Programs & Teachers at Redwood Raks

Dance Classes with Shoshanna
(707) 616-6876 •

Shoshanna has offered dance classes for all ages on the North Coast since 1997. She has danced in many styles since she was three, including ballet, jazz, modern, tap and more, before settling into serious study of the dances of the Middle East and American Cabaret Belly Dance. Shoshanna directs Redwood Raks and the Ya Habibi Dance Company and serves as part time faculty in the Dance Program at Humboldt State University.

Shoshanna offers dance classes for Belly Dance students of all ages, Creative Dance for preschoolers, and a new Fairy Dance class for children!


Dance Mix with Ellen Weiss
(707) 407-7715

Have fun with one hour of 15 different dance routines choreographed to upbeat eclectic music.  A broad range of music and styles each class: latin, hip-hop, pop, jazz, country, swing, international, 60s/70s/80s... Drop-ins welcome but it’s also fun to learn and repeat the routines. There are usually 1-2 new songs weekly. $5-8/class

Arcata Rueda: Salsa Rueda de Casino with Jack Lewis
(707) 822-2652 • FACEBOOK GROUP 

Arcata Rueda seeks dancers that would like to meet once or twice a week for Rueda de Casino ("wheel of casino"), either at classes or clubs, go to festivals, and perhaps do exhibitions in the community. Cuban-style salsa ("casino") is super popular in every west coast city and, until recently, it has rarely been seen or taught in the Humboldt Bay area. Rueda is an amazing and fun way to dance casino, because of the synchronized group movement and playful interactions; all patterns and partner-switches are called out in Spanish by one of the dancers. Come dance!

(707) 816-2809 • Facebook 

Led by Miss Julie Hayes and Justin Golnik offer this great hour long multi-level class for all interested in learning or furthering their studies in LA Salsa on 1! After class there is a half hour open dance time. Fridays @ Six = Salsa @ Six! 

Miss Julie also offers periodic series in Bachata 5-6pm and Latin Dance classes for kids Tuesdays 4:30-5:30!

Monday Night Swing!
(707) 633-9031 • Facebook Group
Monday Night Swing is an Arcata tradition!  Learn how to swing dance! Directed by Cailan Haliday, different topics in swing dance styles every month. There's a friendly beginning level class 7-8pm. No partner or experience necessary. Starting at 8pm there is a social dance to DJ'ed swing tunes. Come join the fun! $7 drop-in price, or $20 for a punch card for 4 nights!

Redwood Fusion Partner Dance
(707) 840-4745 • Facebook 

Led by Brennan Smith, Redwood Fusion Partner Dance features weekly classes, dances, and special events for the community. Look them up on Facebook and get connected!

DANZ URBANO with Mimi Kyoko
(707) 616-9674 • Facebook
The best dance party in town is with Mimi Law on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am! Come enjoy a custom blend of Latin dance moves, pop grooves and so much more!  Mimi first became a certified Zumba instructor in 2010, and has loved every single moment of teaching ever since.  Join us for an uplifting dance fitness class filled with great easy to follow moves to fun tunes based in Latin and Hip Hop. Come join us!

Humboldt Folkdancers
(707) 822-8045 • Website

The Humboldt Folk Dancers plan a dance party for every month. These parties offer live music by local and visiting musicians. Please bring a snack to share! You don't have to have any previous dance experience, and all ages are welcome. Just come and join the fun!

SAMBA with Rocío Cristal

Let’s Samba! Everyone is welcome in Rocio’s class, regardless of experience level, gender or age. Rather than counts and choreography, she focuses on rhythm and musicality, encouraging her students to channel their own personality through movement. This style of dance from Rio de Janeiro is well known for its powerful character, quick, playful footwork and larger-than-life attitude—but, above all, sheer joy and celebration of life. Bring all your energy and celebrate with us!

Rocio Cristal Talavera discovered Samba when she moved from Puerto Rico to Arcata in 2010 and instantly fell in love. Shortly after, she became involved in the samba drum and dance community as a performer, creative director and teacher. She has participated in festivals and carnival parades all over the West coast and Brazil.