Gil & Shelley (UK)
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
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.
Leandro & Jessica (CUBA/UK & ITALY/UK)
Salsa & Bachata workshops
Leandro Charanga from Havana, Cuba arrived in the UK in 2007 and was immediately crowned ‘The Reggaeton King.’ 100% Cubano, he is one of the most charismatic performers and teachers in the UK today. His style is unique and cutting-edge, and for this he became famous in Cuba where he is known as ‘Charanga’. In Cuba Leandro made his living as a professional dancer, performer and choreographer. His passion for dance began in childhood, and his dance training began when he was 8 years old. He graduated with distinction from 7 years of study with a leading Havana dance company which is renowned for its breadth of teaching and emphasis on the performance arts. Leandro attained teaching qualifications after 2 more years of study and has taught and performed in all Cuban dance forms; Salsa, Son, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Afro and of course Reggaeton.
Leandro’s warmth, sense of fun and enthusiasm for dance fills a room! From beginners level to advanced master classes, Leandro aims to help students grow their skills and as a result, their pleasure in dancing. Leandro’s professional dance background means that he can incorporate many years of experience in dance steps, body movement and styling into every class, whatever the level. The positive energy has made Leandro a firm favourite at salsa congresses and weekenders. 100% Cubano, he is one of the most charismatic performers and teachers in the UK today. His style is unique and cutting-edge, and for this he became famous in Cuba where he is known as ‘Charanga’.
In Cuba Leandro made his living as a professional dancer, performer and choreographer. His passion for dance began in childhood, and his dance training began when he was 8 years old. He graduated with distinction from 7 years of study with a leading Havana dance company which is renowned for its breadth of teaching and emphasis on the performance arts. Leandro attained teaching qualifications after 2 more years of study and has taught and performed in all Cuban dance forms; Salsa, Son, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Afro and of course Reggaeton. Leandro’s warmth, sense of fun and enthusiasm for dance fills a room!
Credits: Qualified Dance Latin teacher, Winner of LUKAS Tropical Dance Performers of The Year 2017, Featured dancer in Los Van Van’s music video – Oct 2015, 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, 3rd in the UK – BachataStar 2013, Featured dancer in the 2013 movie ‘Cuban Fury’Leandro Charanga
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
Kat & Eddie (UK)
Kathleen & Eddie have been performing together since 2009, meeting in the Laith Sami Performance Group. In 2014, after encouragement from Laith, they started teaching and performing as a couple.
Eddie is always striving to progress as a dancer and is still training in number of different Salsa and Afro-Cuban dance styles. Eddie is also resident teacher at the prestigious Caramelo Latin Dance School in London.
He is originally from Caracas, Venezuela.
Kathleen, or ‘Kat’ as she is commonly known, is originally from Cape Town and trained in ballet, tap and modern jazz before discovering Salsa.
She has performed internationally and they both performed together in the Diablo Dance Company as well as being featured dancers in the Salsa based film comedy ‘Cuban Fury’ starring Nick Frost.
Kat: “My favourite expression is: free spirit through dance, this is why I dance, for the way that only dancing to wonderful music can make you feel ….and the connection that is created between two people sharing that little piece of magic.”
Scott & Inga (UK)
Bachata Sensual workshops
Scott & Inga Bio coming soon
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
Toni Viva La Salsa (UK)
Dj Tony C has been djing Salsa and Bachata since 2007 before he started he was around all the popular Latin dj’s of the salsa world mainly in the UK, and also many international djs learning is craft. He is a dj that reads the crowd and can respond to there musical taste. Has is own radio show every Monday on Roots Fm 95.4
He as played in many clubs all over the UK from Latin Motion to Aberdeen to Wales and events abroad Amsterdam congress Danza del arte Serbia Jadance Jamaica Malta salsa congress Wales salsa festival Aberdeen salsa festival
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.
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.
David & Emily (UK)
Kizomba & Semba workshops
David & Emily’s Bio’s coming soon.
Ahmed & Agne (UK)
Bachata & Salsa workshops
Ahmed Co-founded Salsa Coventry in 2012 (with Olivier Franck) and since then the salsa scene has substantially changed in the city. Ahmed was introduced to Salsa in 2007, In 2008 and 2010 regularly attended classes with Super Mario in London, he promoted Salsa around the Middle East co-organsing events in Jordan, Lebanon and UAE through the isalsame.com platform. In 2011 Ahmed and Agne partnered up and started teaching together. This year Salsa Coventry launched their newest project, the Salsa Coventry Performance Team which aims to further develop skills of the local dancers.
Agne started Salsa in 2009 in Lithuania and continued in the UK, since the young age of 3 Agne was doing Ballroom Dancing in Lithuania, she is part of the Salsa Coventry Team with Ahmed and Olivier since 2012.
Olivier Franck (UK)
Bachata & Salsa workshops
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)
Bachata & Salsa workshops & Salsa & DJ
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.
DJ Manu (UK/PERU)
Salsa workshops & DJ
Manu born in Perú, Manu grew up in Spain and his passion for music started with ’70’s Salsa Dura which he used to listen to as a child.
Manu started to dance when he was seventeen years old starting with Cuban style before moving on to crossbody On1 and then Mambo. He is self taught, simply through watching other people dance and then laterly, he studied with some of the best teachers and dancers in the world including Frankie Martinez and Eddie Torres. He has been dancing for seventeen years, teaching for fourteen and DJing for thirteen.
His first ‘serious’ performing began in 2010 with the name Sabor & Bembé and has performed at major congress events in Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal including the Benidom Salsa Congress, Salsorro, Murcia Salsa Congress, Berlin Salsa Convention, Munich Salsa Congress and the Bolonia Salsa Congress.
He DJ’s at many of the premier Salsa events in the UK, including the Mambocity 5 Star Congress, ULU, Pexava & Bailadura and in teaches regularly for Latin Ice (Arthur and Aiste) and as well as with the legendary Supermario and teaches a range of Latin dance styles.
Jose Ferrera Mulen (UK/CUBA)
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.
DJ Andy – Mambo Vibes (UK)
Salsa & Bachata DJ
I live in Northampton and was introduced to Salsa dancing in 2002. After that first encounter I found myself instantly hooked. I would go and seek out clubs to take part in the group dance lessons and then social dance as much as I possibly could. Moving on to 2008 I started to get involved in teaching, and then opened my first club in Olney, Buckinghamshire and then later in 2009 I relocated to Northampton with the launch of Mambo Vibes. Since then I have operated Mambo Vibes based from Northampton hosting weekly club nights, party nights, private events, and private dance lessons.
I’m fully involved in the promotion of Salsa and other related dances, I teach, DJ, and promote. In March 2015 I achieved the UKA – Licentiate (Club Dance Salsa Division) teaching qualification.
I have a passion for Latin music and have a vast collection of ‘quality’ music that I love to share to the dance floor, wether it is Salsa, Bachata, or Kizomba I will keep the floor on fire all night. I have a big and well respected reputation for the way I set up sound systems. My original background is in electrical & electronic engineering and I really do know how to set up the equipment to achieve the best clarity in the music possible.
You can find out more about Mambo Vibes here
DJ Cristian Lantigua (SPAIN/DOMINICAN)
Salsa & Bachata DJ
Cristian Lantigua Born and raced in Pop Dominican Republic Therefor Bachata, Salsa, Merengue & more tropical Rhythms were Part of his every day life. Since leaving Dominican Republic to set himself in the UK in 2001 He has been providing some of the bestayors Uk’s & International events and congresses. Some to mention, GBSex (M quality dance tuition in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & London, Having taught & Deejayed at some of the manchester) Mambocity 5Stars Congress (London) MotionCity (Birmingham) Hayling Island Salsa Splash, La Clave Dance Convention (London & Brighton) Sexy & Sensual Latin Festival, Peterborough Latin Festival, LatinFest Uk (Torque) Afro-Latin Essence (Luton) I Like like that. (London) Salsa Feel The Heat (Wigan) and many many more.
Now; Together with Natalie Lamona from Spain, Cristian will be bringing some of the Dominican flavours to our dance
floor, come join him..
Claire Kynaston (UK)
Kizomba & Semba workshops
Claire Kynaston Bio’s coming soon.