Salsa Instructors & Teachers Training London

Have you ever dreamed of starting a career in dance as a salsa instructor?

The salsa instructor course, with Salsa-Tropical, will give you an essential foundation in teaching salsa dance. We are based in Central London.

Salsa Instructor Course Details

On the salsa instructor course you will learn:

  1. The principles of teaching salsa
  2. Terminology
  3. Communication skills
  4. Organisational skills of structuring movement patterns and salsa classes
  5. Musical understanding
  6. History of salsa
  7. Different styles of salsa and Latin American dances
  8. Technique and salsa styling
  9. Create a safe environment to avoid student injuries

A good salsa teaching programme will encourage the development of a number of skills, and still appear simple to the student at the same time.

With this in mind, the structure of the salsa instructor course aims to produce individuals, who at the completion of it, should have some form of:

  • Musicality – understanding salsa timing and instruments
  • Footwork – knowledge of basic step patterns
  • Partnership – lead and or following, partner empathy
  • Dance vocabulary – the terminology of dance teaching
  • Understanding – experience of salsa and Latin dance

The Salsa Instructor Course will include

  • 15 hours of one-to-one salsa instruction with Maria Palmieri. Fully inclusive of 50 hours apprenticeship. This is the equivalent of a 1 year Full Time training Course.
  • Including practical time assisting private lessons.
  • Including practical time assisting group lessons.
  • 7 Assignments
  • 2 practical salsa exams with 2 teachers externally moderating.
  • History of Salsa.
  • Musical understanding of instruments and timing.
  • Study of different salsa techniques and styles: Cuban, L.A. London, New York and La Rueda de Casino.
  • Study of different Latin American dances: Mambo, Cha Cha, Merengue, Rumba, Bachata.
  • Introduction to NLP (Nero Linguistic Programming) for enhanced communication skills.
  • Complete audio package for teaching – several CD’s containing explanation of timing, instruments and more.
  • Numerous multimedia material of international and experienced teachers of salsa.
  • Class structure and syllabus for: Beginners and Improvers (for Intermediate level only with previous experience).
  • Training in how to organize and teach a salsa course for beginner and improvers students.
  • Learning the lead and follow of a comprehensive step sequence for teaching beginner, improver salsa classes (for intermediate level, only with previous experience).
  • Spinning techniques for male and female.
  • Salsa styling tips for male and female.
  • Essential marketing strategies for your own dance business.
  • Testing and inspection of participant with external teachers.
  • Certificate upon successful completion of the salsa instructor course.

Regarding Certification

In Salsa there is no currently International Governing Body that accepts and/or recognises any specific certificate.

Please contact me if you have any questions about that.

I have several dance certificates from professional schools in the world: London Contemporary Dance School, Master from Laban Center and BA from PUC. I have also taught a BTEC-Performing Arts School which students need to complete 3 years course to gain a certification. This is after they have gained NVQ Certificate which is a very basic level.

In order to be a Salsa Instructor:

  • You need excellent training: lead-follow.
  • Syllabus to follow up as a lesson plan.
  • Pratical experience.
  • Instruction from a highly experienced teacher/dancer ideally with a professional dance training preferably. (I do recognize a difference in tutors from the other ones with a professional training to the ones with none)
  • Dedication, practice and will.
  • Discipline
  • Teaching is a different skill to dancing. They complement each other.

After your training: you are required to have insurance liability and CRB check.

Practical Salsa Experience

You are required to have at least 1 year of dancing salsa – any styles, to do your teacher’s training.

Gain experience:

After the training you are requested to do 10 hours of practice before you gain your certificate.

You may assist teaching group lessons and also one to one.

So you will gain EXPERIENCE which is essential for your teaching..

You will also be invited in taking part and assist in any Salsa-Tropical Party/Corporate Events and parties if you are in London.

When you complete the Course successfully we may invite you to integrate Salsa-Tropical Team of teachers for our Events and Clubs.

We are looking for teachers to take part of Salsa-Tropical Team

Cost: please contact Maria Palmieri

Maria Palmieri has been teaching dance since 1994, including being in charge for 3 years of of a BTEC – Performing Arts Course, at Croydon College also taught at The City Lit and several other Adult Education in Brazil, New York and London.

Recently I just read this quote from a Professional Coach and Educator, Chris Wesley:

Learn Fast – Stay Stupid.

This training is not a speed training at all but we can accommodate your needs if necessary to do an intensive training and give you material to practice. In order to become an accomplished teacher it will require your effort, time, dedication and focus to acquire this new skill.

Want to teach Salsa?  Our teacher training program is now accepting applications.  Kindly fill up the form below and we’ll be happy to hear from you!

Teacher Training Enquiry Form

Salsatropical Ltd
Latin dance school, offering private salsa lessons, salsa workshops, first wedding dance lessons and corporate entertainment.

61 Wilmot Street,
Bethnal Green,
E2 0BT,


Mon-Sun 10am – 7pm

I learned a lot from the teachers at Salsa Tropical as they are all very friendly and professional – they work hard to produce interesting lessons, and are very observant of their students capabilities, this in turn allows their students to progress with high standards and knowledge of Salsa dancing. Would recommend.

Nick Haydon

August 2016

I learned a lot from the teachers at Salsa Tropical as they are all very friendly and professional – they work hard to produce interesting lessons, and are very observant of their students capabilities, this in turn allows their students to progress with high standards and knowledge of Salsa dancing. Would recommend.

Nick Haydon

August 2016

I learned a lot from the teachers at Salsa Tropical as they are all very friendly and professional – they work hard to produce interesting lessons, and are very observant of their students capabilities, this in turn allows their students to progress with high standards and knowledge of Salsa dancing. Would recommend.

Nick Haydon

August 2016


Hey Dance Lovers!
I would like to grab the opportunity here to tell you about my experience I gained @ Salsa Tropical in the past couple of months !
I am a competitive Latin / Ballroom dancer, with couple of years experience so I have a good insight into dancing and I must say if you are into learning Salsa then look no further!
Maria is a great, lovely, professional, bubbly Dance Instructor with plenty of years behind her back and is dedicated and passionate about people and dancing! I am proud to be part of the teacher team as well now as a newbie teacher which is hell lot of fun! Both the Teacher Training and the Group classes are so much fun, laughter, happiness with great vibe and people and of course Salsa steps and techniques taught by highly experienced instructors like Maria!
I could write plenty of pages how great Salsa Tropical is but you have to experience it yourself, I promise you won’t regret it : ) Classes running on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays you have plenty of options! Don’t hesitate, just do it!!! : )
See you in class,

Adam 2015: 5star

DJ/Producer & Dance Lover

I whole-heartedly recommend completing a teacher training course with Maria Palmieri and Salsa-Tropical. The syllabus was totally thorough and comprehensive; the style absolutely professional; the structure helpfully flexible, and the process was fun throughout.I loved how the range of written assignments made me think about, research and analyze salsa and salsa performing in a different way. The practical assignments increased my dancing experience, both leading and following, and added new dimensions and insights to my ever increasing knowledge. Plus, the wealth of CD’s and DVDs I received on the course were a hugely important and helpful resource.
Maria is patient, professional, very knowledgeable and experienced, and has been a great teacher, manager and friend to me. I have had the wonderful experience of teaching on behalf of Salsa-Tropical, of attending and assisting at ladies styling and partner workshops, and of learning directly from Maria and witnessing her effortless and graceful style. As I took almost a full year to complete the course, I had the opportunity to really increase both my dancing and teaching: knowledge, experience and confidence, and I learnt a lot from the feedback that I received along the way. I believe that becoming a truly great teacher takes time, effort, constant self-evaluation and unshakable passion for your subject. I am now teaching several times a week and am very proud of my teacher training qualification with Salsa-Tropical.

Claire Dilliway October 2009

Salsa and Yoga Instructor and Marketing Professional

When I think of Salsa-Tropical I can feel a big smile on my face. So many great experiences and so many lovely people…In my opinion the teacher training Maria offers is excellent, she is more than just a teacher giving you lots of information. She is there for you as a friend and to share with you her experiences and knowledge of Salsa-Tropical as a Higly Professional Company.
Maria cares about everything; being up-to-date with the music, with the techniques, what’s going on around the world, what is good for the teachers, the clients, the business. Honestly, the experience is quite a pleasant journey that can become quite long depending on your interests.
I worked with Salsa-Tropical for 4 years after I finished my training and never got tired of it!
I moved abroad. All I learnt with Salsa-Tropical has stayed with me over the years as a strong foundation for many Latin rhythms and for teaching, in general, any kind of dance or body movement.
Do not hesitate to have the experience yourself.

Leonor Camacho March 2011

from Colombia, Dance & Fitness Instructor, Graphics Designer

Maria delivers an excellent teacher training course. The fact that Maria frequently visits other countries to continue her own education in styles of dance, particularly Salsa, means she has a wealth of knowledge which she is happy to share with her students. I had great fun learning with Maria and have enjoyed assisting with her 1 day intensive workshops.
As a Personal Trainer/Exercise to Music instructor it has given me the skills to add Salsa to my repertoire.
Maria continues to be my Mentor, inspiration and good friend.

Anne Sept 2014

Pilates and Fitness Instructor

I think that Salsa-Tropical’s Teacher Training Course is excellently designed to help you make the difficult transition from salsa dancer to teacher.The course combines practical training with written tasks, both of which I found to be extremely beneficial to my learning.
The private tuition with Maria allowed me to develop my technique as a dancer as well as learn how to vocalise and demonstrate my knowledge to others. The course also provides a vast amount of information on the history of salsa dancing, music and Latin culture which is not only interesting but provides you with essential background knowledge to help enrich your classes.
The best thing about the programme for me, was being given the opportunity to train over a long period of time with Maria and the rest of the Salsa Tropical team, assisting with teaching the classes, until I felt confident enough to teach a class myself.
I finished the course and have continued to work with Salsa Tropical for the past 2 years. Maria has not only provided me with the essential skills needed to structure and teach classes, but she has also become a close friend who has helped me learn how to run my own business as well as being a constant source of advice, guidance and support.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole learning process and would definitely recommend doing the teacher training course with SalsaTropical.

Danielle Satsias October 2011

Dance instructor, fitness trainer.

Teacher training with Maria Palmieri of Salsa-Tropical was a great experience. I have danced for many years and have always wanted to teach.The Salsa-Tropical training appealed to me as it seemed more comprehensive than other training programs which are on offer in London, such as “learn to teach in one weekend” I actually think that is impossible!
I valued the one to one time I spent with Maria, but Maria also offers invaluable practical experience which you just can’t do with out. Maria was so helpful and patient with me over the last few months and always invited me to participate in her classes and workshops or any events she was running.
All this exposure to see what she does as a professional was so useful and also inspiring. Maria is friendly, fun and always open to questions. I felt very comfortable around Maria from the beginning and her approachable nature is conducive to a good learning experience for her students. You need to feel comfortable and not silly to ask questions as a student and Maria was great like this.
Also, she is not scared to give you feedback, good or bad, but this is the only way to learn.
I very much value Maria’s opinion and I have a lot of respect for her as a business woman, dancer, teacher and now a friend.

Sophie Ferris July 2007

Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy and Certified Pilate’s Instructor (APPI).

They give a lot of feedback, which is crucial to allow students to progress with high standards and knowledge of Salsa. After completing the lessons I had with Salsa Tropical; my footwork became more proficient, I gained a better understanding for both leader and follower patterns, a larger repertoire of moves and also learned how best to communicate with others if you were to teach a Salsa lesson yourself. I learned a lot and will use what I have learned with them into the future. Whether you are total beginner, or someone with experience and/or thinking of teaching, I think Salsa Tropical will have something to offer you. Would recommend.

Nick Haydon

August 2016

Hi Maria,
Maria is a woman of many talents, a skilled dancer, a playful dance instructor, and a great teacher of teachers. It was for this last purpose that I travelled to London to learn from her how to become a salsa teacher. In two weeks, I received two huge binders full of salsa resources including, the history of the dance, the music, and many useful tips and tools for dancing and teaching salsa. Maria also provided a very useful and detailed syllabus of how to break down the steps and patterns. And most useful perhaps were the many hours she spent with me being my practice ‘student’ as I learned to master the various patterns she taught me. I’m so glad to have met this wonderful teacher of teachers.Take care,


Visual artist, life coach, fund manager and now dance teacher.

Thank you for your time and effort on the course.
The 15 hours of personal tuitions were great!
They were intense, a lot to take in but contained invaluable
information.Before the course I didn’t know any guy’s step except the cross body
lead (badly) and now I can throw a routine together and better still
ladies can follow.
Maria allowed me to help out with workshops, private lesson and
classes. These were amazing opportunities and an insight of what it
would be like to teach.

Mandy June-Sept 2012

Personal trainer.