I am already two months in Cali and by now I can recommend a few things regarding Salsa in this town.
Apparently there are hundreds of them in Cali but it is not easy to find them.
Here are a few that are popular within foreigners:
“Son de Luz” is a small school in the Alameda neighbourhood (quite in the center) that specializes in giving private lessons (there are also group lessons). I am already dancing the Cuban salsa style so I was very glad that the main teacher and owner named Luz (light) explained to me the differences between the styles with a lot of details. It is the first time in my life that I take private lessons in anything and I must admit that the lessons are effective, I get corrected with the mistakes immediately and it saves me a lot of time.
Prices are cheap. 30000 pesos (17 dollars) for one hour of private lesson and there are discounts if you buy several of them.
Address: Calle 7 # 27-32 not far from the metro-bus station Manzana del saber, Estadio and more.
Another school is “El Manicero” very near the metro-bus station Tequendama (address Calle 5 # 39-71). El Manicero gives group lessons, 4 times a week and each lesson takes 2 hours. It is fun, there are Colombians and foreigners in the class. Price is cheap: 7000 pesos if you pay per lesson and much less if you pay monthly.
There is also the school “Swing Latino” which has a worldwide reputation and its members give shows. This school is more expensive, I have no experience with them.
As for the Salsa clubs : Many of the Salsa clubs are out of town and not in Cali center, because of noise laws (la ley zanahoria). One recommended Salsa club which is in the center is “Tin Tin Deo” and the best day to be there is Thursday night. On this night there are good dancers and a lot of foreigners.
Here you can see a video in Tin tin deo :
There is another recommended club with good level of dance, it is called Brisas in the Jamondi district, on mondays, It is completely out of town and it cost quite a lot to get there by taxi, so it’s better to share one with other people.
Salsa culture is very strong in Colombia, you can hear salsa music everywhere, at breakfast, in the bus, in the shops just everywhere but very few Colombians are taking Salsa lessons, so in most salsa clubs (and in Cali, almost all clubs are Salsa) the people can just make very basic steps.
You can look a this page with explanations about the different salsa styles: