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Dancing in the Mist

Experience the Ultimate Bachata Festival in Los Angeles | The L.A. Bachata Festival

Established in 2009, the L.A. Bachata Festival (LABF) is the original and premier Bachata Festival in Los Angeles. Join us for an unforgettable bi-annual event, attracting passionate dance enthusiasts from around the globe. Mark your calendars every February and August to be a part of this life-changing experience.

At LABF, we create a welcoming environment where freedom, expression, and fulfillment through dance thrive. Immerse yourself in the joy of life and Latin Dance as you make new friends, network with like-minded individuals, and celebrate the vibrant spirit of the festival.

Since its inception, LABF has been dedicated to providing unparalleled experiences and a diverse range of workshops and events. Discover the Beginner Bachata Festival, electrifying live Bachata Concerts, exhilarating pool parties, awe-inspiring performances, and the best DJ line-up in LA. From Sensual Bachata to Traditional Bachata, Salsa, Kizomba, Zouk, Cumbia, and more, our five ballrooms will keep you dancing until 5am. And don't miss the incredible Sunrise Silent Party, where LA's dancers go until 7am.


But LABF is more than just Bachata classes. We proudly offer a variety of workshops to suit all interests. Explore Hip Hop, Heels, Contemporary, and Jazz alongside our world-class instructors. Unleash your inner sensuality with the Famous Lap Dance Workshop and master the art of Bachata with our International Instructors. Additionally, we offer unique workshops such as yoga with Sound Baths, Massage, and the Instructor Training & Business of Dance Course, taught by LABF organizer Leslie Ferreira.

Don't miss out on this life-changing event that will transform your passion for dance. Join us at the LA Bachata Festival and discover a world of endless possibilities. "It Will Change Your Life."

Dancing in the Mist

About Us

Jorge Contreras & Leslie Ferreira

Are the dynamic duo who have popularized Bachata in the Los Angeles Area.

Together they have accomplished the following:

  • Started the First Bachata Dance Company in LA, Bachata Caliente

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  • Is this an all-ages event?
    All ages are welcome.
  • Can I transfer my pass?
    You may transfer your pass to our next event. you can not transfer to another person. Yes you NEED to purchase a transfer ticket for the next event. See details HERE
  • Do I need to know how to dance?
    We have workshops for all levels of dance, including beginner bootcamps in Bachata, Salsa, Zouk, Kizomba and more. We also offer intermediate and advanced workshops.
  • Can I record classes?
    Most Instructors allow you to video at the end of the class, we ask that you take photos with the instructors outside the ballrooms, so the next class can start on time.
  • Tickets and Passes
    Can I buy my ticket at the door? Tickets can be bought at the door. We accept cash and credit cards. No personal checks. We highly recommend you purchase in advance for expedited service. If you are purchasing at the door cash will help expedite the process.
  • What do I bring to check-in the day of the event?
    You will need a government issued photo ID. and a copy of your emailed receipt (We can Scan your Email on your Phone)
  • Do I need a partner?
    You do not need a partner. Instructors rotate the Students in all of the workshops. Most people come without a Partner :)
  • Where do I find the workshop schedule?
    The workshop schedule will be available in Advanced on our Website. To get a sample of the type of workshops offered, see last year’s schedule HERE.
  • What does my pass include?
    You’ll have access to all of this: Four unforgettable nights and three exhilarating days Dance workshops with internationally renowned instructors World-class dance performances Social dancing in separate Bachata, Salsa, and Kizomba/Zouk ballrooms until 5 a.m. Epic pool parties If you upgrade to VIP, you’ll also gain access to the following: Reserved Front Rows seating for the evening performances Fri-Sun. Free t-shirt
  • I bought a full pass during the early-bird sale but I am going to perform with my team. Do I have to buy a performer pass now?
    Performers are allowed to perform with a performer pass, a full pass or a VIP pass so you would not need to buy anything additional. However, you must be sure to get a performer wristband at registration in order to be granted access backstage. A dancer who purchased a performer pass but is no longer able to perform for whatever reason, will be required to pay to upgrade to a full pass or a VIP pass.


This place isn't just a BALLROOM dance studio, it also has ballet, hip-hop, jazz, dance fitness and they're all for ADULTS! No children or young teens in classes, so it's very age appropriate! The salsa and bachata social dance scene is on FIRE here too... make no mistake, this studio has more going on than the name indicates. Highly recommended for beginners and intermediate dancers!!
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