CSUF Salsa Club is a non-profit student organization associated with Cal State
Fullerton campus. We believe in building solid relations with the salsa
community and hope to provide a vibrant salsa scene. We are salsa
enthusiasts who love listening and dancing to salsa. We spend a majority of our time going to salsa events and planning salsa activities. We invite everyone to our extended family.
Through the experience and direction of our coach Kazumi DeVries, we believe we can succeed in
giving back to our beloved scene. We look
forward to enjoying your company and some good salsa dancing!
Our Mission and Values
Music and dance can lift the spirits, help build stronger communities, and promote understanding and tolerance. Through music and dance, we want to invigorate and inspire those interested in salsa. Our two main goals are:
To Make It Affordable
We try to keep costs low so it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to learn and dance salsa. We hope to support and encourage members to become the dancer they've always wanted to be.
Yield Quality Results
We believe in quality instruction so that you can "dance with confidence" and learn from the best in the industry. We are dedicated to setting a high standard so you can maximize your skills, time, and energy.
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Founder Kazumi DeVries and Joshua Mendoza
work together on building CSUF Salsa Club
August 1, 2010
In the beginning, the current salsa club at Cal State Fullerton was called, "Candela". It was a struggling club of over 2 years with a peak membership of 25+. The current president was on his way out and very few members showed interest in maintaining the club's leadership. Knowing the hard work that lay ahead, Joshua Mendoza became president and took on the responsibility of reviving salsa @ CSUF. He was determined to increase club membership and to improve the club's success.
Kazumi showed prior interest working with CSUF but communication was poor between the former executive board. Kazumi had given up contact and went on to continue hosting her successful Clave Lab Social in Fountain Valley. Determined to build a formidable club, Josh sought out advice from Kazumi DeVries. Soon after, Candela dissolved and a new salsa club was born, the CSUF Salsa Club.
We owe everything to Kazumi DeVries for the club's success. Her guidance, sacrifice, vision, strong values, and leadership have shaped its leaders and has made a profound impact on the club's purpose:
To preserve the history of Latin dancing as a fine art
To promote its progress on campus
To maintain affordable classes for students
To instill moral values and standards in its membership
and to provide support and the opportunity for dance sport competitions.
CSUF Salsa logo was born
August 2, 2010
Calvin Nguyen, a graphic designer, was asked to produce a flyer for CSUF Salsa Club by the current president, Joshua Mendoza. He agreed to donate his time and effort to the club.
Funny Insight: Calvin Nguyen produced the flyer under a time constraint and had no clue that Josh would use it as the official club logo. If he would've known, he said he would probably dedicate more time into it.
The logo was later approved by Joshua Mendoza, Kazumi DeVries, and the current board.
Kazumi DeVries agrees to teach classes
August 3, 2010
With a pending contract, little semblance of an organization, and no guarantee of a set wage or rooms she agreed to teach for the CSUF Salsa Club.
She agreed under the condition that the club will continue to pursue its founding principles and that we would eventually afford to pay her, her prevailing rate.
Insight: Joshua the club founder says, "She put on the line her reputation, time, and expense to pursue her love of dance and the opportunity to impact people's lives. I promised to honor her request and make her proud of our club".