You can dance to DJ'ed salsa every weekend in Eugene. So despite the rain (or because of it) the Eugene nightlife is not too bad for a salsero, even though we're a city of only 140,000 in the Northwest. Not that we don't have room to grow, we do (speaking of which, if this is the first page you're hitting on EugeneSalsa.com and you're interested in learning how to dance salsa, check out the classes section. You'll find basic to intermediate classes offered many days of the week.)
The most consistent spot to dance is currently at the Vet's Club at 1626 Willamette, where DJ Jose Cruz hosts salsa dancing every Friday. It's a relaxed atmosphere and a particularly good spot for new dancers to try out their stuff. Jose and his Salseros Dance company crew teach a free lesson that happens before the floor opens for dancing (with occasional guest instructors). You'll also get the occasional live band. Check the front page of EugeneSalsa.com for upcoming dates, as they will always be posted there at least a week or so in advance.
On the first and third Saturdays of each month, the Vet' Club hosts Timba night with DJ Vito. Pure Cuban Timba music all night. Expect to find people dancing Cuban-style salsa (called "casino"), including the "rueda de casino" where everyone dances in sync in a large wheel.
Intrigued by Cuban salsa? Want to learn it and/or get practice at dancing it? Eugene Casineros cuban salsa dance group puts on a Sunday Social cuban dance every Sunday evening from 6pm-8m at Courtsports in Springfield.This includes a lesson and then timba is DJ'd afterwards for fun in a relaxed, social atmosphere. $3 donation suggested.
For more Timba, drive up to Corvallis to Sub Zero for "One Night in Cuba", where Mike & Simona (of Rumbanana Dance Group) play Timba, Son Cubano, Cha Cha Cha and Cubaton all night long. Check www.rumbanana.org for dates & times.
1626 Willamette St., Eugene
2728 Pheasant Blvd, Springfield
126 SW 4th St., Corvallis