WORKSHOPS with International & Regional teachers
LA CROSSBODY SALSA - CUBAN SALSA - BACHATA - KIZOMBA - & MORE!
Gil & Shelley (UK)
Salsa Performance Bootcamp workshops
Gil & Shelley are International World Championship Salsa Teachers and Performers. Featured Dancers, “Cuban Fury”, 3 Gold Stars “Got To Dance”, “The UK’s Best Salsa Performers”, Salsa Consultants, “Matilda” The Musical.
Gil is well-known internationally for his creative and unique turn patterns and shines which he teaches with an absolute emphasis on technique and a sense of humour. He is a world championship level performer, having represented Mexico and Austria in numerous national and international highest-level competitions with co-member of Pexava Dance Company, Anke Obermayer. Their most notable achievements include second place in the European Championships Zurich, and third and fifth in the world in the Salsa Open, Athens 2008 and 2009 respectively, placed with the likes of Adrian and Anita, Fernando Sosa (Tropical Gem), and Oliver Pineda.
Shelley is an infectiously enthusiastic dancer who is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s most popular teachers and performers. Together with Lee Wright, they held several national and international competition titles including European Bronze and Silver Medallists and World Semi-Finalists and Top UK Dance Act. Shelley has made numerous appearances on National TV including BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and the Kiss FM Urban Music Awards and is grateful to have worked with every top salsa name in the country.
Shelley is also a fully-qualified Personal Trainer and holds a PhD in Biological Science from Oxford University, able to bring together anatomy, fitness and conditioning work plus dance technique to truly progress your dance to another level
Manu Ramos & Jasmin Wasl (PERU/UK & UK/GERMANY)
Manu Ramos Salsa Dancer, Teacher, Performer and DJ Manu grew up in Peru, where Salsa has been part of his culture. At family reunions or parties Salsa was omnipresent and Manu danced with family and friends as soon as he could stand upright.
When he moved to Madrid as a teenager, Manu was introduced to Salsa Cubana and Cross body and familiarised himself with the history of the Salsa. Eager to raise his Salsa skills to the next level, Manu studied and practiced intensively the Salsa style Mambo. In short time he gained significant skills and knowledge, which led him to teach classes in Salsa On1 and On2 and to perform in Salsa shows. Soon he was renowned as teacher and performer, especially for his tremendous repertoire in partner work and shines, and got invited to numerous events and congresses throughout Europe.
His in-depth understanding and knowledge of Salsa music and the history of Salsa also paved the way to Manu’s DJ career, starting in 2004.
In 2014 he found his way to London – one of the most vibrant strongholds of Salsa with a large Salsa and Mambo community. In short, he was recognised and renowned by London’s Salsa community as highly proficient Salsa teacher and DJ. Up until now, Manu builds an indispensable part of London’s Salsa scene.
At the Salsa Marathon in Prague 2018 Manu met the german dancer Jasmin, who soon moved to London, where they formed MamboJazz and began creating salsa shows and teaching salsa classes together. While growing the MamboJazz brand and performing there debut show “Mira como los pollos” in the UK, Manu and Jasmin are now working on their new show and can be found teaching for some of the most prominent Salsa nights and events in the UK, with international events soon to come.
Jasmin Wasl Dancer, Teacher and Performer Born in Germany, Jasmin grew up arguable dancing as soon as she could walk, taking her first ballet class at the tender age of 3. She soon hit the stage performing her first main role in the ballet company at only 6 years of age.
With her ballet company, Jasmin performed in countless shows in arguably some of the biggest Theaters in Munich like Deutsches Theater and Bayerischer Hof, as well as numerous TV shows like the Sternstunden on the BR channel. As her own interests in other dance forms grew, and with the ballet company diversifying, she was introduced and familiarised herself with new forms of dance adding various styles to her repertoires, such as tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballroom and Latin. Jasmin even started teaching Jazz and Ballroom and competed in international championships with a hip hop company at the age of 17.
In 2017, after one of her hip hop teachers invited her to a salsa event to assist with his class, she discovered Salsa and soon found a real passion and addiction to it. After a trip to New York to further her dance knowledge and experience, she by chance discovered the Mambo style of salsa and has never looked back, with Mambo being her main focus in Salsa to this day.
Although still new on the Salsa scene Jasmin has taken a studious approach to everything Salsa, attending several Salsa congresses and festivals with a diligent yet fun focus to learning everything salsa. During this period she met Manu and soon moved to London where she trained intensively in Mambo, particularly driven forward by Manu’s experienced guidance. They soon formed MamboJazz and began creating salsa shows and teaching salsa classes together. At the same time, Jasmin got the opportunity to join and perform with Katrin Lerner’s Ladies team “The Broadway Ladies” and in May 2019 they won the Stargate Competition at the Mambo City 5Star Congress in London.
While still growing the MamboJazz brand and performing there debut show “Mira como los pollos” in the UK, Jasmin and Manu are now working on their new show and can be found teaching for some of the most prominent Salsa nights and events in the UK, with international events soon to come.
John & Emma Barry (UK)
John and Emma have been teaching salsa in Lincolnshire for 12 years. Running successful classes in Skegness, Boston, Sleaford, and Lincoln. In the early years they taught Cuban style salsa and ran regular Rueda workshops. Later they taught crossbody salsa on1 and as their own dance styles and passions evolved they now teach On2 Mambo, Cha cha and Pachanga, occasionally bachata. John and Emma are as passionate about continuing to develop their own dancing as they are teaching it. They have trained and performed with The Mambonitos choreographed by Miguel and Mayana. During this time they had the amazing opportunity to perform at Mambocity congress straight after the Mambo King himself Eddie. Other teachers that have inspired them are Marchant and Davina and Gary and Jayne. They now continue to learn directly from Adolfo Indacochea and Tania Cannarsa.
John and Emma are committed to developing the standard of dancing in Lincoln and Boston and the On2 scene. Last year they performed with their own performance group around the country.
Edwin Rodriguez (UK/MEXICO)
Edwin Rodriguez was born in Mexico City and he is an exceptional dancer in so many disciplines. Edwin helped found Latin Brothers UK and is a very humble professional dancer, who specialises in Latin Rhythms. Combining this with his contemporary style, Edwin composes unique performances which leave his audience captivated. His other main passion is choreography and teaching people of all abilities and ages to dance. He has studied with the great International Salsa Teachers, with Ballet Masters and body movement coaches, honing his skills, expanding his abilities and understanding more every day the intricacies of this varied and powerful dance. He has been performing nationally and internationally over the last 6 years and rightly so having won various competitions along the way in Mexico. Edwin moved to the UK in 2016 and he is currently performing and teaching at Salsa Socials and Congresses across the UK. His goal is to expand Salsa throughout the UK bringing that unique touch of Mexican flavour.
Olivier Franck (UK)
Franck Olivier Njofang, commonly known as ‘Oli’, was born in Yaounde, Cameroon.He was first introduced to salsa in Manchester by his sister Ruth and she inspired him to dance. Soon he got the ‘Latin bug’ and he became a regular face on the local scene in Coventry and Birmingham.
Having found his passion, he started teaching at The Litten Tree in Coventry with Terry O’Neill and he has not looked back ever since. Oli is very versatile and teaches many Latin and Afro Cuban styles, salsa on 1 and on 2, Bachata, Kizomba and Cha Cha. Since 2011 Oli has been teaching Salsa and Bachata at Warwick University and has helped with the choreography of their yearly show competition which they have won several times.
From 2012 until 2015 Oli has been teaching at Mambo Vibes in Northampton. Oli is also part of the Latin Motion salsa team and teaches at various events and congresses in the UK.
In 2011 he co-founded and launched Salsa Coventry with Ahmed Malik, which currently provides weekly classes and has proven to be very popular throughout the West Midlands. Furthermore, he is running a performance group, teaching his own choreography that will be launched and showcased during the LatinMotion weekender in August 2017.
The foundation of Oli’s passion is the interpretation of the music in all its complexities. He enjoys the creative process of wanting to interpret the musical instruments in the song and the breaks, expressing the flavour of the music with dance movements. Oli is known as being a very approachable person, and although he values the technique and likes to push his students technically, on the dance floor the main aim is to have a good time and when you dance with him he will certainly try to put a smile on your face.
“With the Prominence of social media, web-education has become the norm. Yes support your local clubs and classes, but we must stop collecting GB of Videos without ever Practicing them at home. You are your best teacher. Practice practice, practice” Olivier Franck
Steve Eden (UK)
Salsa & Bachata workshops
Steve has been on the Salsa scene since 1998 and has been running his own Salsa company called Salsa Sensation, since Feb 2000. Nearly all your stars of Salsa have worked with Steve at one of his many clubs and events. As an outsider looking in you can see that Steve really does genuinely know and love them all. This is evident with the appreciation he shows to every single person that he has worked with and for.
Steve has introduced thousands of people to the dance world of Salsa through various different events from regular weekly night to party nights, All dayers (both UK and International), Weekend breaks away, Salsa holidays abroad, many charity events, (holding fundraisers with Mayors and Mayoress), to launching a whole new movement which was called ‘Gravesham Activ’ with Len Goodman and so much more. There really is no end to Steve’s list of achievements, inside and outside of Salsa. Being a self taught dancer, teaching is a passion of Steve’s in ALL areas of dance. It all began at the age of 12 when he found his love of music and dance. With a personal development programme, he continuously strived and still strives to bring the best to every area of dance of which he is part of and this does not limit itself to just Salsa! Steve is well known by all throughout the dance world of Kent and surrounding counties. He has helped masses of people through their journey of dance, whether it be to become a Professional Qualified Instructor or to become a damn good dancer and/or performer, of which some of his students have been seen on TV, in the West End Shows and many others.
Teaching classes is his true passion, and you can see it when he teaches. The classes are energetic and loads of fun, but you still have a great sense of achievement. In addition to this, Steve also really connects with the people he teaches. When asking students of his classes why this is, their response was “Every time I come to a class of Steve’s, he is really understanding of everyone in the class and our abilities, yet really wants to help us push through and achieve more. No rushing, no belittling, no rolling of eyes, just continuous positive energy, so you really can’t do anything but smile and take it all in.”
Steve the DJ absolutely loves playing for the vast and varied audiences he reaches, and this really comes across in the music he plays. Always playing a wide range of music and certainly knowing how to read the floor, he mixes in all the best of the classics and the moderns of the Salsa scene, blending in other styles with ease, such as Bachata, Kizomba, Cha Cha Cha, Reggaeton, even through to a touch of RnB, from the soft and gentle to the fast and furious.
Miguel Rico (UK)
Miguel Rico is one of the most passionate and highly respected dancers and teachers of salsa in the UK. Instructor, Choreographer, Performer – these are his trademarks. Co – Founder & Director @ Miguel Mayana Mambonito Dance Co..
Top UK Teachers & Perform Award, Corona Salsa Champion 2001, Scala Latina Salsa Champion 2003, UKA Salsa Champion 2006-2007, UK Professional Salsa Champion 2007. These are just some of his rewards and achievements since he started this amazing journey 20 years ago.
Miguel’s music interpretation is a gift from his musician parents, this knowledge and experience makes him stand out in his performances and freestyle. His personality and love of Salsa is contagious.
Jose Ferrera Mulen (UK/CUBA)
Salsa (Cuban) workshops
I’m an AfroCuban percussionist and Salsa teacher, I’ve been a member of the Dance Libre professional dance and music company for more than 15 years, I moved to England in 2005 and worked in various festivals like Womad, , Salsa congress, Afrocuban party, etc.
Salsa (Cuban) workshops
Juan Carlos Pacheco is a Professional Cuban Dancer and Choreographer who was born in Cuba but now resides in Peterborough, United Kingdom. He studied all forms of Cuban Traditional Dance from all the venerable Masters for 21 years, mainly in Havana, Cuba, and was a regular performer with the Buena Vista Social Club.
Juan Carlos started his dance studies at the National School of Ballet in Havana, from the age of 7 until the age of 11. He then went on to study at the National School of Art and has a qualification from the Superior Art Institute of Cuba.
He has danced with the Muñequitos de Matanzas (Rumba/Columbia/Guaguanco) and with the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. He has performed in shows with the world famous Buenavista Social Club and Conjunto Chapotin and his Star, Septeto Habanero, Havana Casino, Van Van 1999 La piragua, Anjel Bonne and his Band, Casa de la Musica and Okay Cuba, and many others.
Juan Carlos has also appeared on many Cuban TV programmes, including the “Palmas y Cañas” TV programme, Para Bailar 1982, a festival celebrating Cuban Music, a country music festival, De la gran Escena, and with the Cuban TV Ballet Company. He has also Danced alongside the famous Hermanos Santos, and at the Hotel Inglaterra, Hotel Nacional, Hotel Triton, and the Hotel Riviera in downtown Havana, a formidable venue for traditional Cuban Culture.
He create Rumbahavana salsa (noa JCSALSA), group who teach and perform in Peterborough and over the country.
Aden & Tamara (UK/SPAIN)
Aden & Tamara began dancing together in 2015 and quickly achieved success. They are the BachataStars UK Champions 2015-2016 and have gone on to represent the UK nationally and internationally performing and competing in BachataStars International, Europe Bachata Masters, the World Bachata Open in 2015 and 2016 and they became finalist at the World Latin Dance Cup on the professional bachata cabaret division in Miami 2016r and Orlando last year.
Tamara is from Salamanca, Spain, and began dancing at an early age – studying first hip-hop in LA before later joining a prestigious Spanish dance company, touring internationally dancing a variety of Latin rhythms. Adem has been dancing bachata for over 5 years, learning and training primarily in Spain under the guidance of the creator of the Sensual style, Korke.
Jessica Guastella from Sicily arrived in the UK Summer of 2012 and began dancing at Leandro Charanga’s Cambridge classes in Autumn 2012. With a passion for dance, that is on par with Leandro’s, and her natural talent she was soon standing along side Leandro helping him teach his classes. Together they set the dance floor alight and bring down the house!
Winners of 2015 LUKAS awards in Tropical Dance Teachers of the Year and Tropical Performers of the Year. Finalist in the ‘UK Dance Elite Championship’ competition 2015
Leandro and Jessica are a fantastic dance partnership. With their combined passion for dancing they choreograph the most amazing show pieces and are stunning to watch in action. Jessica has been studying at the Peterborough Regional college and achieved the Diploma in performing arts dance in 2015.
Jessica supports, teaches and performs alongside Leandro all over the UK & Europe but is also a teacher in her own right teaching classes for Eagle Salsa Tours Majorca Spring 2015 event. Jessica has her own funky style infused with Reggaeton, hip hop & street dance. With energy to spare, if there is music she is dancing!
Credits: Qualified Dance Latin teacher, Winner of LUKAS Tropical Dance Performers of The Year 2017, Finalist in the ‘UK Dance Elite Championship’ competition 2015, Winner of LUKAS Tropical Dance Teachers of The Year 2015, Winner of LUKAS Tropical Dance Performer of The Year 2015
Bryan & Veronica (UK)
Bachata Sensual workshops
Bryan & Veronica have been dancing together since 2016. Since then, they have worked hard to build the Bachata scene in Cambridge; Promoters of Sensual Tuesdays “The Bachata Night” and the 50-50 Latin Parties in Cambridge. Official representatives of Daniel & Desiree for 3 years and Directors of their D&D World Team project and 6th Sense – Bachata Ladies Team. They have also competed and were winners of Bachatastars Cambridge 2017 and UK Bachatastars Finalists.
They have been teaching across the UK and internationally including Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Portugal, Marrakesh and have defined their style as Bachata Romantica-You just need to see them dancing to understand why!
Bryan was born in Mauritius and started to dance Bachata when he moved to London in 2014. He fell in love after the first class and took classes from the best teachers in London and Spain, and was soon a member of Ataca and Alemana dance Team (Island Touch) and Daniel & Desire WTP London. Finalist in the UK Bachatastars 2014 and 3rd Place in the Czech Republic Bachatastars 2015. As part of the Flava Bachata Dance Team he won the Turkish World Latin Cup Bachata Group Category and qualified for the Final World Latin Cup in Miami in 2016. In 2016, Bryan was invited to attend a specific course for teachers during the Sensual Week in Cadiz by Korke and Judith where he learnt from the creators of Bachata Sensual, making his dancing and teaching skills even stronger.
Veronica comes from Granada, Spain and started her career in Dance in 2001 as a professional Belly dancer with 12 years of experience. Throughout this time, she learnt from the best Odalisques from Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Madrid, Tunisia and Argentina. Teaching Belly dance in a professional Dance School for 6 years, she organized and participated in many dance events and performances around the country with her Student team. Director and choreographer of her own dance Company “MANAT” for 3 years. To continue building on her dance skills, she spent 2 years exploring TRIBAL FUSION style, which is known for the beauty of its body isolations and fluidity.
She also fell in love with the passionate Argentine Tango. She took private lessons for 2 years with Argentinian teachers learning about the importance of following and leading but also the connection with your dance partner. After 6 months of intensive classes she started to assist her teachers during the classes and participated in some performances.
During 2000-2012 Veronica took Flamenco lessons from one of the best dancers in Granada and Malaga, Elena Chavez. Nothing better to work on your emotions and passions, and learn how to transmit them to your audience.
Before leaving Spain she took a few Salsa and Bachata classes but it was in Cambridge (2015) when Bachata stole her heart. She took her first lessons in Cambridge but quickly moved to London to learn from experienced and professional teachers. She has been travelling around Europe to learn from the best Bachata dancers (Ataca y La Alemana, Daniel Y Desiree, Korke and Judith, Luis & Andrea, Pablo & Raquel, Sergio & Ana to name a few!) She was part of the “Korke and Judith Bachata Team London” during 2015/16 and finally met Bryan on the dance floor in May of 2016. One dance together and the Future was written!
Scott & Inga (UK)
Bachata Sensual workshops
Scott & Inga regional teachers, bio to be published.
Shiv & Gosia (UK)
Urban Kizomba workshops
Shiv and Gosia met through social dancing and began with salsa and bachata. Shortly after they started dancing kizobma and urban kiz in which they felt a much stronger connection to the music and freedom to express themselves more fully. In April 2017 they became the first ever GB Urban Kiz Champions and a month later they came in 3rd in the Urban Kiz World Finals in Paris. After performing and teaching at festivals in the country and abroad they are now travelling around to spread the loce for dance and build an urban kiz and kizomba community.
Cristian Jean-Francois (UK)
Cuban & Kizomba workshops
Christian Jean-Francois U.K.A / E.L.C.D.A, from the French Caribbean, has had a long career in the music and dance industry having founded the Latin Quarter, Kizomba Central and The Kizomba Academy. He teaches Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Kizomba, Tarraxinha and Semba de Roda. His popularity and innovative teaching methods were recognised as Christian is a Multi- Awards winner ” Kizomba Teacher of the Year” 2015 with Air Europa Latin UK Awards (LUKAS). ” Best Male Kizomba Teacher” 2011 with Kizomba Link. Runner up ” Kizomba Teacher of the Year” 2014 with Air Europa Latin UK Awards.
Christian has worked with the United Kingdom Alliance (UKA) to establish International standards for the teaching of Kizomba. This enables instructors to become qualified and students to achieve medals for Kizomba dance providing both incentives and rewards at all levels of ability. Christian also holds an Adjudicator License with The British Dance Council.
Semba de Roda is a new style of dancing. Christian is responsible for putting this style of dance together and has written the syllabus for Kizomba De Roda. Through the UKA, this syllabus is now being used to teach this new exciting dance worldwide. As well as teaching, Christian is also an accomplished dance performer having competed in both the South East Salsa Championships and the King & Queen of Salsa Competitions.
DJing: In addition to teaching dance, Christian is also a sought after Salsa and Kizomba DJ featuring under the name DJ Christiano.
Club Promoter: Christian is the founder of The Latin Quarter & joint founder of Kizomba Central which are event promoting companies and are currently promoting and running their own club nights The Kizomba Academy, Equilibrio, The Union, Bar 25, Clock House. He also works in association with other events where he promotes and also teaches with his own trained group of teachers. These include, Guilford Kizomba, Chocolate Tuesday (Gem Bar), Sabor, El Grande, Scalalatina, Renaissance and more. Christian is also one of the main organisers for the UK Dance Congress 2015 and 2016.
International Workshops & Public Performances: Christian is known all over the World and has been involved in many congresses and festivals worldwide where he has taught and performed. These include Estonia Tallinn Salsa Congress, Malta Salsa Congress, Austria Vienna Sexy & Sensual Latin Festival, Afro Cuban Salsa Festival Norfolk, Gernamy Frankfurt Salsa Festival, Holland Salsa Platform Gronigen, Salas Northwest UK Congress, Teesside salsa festival to name a few.
Videos: Introduction to Kizomba with Christian Jean-Francois Kizomba Act 1 – Beginners to Improver, Introduction to Kizomba with Christian Jean-Francois Kizomba Act 2 –
Intermediate level are two of the world’s best selling Kizomba Tutorials which resulted in a full page write up in the Multimedia review section in Dance Today magazine. These bestselling DVD’s are also found in the top two selling spots on Amazon worldwide.
Award winner “Kizomba Teacher of the Year” 2015 LUKAS Award
Award winner “Best Male Kizomba Teacher” 2011 KIZOMBA Link, Runner up “Kizomba Teacher of the Year” 2014 LUKAS Award
Kizomba Central, Kizomba Academy, Latin Quarter, Latin Quarter Live, Latin Quarter Dance School
David & Emily (UK)
Kizomba & Semba workshops
David & Emily’s regional teachers, bio to be published.
Claire Kynaston (UK)
Kizomba & Semba workshops
Claire Kynaston regional teacher, bio to be published.