Salsa Classes

Get ready to spice up your dance moves with Caramelo Latin Dance’s vibrant salsa classes at the best place to learn salsa in London! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or taking your very first steps onto the dance floor, our inclusive and welcoming environment is perfect for dancers of all levels. Say goodbye to boring workouts and hello to a fun-filled way to stay fit, make friends, and unleash your inner dancer!

Salsa is more than just a dance – it’s a joyful celebration of life and community, it’s the connections you make and the memories you create. Join us and discover the rhythm, passion, and energy of salsa dancing as you learn from our amazing team of experienced instructors. From mastering the basic steps to perfecting intricate footwork, our classes are designed to help you grow and improve while having a blast along the way.

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of London’s salsa scene. Whether you’re looking to meet new people, unwind after a long day, or simply have a great time, our classes offer the perfect opportunity to connect, laugh, and dance the night away.

So why wait? Join us for salsa classes in London at Caramelo Latin Dance and you’ll be spinning and shimmying your way to dance floor success in no time!

Caramelo Salsa classes cater to dancers at all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. No partner needed! We rotate partners regularly.
All of our classes are taught in a 4 week progressive course format, building content and practice week on week.

All Levels: Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, Advanced
Progressive structured content week by week

Beginners Only
Covers all Salsa foundations in 1 Day

Welcome to your first steps, literally, into Salsa dancing. Whether you have no experience at all or have taken a couple of Salsa classes, this beginner’s course is perfect for you. Taught with patience and encouragement, you will learn the timing & rhythm of Salsa, the core basic steps & turns in Salsa, the foundation of the cross-body in NY-Style Salsa and the basic principles of leading and following in partner dancing. For those who feel they have ‘two left feet’, you will discover that you do have a right foot after all!

Prerequisite: None – no dance experience necessary!
Combine this course with: Bachata, Cha Cha Cha.
At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

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salsa classes london

Now that we got you dancing, you will re-cap the basics in Salsa Beginners 1 classes. We will turn our attention to partner-work, focusing on the cross-body lead, right turn and cross-body turn variations with emphasis on creating various basic turn-pattern combinations and adding styling for the followers. Timing and rhythm will be built-up and encouraged. For those who feel they have ‘two left feet’, you will discover that you do have a right foot after all!

Prerequisite: Completion of Salsa Beginners 1 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.
Recommendation: We advise you repeat this level 2 times.
Combine this course with: Bachata, Ladies Styling Improvers, Cha Cha Cha.
At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Re-capping and expanding upon Salsa Improvers 1, we will re-visit cross-body turns, right turns and introduce you to more advanced variations of the cross-body turn to increase your repertoire of turn-pattern combinations. There will be a focus on spinning, wraps, footwork shines, as well as tips & styling for the follower in partner-work. By now, you will feel assured and confident when hitting the dance floor!

Prerequisite: Mastering of Salsa classes at Improver 1 level or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.
Combine this course with: Bachata, Ladies Styling Improvers, Cha Cha Cha.
Recommendation: We advise you repeat this level 4 to 5 times.
At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

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Re-capping and expanding upon Salsa Improvers 2, you will be reminded of the “dos & don’ts” of dance floor etiquette. We will cover intricate travelling-turns and the more advanced technique of ‘open-breaks’. We’ll also introduce you to double spins and incorporate multiple spins into partner-work combinations. Good leading and following techniques in partner-work are worked upon, with following and styling tips incorporated into every new turn-pattern combination. Precision in technique, footwork, posture and balance will be encouraged.

Prerequisite: Mastering of Salsa Improvers 2 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.
Combine this course with: Bachata, Ladies Styling Improvers, Cha Cha Cha.
Recommendation: We advise you repeat this level 6 to 8 times.
At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Re-capping and expanding upon Salsa Intermediate 1, we will teach you how to build your own turn patterns using good technique, involving a light lead, clear signalling, speed and timing, as well using all 8 counts in footwork and partner-work. Followers will learn to respond quickly to more advanced techniques so as to remain light, mastering double spins, improving good posture and adding ladies arm-styling. By this stage, whether you are a leader or follower, you will be confident to dance with a variety of dancers!

Prerequisite: Mastering of Salsa Intermediate 1 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.
Combine this course with: Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata, Mambo on2.
Recommendation: We advise you repeat this level 6 to 8 times.
At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

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salsa mambo classes in London

With all the techniques under your belt, in our weekly advanced classes we will encourage you to include elements such as musicality, body movement isolations, spinning variations, improvisation in partner-work and footwork. This level is tailored for you to master all the techniques needed to be considered “advanced”, such as syncopations, multiple-turns and intricate leading & following techniques and turn-patterns. We will also encourage you to create and improvise your own patterns and footwork. A high level of creative turn-pattern combinations, technique & speed, multiple spinning, arm-styling and partner connection will help you dance with confidence with an array of dancers, whether at your local salsa club or at salsa festivals in the world. All topped off with the most important aspect of this social dance… a smile!

Prerequisite: Mastering of Salsa Intermediate 3 classes or equivalent experience. This level has a compulsory evaluation to enter. Evaluations available upon request.
Combine this course with: Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata, Mambo on2.
Recommendation: We advise you do this level 6 to 8 times.

If you have more questions please check our FAQ section or give us a call!


Bachata Classes

Bachata is a beautifully sensual partner dance, hugely popular with dancers worldwide. It is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighbourhoods of the Dominican Republic. Bachata lyrics are usually romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. Bachata grew out of – and is still closely related to – the pan Latin-American romantic style called bolero. Over time, it has been influenced by merengue – a fast paced danceable music also native to the Dominican Republic – and by a variety of Latin American guitar styles.

Bachata has roots very similar to Argentine Tango–meaning it has a rather risqué background: much the way Tango was born in the bordellos of Argentina, Bachata came of age in Dominican “houses of the night”. That’s the short explanation, of course, but it goes a long way in terms of explaining the lyrics of the music and the mood of the dance. As with many Afro-Caribbean dances, it can feature showy footwork, or it can be danced in a very intimate closed hold. In most cases the music is slower and simpler than salsa, although that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as flavourful.

Today, Bachata is known worldwide. Music from classic artists like Joan Soriano, Luis Vargas, and Anthony Santos, as well as they modern counterparts like Romeo Santos, Andy Andy, and Prince Royce can be found on Spotify or iTunes.

Just as the music has gained popularity and recognition, the Bachata dance has left the rural countryside of the Dominican Republic to reach places like London, New York City, Paris, Madrid, Sydney and Tokyo.

Learn the seductive dance from the Dominican Republic – BACHATA! In this course, you will learn all the fundamentals of the very sexy Bachata dance including footwork, rhythm & timing, leading and following techniques, learning the basic Bachata hip movement & steps. We will incorporate all these elements into basic turns and several beginner partner-work combinations.

At the end of the course you will have learned enough material to make you feel like going to a Bachata club that same night.

Prerequisite: None – no dance experience necessary!
Recommendation: We advise you do this level 1 to 2 times.
Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Mambo on2.
At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Building on the basics you learned in the Beginners level this course will take you through the next step in the Bachata foundations with the intro into body movement and more intricate turn patterns with your partner as well as new footwork for your shines.

Prerequisite: Mastering of Bachata Beginners or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.
Recommendation: We advise you do this level 4 to 6 times.
Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Mambo on2.
At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Re-capping and expanding upon the Improvers level you will learn the skilful aspects of body movement in Bachata. Leading & following techniques and musicality of this sensual and romantic dance will be emphasized. Also shown will be the differences the various styles of Bachata, such as Moderna, Sensual and Dominican.

New partner-work combinations will be introduced each week with a focus on body rhythm, styling and execution. We will also encourage students on developing musicality and learning how and where to add dips and close holds, as well as hit the musical accents to spice up the dance.

Prerequisite: Mastering of Bachata Improvers or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.
Recommendation: We advise you do this level 6 to 8 times.
Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Mambo on2.
At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

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bachata classes in London

Mastering and expanding upon Bachata Intermediate level, we will encourage you to be more expressive with your movements and the sensuality in Bachata by adding different dance fusions to Bachata.

Have you taken Bachata lessons to an intermediate / advanced level and been dancing in the clubs but want more of a challenge and some new movements? Then this course is for you! We will build on what you already know by adding new body isolations, turns and countless variations. Our body movement drills will help you add that sexiness that is needed to make this dance look effortless.

Prerequisite: Mastering of Bachata 3 or equivalent experience. Evaluations to join this level are mandatory.
Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Mambo on2

If you have more questions please check our FAQ section or give us a call!


NY Mambo (On2) Classes

NY Mambo Classes at Caramelo Latin DanceWhen Swing and Cuban music came together it created a fascinating rhythm and in turn created a new sensational dance – Mambo!

The Mambo could not have been conceived earlier since up to that time, the Cuban rhythms and American Jazz were still not wedded. The “Mambo” dance is attributed to Perez Prado who introduced it at La Tropicana night-club in Havana in 1943. Since then other great Latin American band leaders have achieved styles of their own and furthered the Mambo craze.

In the United States it first appeared in New York’s Park Plaza Ballroom – a favourite hangout of enthusiastic dancers from Harlem. The Mambo gained its excitement in 1947 at the Palladium and other renowned places such as The China Doll, Havana Madrid and Birdland.

The modern Mambo dance from New York was popularised in the 70s by Eddie Torres and his contemporaries who were the Post-Palladium or “second generation” of Mambo dancers who kept Mambo alive and inspired thousands of NY Mambo dancers whose numbers are continuously growing. Eddie Torres is a New York dancer and Mambo fanatic who has become the leading exponent of the style and has taught the world to dance the Mambo once again. Eddie Torres is known as the “Mambo King” but he is also known as “el maestro de los maestros” because most New York Mambo and Salsa dance instructors and performers have learned from him. 

Caramelo instructors have have trained in Eddie Torres style mambo, spending time in NY and attending Eddie’s classes, as well as travel regularly to various international events where they continue taking his workshops. Eddie is a living legend of Mambo and Salsa and it is an honour to carry on and share the amazing dance style he created. The Mambo today is as hot as it was in the ’50’s with many influences, such as African, Cuban, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern dance…. you’ll never run out of steps!

The modernized Mambo will look very similar to Salsa on1 at first glance. However, as you grow your understanding of the unique Mambo timing, you will find the style has a very different dynamics to Salsa. It is smooth, jazzy, elegant and a more sophisticated way of interpreting Salsa music. Unlike Salsa on1, NY Mambo is danced on2 and is a very stylized dance, with emphasis on intricate footwork, longer and more complex turn patterns, beautiful hand and arm movements, flow and smooth body isolations. However, the Mambo can also be vibrant and energetic depending on the music choice.

Read all about what you will learn in the different course levels below: 

Intro / Transition to Mambo – Beginners

This course is ideal for Salsa dancers who are at an intermediate level or higher and are comfortable with their Salsa timing. You can also take this course if you are brand new to Latin dancing and only wish to learn Mambo on2 rhythm and dance style.

You will learn the basic steps, partner-work, stepping on the “2” and the movements in Mambo. Also, we will help you identify the instruments used in the music, like the conga and clave, to make you more comfortable with the Mambo rhythm.

Prerequisite: No dance experience necessary, but being of Salsa Intermediate 2 level or equivalent experience helps.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 1 to 2 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata. 

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Mambo 2Improver / Intermediate

Re-capping and expanding upon Intro/Transition to Mambo, we will focus on rhythm, timing and spinning/turning preparations in Mambo. This will be covered in both intricate but manageable footwork and partner-work.

Combining all these aspects will give a greater knowledge and appreciation of the distinct differences when dancing Mambo from Salsa, especially with how it will apply to your Cross-body turns, spinning and styling. All this will lead to smooth partner-work with styling to enable you to have fun on the dance floor.

Prerequisite: Mastering of Intro / Transition to Mambo course or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 7 to 9 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Mambo 3 – Advanced

With good knowledge and application of Mambo techniques and rhythm, we will show how to add musicality, body movements and arm-styling to the latest partner-work combinations and sizzling footwork shines from our internationally acclaimed instructors.

Our instructors have trained in Eddie Torres style Mambo, as well as with some of top Mambo teams in the world, such as Santo Rico, Karisma and Yamulee. We will not only share our passion, vast experience and knowledge, but what our contemporaries teach at the latest Salsa congresses and festivals around the world!

Prerequisite: Mastering of Mambo 2 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request. Mandatory evaluation is required to join this course. Evaluations can be arranged on request.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

Cha CHa Cha Classes

Learn to sway your hips to the Latin rhythm that is Cha Cha Cha! This fun-filled, action-packed, syncopated-step dance will give you the confidence to express yourself on the dance floor and beyond
The Cha-Cha-Cha dance originated in the 1950s in Cuba, emerging as a fusion of several dance styles, including Mambo and Danzón. Its roots can be traced back to the syncopated rhythms of Afro-Cuban music, particularly the syncopation of the danzón-mambo. The name “Cha-Cha-Cha” is said to have derived from the sound of dancers’ feet as they shuffled across the floor, creating a distinctive rhythm.

In the 1950s, Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín is credited with formalising the Cha-Cha-Cha dance style by introducing the characteristic triple-step pattern. This step, known as the “cha-cha-cha,” became the hallmark of the dance, giving it its unique flair and infectious energy. The Cha-Cha-Cha gained popularity not only in Cuba but also in the United States and around the world, becoming a staple in ballroom dance competitions and social gatherings.

Over time, the Cha-Cha-Cha evolved and incorporated elements from other dance styles, such as Jazz and Latin American dances like the Mambo and Rumba. Its lively, syncopated rhythm and playful movements captivated dancers globally, making it a beloved favourite in both casual and competitive dance scenes. Today, the Cha-Cha-Cha continues to thrive as a dynamic and vibrant dance form, celebrated for its infectious energy, expressive movements, and rich cultural heritage.

Cha Cha Cha 1 – Beginners

Whether you have never done Cha Cha before,  had some exposure to it, or even know some Ballroom-style Cha Cha CHa, then this course is perfect for you. We will teach you the basics of this syncopated-step dance, which will improve your Salsa timing and most importantly help you become light on your feet. 

The course will cover what we call the “core drill combo’s”, a series of step combinations and simple partner-work that will help to understand the rhythm and timing. What might seem difficult in the beginning will become very easy!

Prerequisite: None – no dance experience necessary!

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 1 to 2 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Cha Cha Cha 2 – Improvers / Intermediate

Building upon the “core drill” steps and basic partner-work, we will highlight the differences between the more advanced dance movements to the Cha Cha rhythm and timing.

You will learn more challenging partner-work and footwork sequences, focusing on becoming more comfortable with keeping the timing. Elements of beautiful Cha Cha arm-styling and body movements will be encouraged. This will help develop your co-ordination and footwork speed to a high intermediate level.

Prerequisite: Mastering of Cha Cha 1 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 7 to 9 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

Cha Cha Cha 3 – Advanced

Now the real fun and creativity begins! Together, we will show you how creative Cha Cha can be compared to other Latin dances. Special focus will be applied to playful musicality and improvisation in partner connection.

Bringing together all these elements and more will give you the encouragement to hit the dance floor with confidence to connect with music and express yourself. All topped off with a big joyous smile!

Prerequisite: Mastering of Cha Cha 2 or equivalent experience. This level has a compulsory evaluation to enter. Evaluations available upon request.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata.

Kizomba Classes

Kizomba dance, with its sensual movements and deep connections, traces its origins to the vibrant cultural landscape of Angola in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Emerging during a period of social and political change, Kizomba found its roots in Semba, a traditional Angolan dance form infused with rhythms from African and Portuguese influences. Initially evolving as a social dance among Angolan communities, Kizomba soon spread its wings across borders, captivating dancers worldwide with its mesmerising sway.

The word “Kizomba” itself translates to “party” in Kimbundu, a Bantu language spoken in Angola. As the dance gained popularity, it evolved beyond its Angolan roots, blending with other dance styles like Zouk and Tango to create a unique fusion of movement and music. Kizomba’s slow, sensual steps, coupled with its soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics, reflect the nuances of love, longing, and connection intrinsic to its cultural heritage.

In the 1990s, Kizomba experienced a surge in popularity across Europe, particularly in Portugal, where it found a devoted following among dancers and enthusiasts. Its sultry rhythms and intimate embrace resonated deeply with dancers, offering a platform for emotional expression and connection on the dance floor. Today, Kizomba continues to evolve as a dynamic and inclusive dance form, celebrated for its ability to transcend cultural boundaries and unite people through the universal language of music and movement.

KizombaBeginners

This level will explain the key foundations of this dance, developing the basic movements as well as the leading and following techniques. We will be focusing on connection, musicality and getting your bodies familiar with the Kizomba hold and the key connection points in the partnerwork.

Kizomba is a gentle and sensual dance, two bodies as one, we aim to give our students by the end of the 4 weeks the solid fundamentals to start enjoying the Kizomba dance experience.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha

 

 

Salsa Styling Classes

Salsa styling classes provide an excellent opportunity for both men and women to focus on technique, body mechanics, your own individual style and creative interpretation of Latin music. These classes concentrate on accentuating style elements for ladies and gents respectively to further polish and refine your movements, add some extra pizzaz to your dancing. Styling classes are held in mirrored dance studios.

Want to add elegance, sabor (flavour), beautiful arm-styling, sensuality and grace to your dancing? Then Salsa Ladies Styling class is for you! Learn how to incorporate body-rolls, good posture, hip movements, isolations and musicality to your solo shines and within the partner-work.

In this Salsa Styling class we will cover and drill movements / techniques to encourage you to incorporate arm & hand-styling. Our techniques will help to improve your balance, add styling within turns, cross-body lead variations and in open stance. Learn to incorporate styling that looks natural without interfering as a follower and learn how to make your dancing look fresh, fun and musical no matter who you are dancing with or what song you are dancing to. Bring out the femininity and playfulness of Salsa and Latin dancing.

This is a confidence building, women-only course. The Ladies Styling courses are taught to Salsa music and On1.

Prerequisites:

  • For Ladies Styling Improvers / Intermediate you need to be at the Salsa Improver 2 level at a minimum.
  • For Ladies Styling Intermediate / Advanced level you need to have a minimum of 9-12 months consistent experience of Salsa classes and be of at least Intermediate level. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you to always keep up with your styling!
Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata, Mambo on2.

salsa men styling classes

We want out men to look comfortable and stylish on the dance floor! Gain confidence in your movement, learn to play with the music – this Salsa Men Styling course will help you add comfortable body movements, styling and footwork that will add pizzaz and flavour to your dancing. You will learn specific techniques and exercises such as body isolations movements, greater agility, flexibility, posture & positioning, good spinning technique, Cuban & rumba movements, as well as footwork exercises/combinations to encourage quick feet.

There are a lot of styling options out there, so we try our hardest to cover with you as many as possible. Ladies don’t have to be the only ones styling it up on the dance floor. We share a lot of know-how and tips with our gentlemen as well!


Prerequisite: Completion of Salsa Intermediate 1 & above or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.
Recommendation: We advise you to always keep up with your styling!
Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata, Mambo on2.

Salsa Spins and Turns Clinic course

This course will focus on the key aspects of spinning such as spotting, balance, timing, coordination, posture, correct feet and body positioning.

Additionally you will will go through a number of stylish footwork patterns to complement the spinning elements.

You’ll get lots of helpful tips and practice drills to improve your spin stability. Single, double triple… the sky is the limit!

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Prerequisite: Improver level minimum is required for this course

Recommendation: We advise you do this course 2 to 3 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo On2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata. 

Pachanga

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Pachanga is a fun and energetic way to spice up your footwork and put some funk and bounce into your Salsa and Mambo shines!  

Originally confused with Charanga, and  later identified as “La Pachanga”, this dance in it’s beginnings was fast and syncopated and only had a number of step variations. But when mixed with Cha Cha Cha later (Pachanga-Cha), it developed a much wider variety of moves. Cuban immigrants took the Pachanga rhythm and dance styles to the US, where they became hugely popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

This type of music has a festive, lively style and is marked by mischievous lyrics. What distinguishes Charanga and Pachanga music is that these use a different instrumentation, replacing the brass instruments more commonly used in Latin/Caribbean music with flutes and violins.

Pachanga dance movement utilises a shuffling and swivelling motion, usually achieved by dancers placing their weight on the balls of their feet, bending the knees and twisting their hips to emphasise the beat. It often employs varied footwork patterns, from three to eight beats, but in general each beat of the music is used. While proper Pachanga music and dance differs from Salsa, there is a lot of crossover in the music, so it is possible to integrate Pachanga movement and footwork into any Salsa or Mambo footwork pattern.

Prerequisite: No dance experience necessary, but being of Salsa Improver level or equivalent experience helps.
Recommendation: We advise to take a pachanga course 1 to 2 times to master the movement and the rhythm.
Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo On2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata. 

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