSUN Salsa Libre
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El Camino College
El Co Salseros
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Marymount California University
Xtreme Marymount California University Dance Team
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San Diego State University
SDSU Salsa Club
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San Jose State University
Spartan Mambo
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Southwestern College
Southwestern Bachata
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Southwestern College
Southwestern Salsa
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University of California, Los Angeles
Salsa Society at UCLA
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University of California, Riverside
Salsiente Performance Team
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University of California, Santa Cruz
Sabrosura
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The 2015 Collegiate Salsa Open

April 25th, 2015: First Annual

Competition Champions

1st Place: San Jose State University
Spartan Mambo
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2nd Place: California State University, Northridge
Salsa Libre
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3rd Place: University of Southern California
Break On 2
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Honorable Mentions

University of California, Los Angeles
Salsa Society at UCLA
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University of California, Riverside
The Salsa Club at UCR
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Performances

California State University, Long Beach
CSULB Salsa
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California State University, Northridge
CSUN Salsa Libre
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El Camino College
El Co Salseros
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San Diego State University
SDSU Salsa Club
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University of California, Los Angeles
Salsa Society at UCLA
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University of California, Riverside
Salsiente Performance Team
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University of California, Santa Cruz
Sabrosura
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University of Southern California
Break On 2
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Memories

Workshops and Social Dancing

21 Colleges in Attendance

  • Cal Poly Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona Salsa Dance Team)
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (CPSalsa)
  • California State University, Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton Salsa Club)
  • California State University, Long Beach (CSULB Salsa)
  • California State University, Northridge (CSUN Salsa Libre)
  • California State University, Sacramento (Salsa Loca)
  • California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB Salchata Club)
  • Claremont Colleges (Salsa Addicts)
  • El Camino College (El Co Salseros)
  • Loyola Marymount University (LMU Salsa Club)
  • Pasadena City College (Candela Salsa Club)
  • San Diego State University (SDSU Salsa Club)
  • San Jose State University (Spartan Mambo)
  • Santa Clara University (Salsa Clara)
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI Salseros)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (Salsa Society at UCLA)
  • University of California, Riverside (The Salsa Club at UCR & Salsiente Performance Team)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (Cotillion Dance Club: Strictly Social)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (Sabrosura)
  • University of Southern California (Break On 2)
  • Whittier College (Latin Dance at Whittier College)

About Us: The Latin Dance Alliance

The Collegiate Salsa Open (CSO) is organized by the Latin Dance Alliance (LDA). The LDA was created in 2014 by leaders of the college Latin dance community. The LDA's mission is to:

  • Promote the spirit of community and love for dance
  • Support the college Latin dance community's health and growth

In regards to the college Latin dance community, the LDA seeks to accomplish this by:

  • Unifying the college Latin dance community
  • Providing support and training opportunities for social, performance, and competitive college clubs and teams
  • Building relationships and awareness between teams
  • Assisting coordination between socials
  • Helping leadership transition from generation to generation
  • Creating a meaningful space (The CSO) for the college Latin dance community to come together to compete, perform, and socialize

LDA Financial Responsibility in the College Dance Community

In an effort to uphold the ideals of the college dance community, all of the LDA's college activities (including but not limited to The CSO) are not-for-profit. Specifically, board advisors and other LDA members receive no payment for their involvement in the LDA's college activities. Their positions are voluntary and are taken on as a way to give back to the community. All proceeds from college activities will go directly back into the college dance community.

We do however recognize the individuals and organizations that work closely with the college dance community (promoters, DJs, instructors, etc). The college dance community depends on and greatly benefits from their hard work and recognizes that these business people should be paid fairly for that work. The LDA supports these individuals being paid fairly whether working directly with the LDA or in the college dance community in general.