Maria was recommended to me as an excellent dancer and first rate instructor and I was very pleased with the quality of training she provided. At that time, I was seeking to increase my dance ability and understanding more rapidly than group type lessons allow. Maria is a genuine, ‘people’ person and and puts you at ease from day one, understanding and considerate yet at the same time rigorous and meticulous in helping you develop your dance. I particularly liked the free and experimental encouragement given to the student that, at the same time, had an underlying structure and syllabus tailored and built around the individual student, providing goals and visible developmental stages, written notes and even video feedback. It was nice as well to meet an instructor who places emphasis on musicality and rhythm before moves, being able to really help the student to understand latin music construction and rythms and continually reinforcing connection between music, moves and your partner. That said,Maria has an excellent repertoire of dance moves and was always able to demonstrate and explain any other individual move I myself would request separately. I would have no hesitation to recommend Maria. She has a lovely personality, genuine passion for her profession and can deliver a professional, efficient and creative program to her students.Colin
I have known Maria for 2 years+ now and from the outset of joining a salsa dance class with Maria one is immediately impressed with the sheer quality of Maria’s teaching skills. Trying to find a good Salsa teacher in London is extremely difficult but once you’ve had just one dance class with Maria you immediately know the difference – no need to look any further because all you need to know you can learn from Maria’s top class teaching skills. Not only does one learn effectively and quickly but everything you need to know is accurately communicated to you from the steps you are learning to your posture and technique helping you to become good at what you want to do. What’s more classes with Maria are great fun!Amanda Green
I have known Maria Palmieri for a few years now so when my Fiance and I decided to do a salsa for our wedding I could think no one better to ask for guidance (and I say this knowing some of the best teachers in London). Maria is an excellent choreographer, and although we knew how to dance there is no way we could have put together a dance like this with out Maria. Maria is extremely musical and creative, and she had it all worked out in her head just listening to the music. She was flexible, changing her ideas as we went along to make it fit better for us. And even though Maria clearly has done this for many couples, she was genuinely quite passionate about the chorography and really making it beautiful. It was such a huge success, to have everyone you love in a room give you a standing ovation after dancing with the one you love is such a great feeling. Everyone was cheering, and parents were crying! My husband John, who is not a trained dancer and not a performer looked at me saying “that was awesome I want to do it again!”I think not doing a dance at your wedding is something that could be quite regretable down the track, thanks Maria, it was truly wonderful.Sophie Ferris
I just wanted to thank you (belatedly and sincerely) for your efforts on my behalf. I couldn’t have wished for a better teacher.
All the best,
Hi Maria, Just to say thank you for the 1-2-1 for my cousin Jessica and myself last Sunday. We really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the CDs you gave us. Love the female singers as you don’t get many. I love La India too!Cristina
I spent a fantastic day with Maria on 1 to 1 basis which gave me a great boost of ideas, renewed enthusiasm and confidence with extending and re-inventing choreography for my Latin dance aerobics classes – I will be back for more – she is a brilliant and very patient teacher!Rachel
I have now been learning salsa from Maria for a little over a year. I had no prior dance training nor a musical background but with Maria’s teaching my dancing has soared from from beginner level to a level that I’m very proud of. I resisted private lessons for close to a year because of various reasons: Firstly, it was more expensive than group lessons. Secondly, I felt that I was learning everything I needed to learn in the group lessons. And thirdly, I was quite proud of the progress I was making without private lessons — some people thought I must have taken private lessons and it felt good to tell them that I hadn’t. However, I started to become more aware of aspects of my dance that were lacking and that there were things that group lessons couldn’t cover because of the size of the class. So I finally decided to buy a package of private lessons from Maria. Together, we worked on my weak points, she figured out what I was missing, gave me practical guidance and left me a list of things to work on in my own time. By the third lesson, I could already see a noticeable difference in my dance and felt more able to be creative and musical. All in all, the private lessons have been worth every penny. I have learned that you cannot improve on aspects of dance if you aren’t even aware of them, so this is where an experienced teacher of Maria’s calibre is invaluable to your dance progression. Maria is a talented and fantastic teacher that has incredible knowledge and insight into dance. Her lessons are well prepared, well structured, and best of all, they are fun!Tung
I was in London for a business trip and decided to arrange a last minute private lesson. What an enjoyable & informative session we had @ temple conference room in Andaz Hotel. I’ll make sure to check classes in the future while in London.
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I started having salsa lessons 2 years ago at the Bishopsgate Institute where I enrolled on a 6 week course. I did not have high expectations at the beginning but wanted to improve my fitness level and have fun during the lunch hour and this is where I met Maria my teacher. Maria made the class and experience so much fun that I am now addicted to dancing even though I have 2 left feet and now dance at least twice a week under her guidance. She is a very talented dancer with a lovely personality I would highly recommend her lessons to anyone.Belinda King
I have been looking for a good teacher for a long time until I have found Maria. I am totally satisfied with her teaching, she is extremely prepared, she teaches with calm and passion and she focus on how really make us learn the steps. I think that her teaching capabilities are superiors and I really highly recommend her classes either the group ones than the private. Thanks Maria for giving me confidence and teaching me how to dance.Giulia Audino
Maria is a lovely and patient teacher, very easy going. I had a great fun and learnt a lot from her, it is definitely enjoyable. No pressure, fun, and good music!Son Jun
Maria Palmieri teaches all levels of classes. She is an experienced teacher and dancer for many years. There are a lot of different styles of Salsa dancing: traditional Cuban, modern Latin- American, New York even modern european style. Maria knows them all, I have been taking Latin American dance lesson with her at Bishopsgate Institute and also Salsa. I really enjoyed learning from her because she is also very caring and lots of fun to learn from.Salvador Martin Gutierrez
I had been thinking about taking Private lessons to take my dancing to the next level, (I have been dancing salsa for four years and teaching for almost one year) when I came across Maria´s Salsa Tropical website by chance whilst surfing the web. After reading the information contained on the site including the section on Dance Etiquette, which should be required reading for all salsa dancers, I was sure that I would certainly improve my dancing ability after a course of 10 private lessons. After the initial email contact Maria asked a number of questions about my salsa background so she knew what to work on and we organised the schedule for the lessons. Due to the fact that I travel from Cork, Ireland once a fortnight Maria suggested we do 1 1/2 – 2 hour lessons. We concentrated on getting all the basics correct and learning short leadable routines. My regular partners noticed a difference in my leading and were surprised when I threw in a few new moves. Maria also emphasises the social aspect of salsa in that it is not just a series of routines but that you should also connect with your partner. Maria is a very thorough teacher and she is able to convey her dancing knowledge succinctly. I shall be taking a further course of 10 lessons to continue improving my ability. I can highly recommend taking private lessons with Maria.Peter Kelly
Maria’s teacher training package was absolutely first class — it was extremely thorough, informative and very detailed. She is an excellent teacher — very knowledgeable, experienced and great fun to work with. She is patient, creative and flexible and I really enjoyed myself. The DVDs and written notes included in the package are brilliant as well. All in all its a wonderful teacher training programme that I recommend to anyone.Tarushka Panjwani
I began to learn salsa with Maria at the Bishopsgate Insitute after an holiday in Cuba in 2001, and have kept studying with her since, in different venues and clubs, through classes and private lessons . I can recommend her as a salsa teacher to anyone, both men and women, since Maria has the ability that great teachers have to master the leading techniques as as well as the following ones. It is my opinion that she is one of the best teacher in London, strived by her passion for salsa and for teaching.Christophe Bancquart
Maria trained with Alvin Ailey New York, London Contemporary Dance, and she has an MA from the Laban Centre London. And it shows! A professional dancer and choreographer, she has taught Salsa, Alexander and other techniques since 1994. She is a brilliant teacher; nurturing beginners, advanced dancers and also those taking her teacher training package. She is a sensitive, thorough teacher, and students who really want to learn well are very fortunate if they have the opportunity to learn with Maria.Moss Ladbrooke
I’d like to thank you. I feel much more confident and found it fun learning with you. You have great technique, and are very patient! I’ll keep on recommending my friends. I’m going to come to the classes, and look at arranging some more lessons with you.Mike